Welcome, Traci Sanders!
Traci is the ultra writers’ resource-person for how-to and support–plus she’s a novelist and children’s author. She’s taking over as my guest today with advice on how to create marketing hooks.
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Now, for honoring my blog and website with a stop on her tour, I introduce Traci Sanders!
Traci: I’ve decided to give away two prizes during this tour:
*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Before You Publish– Volume I
*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Beyond The Book –Volume II
To enter, all you have to do is email me a proof of purchase of a digital copy of either of these two books during the tour.
I will draw TWO winners total, at the end of the tour.
Please email your proof of purchase (can be a screenshot) to email@example.com.
TIP 230: Reel ‘em in (creating hooks for your books)
**This tip, and many others on marketing and networking, can be found in Beyond The Book: Tips on publishing, marketing, and networking to build your brand, now available in digital and paperback format.
Do you want to increase your chances of selling your book? You need a great hook!
What is a hook? It’s a short (one-or-two-line) phrase used to market your book. It’s not a synopsis, blurb, or description. It gives your readers just enough information about your book to make them hungry for more. Even more, a great hook can grab the attention of an editor or publisher and land you a contract. It will be the first impression they have of your story, so it must be compelling.
Here are some quick-and-dirty tips for writing a great hook:
*Write it in first-person POV – it creates a sense of immediacy.
*Never use passive verbs; use strong ones.
*Don’t give away too much of the story. Avoid spoilers or revealing too much of the main conflict.
*Keep your main theme in mind – death, romance, loss, grief, coming of age, family, friendship, etc.
*Be passionate about your statement. Make it bold, but don’t use too many adjectives or adverbs. Use descriptive nouns.
*Make a small list of the main characters or plot topics, and choose some that stand out to keep in mind when creating your hook.
*Focus on what makes your story unique, and use it to pitch your book.
Here are a couple of hooks which have scored publishing contracts.
Eat, Pray, Love:
After a painful divorce, the author sets out to devote one year to pleasure, prayer and love. She travels to three distinctly different locales to immerse herself in these pursuits. Can a heartbroken and confused woman purposely set out to find happiness?
A Tale of Two Cities:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.”
I actually have a couple of hooks for my latest romance novel Unsevered:
Sometimes people are put in our paths … to teach us how to let go.
People say they would give anything to have just one more moment with a loved one lost.
And here is one for my debut novella When Darkness Breaks:
A tragedy tears a couple apart. Another one brings them back together. But is it too late to salvage their love?
A hook can be a powerful tool for pulling people in to check out your books. These work well on promo images as teasers, and on social media pages.
You can find Traci Sanders at A Word with Traci: AWordWithTraci, Readers Review Room: ReadersReviewRoom, GeezWriter: GeezWriter, and publisher/producer Fresh Ink Group: FreshInkGroup.
Thanks, Traci, for honoring me and my followers with a visit and great advice! –Stephen Geez