When you look at a lot of blurbs, you usually see a bolded or italicized first sentence that goes something like this:
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
- Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkowski
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?
- Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas
Such sentences are the hook.
In some cases, the hook can actually be found on the cover of a book. And it was working on my book cover that led me to my story’s hook.
The Hook is just enough of a teaser to pique a reader’s interest, while giving a sense of the story about to unfold on the pages within the a book’s exterior.They are a marketing tool used to attract a potential reader and encourage them to purchase a book and read it.
I only just figured out mine. And here it is –
Is love worth the price?
It’s simple and to the point but it truly encapsulates a key element of The Pursual and impacts the book’s two main characters, Neith and Invier.
In my case, I had written The Pursual and even written it’s follow up, The Paladin, before figuring out what hook I would include to help sell my book. It might have been better if I’d known that precious line earlier but I’m just glad I’ve figured it out. Even though it might change, the fact is that realizing this one sentence and its significance for my story couldn’t have happened at a better time.
I’ve put my books aside to ‘rest’ so I can get some distance from them. In the meantime, I’ve been reading and learning as best as I can. With this ‘rest’ period under my belt, finally knowing my hook is going to allow me to look at my WIP and edit from that perspective. Undoubtedly, this will help polish the story.
Here’s to the next edit of The Pursual!
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