by Tamela Hancock Murray
I’m at the Florida Christian Writers Conference today, so while I’m away, you can have fun!
When reviewing proposals, I have noticed one particular element can present a challenge. That element is the hook.
What does the hook do?
Just as its name suggests, the hook lures the editor to keep reading. Challenge is, the hook must be succinct. One sentence is ideal. For example:
When an only child marries a widower with seven children, her fantasies about family meet with reality, to comical results.
This hook shows the overarching conflict and lets the reader know the book is comedic. Readers who enjoy reading family humor will gravitate to this book.
When a widow unearths secret computer accounts with communication between her deceased husband and two mistresses, she decides to meet with them both.
This hook tells readers the book is contemporary, and brings questions to the reader’s mind as to who the mistresses are and how they will react. Readers intrigued by emotional conflict and betrayal will gravitate to this book.
When her parents send Mary from their home in the Wyoming Territory back to Boston to learn how to be a lady, she learns that taming high society tongues — and her new suitors — proves tougher than breaking a bucking bronco.
Readers of lighthearted historical romance will want to read this book.
Are you a movie fan? If so, coupling well-known titles can be effective:
Star Wars meets Mrs. Doubtfire — in this story of a space alien who wants nothing more than a relationship with his children.
Gone with the Wind meets Rambo – when a modern-day warrior travels back to the Civil War to try to change the course of history.
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