10.26.2006

Run up to the Crapometer-'what is a hook'

It's amazing what you find when you google "how to write a hook for a novel"

Here's one

13 comments:

Brady Westwater said...

Now that's a great site!

Annie Dean said...

I said this in a blog entry a while back but it bears restating. The number one query letter mistake I see is overwriting. People put too much detail in the "synopsis", they don't have a strong hook, they give too much irrelevant background info on themselves, etc.

Writing a tight query that gets the job done (and leaves a person curious where you go from there) will get you a request for a partial a lot quicker than a bloated, overwritten one. Most likely, a reader will think you can't control your manuscript any better if your query letter has careened out of your control and you get a form letter. When I was looking for an agent, I had a really good record for getting requests, something like 15 of 25 asked to see the first 50 pages / first three chapters.

LadyBronco said...

Very interesting websire...Miss Snark, thank you for the heads-up!

writtenwyrdd said...

Yes, thanks for such a great link!

Anonymous said...

Yes, thanks for such a great link!

I do have a question, though. In the link, it says a hook paragraph should also include the novel length and related info. Do you prefer it be there in the first paragraph, or after the novel description? I've seen samples that do it both ways, and was curious what is standard in Snarkville.

JB said...

Quote: "It's amazing what you find when you google 'how to write a hook for a novel'"

How do you think most of us found YOU in the first place!!

Mark said...

Everybody should have been all over that site long before now. It's key to the campaign.

Anonymous said...

I googled "sock puppet" and got Miss Snark. TK

Anonymous said...

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Meg said...

When I decided I was going to dare to dream that I may be published one day, I went to Nicholas Sparks' site (www.nicholassparks.com). He has a writer's corner with example query letters. I mimicked his style nearly to the "T". After all, if it worked for Nicholas...

About a dozen or so rejections later from alleged romance agents, I discovered that his model was very different from the standard. And apparently, though being different worked for him, it wasn't going to work for me! I've made it a bit more "typical" now, and I hope that makes someone want to read my work.

Just goes to show... what?

Corn Dog said...

"Bridges of Madison County
When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience that will haunt them forever.
"...and make most of America nod off.

so much for hooks.

lottery ticket said...

AgentQuery was a huge help to me in finding an agent. Lots of great info on that site.

BradyDale said...

It just inspired me to rewrite my hook again from scratch. I've been doing that a lot over the last 6 weeks, and no one has seen it yet. I think I like this one better. Had no plans to attack it today.