We were thrilled to have Elizabeth Law, Senior Editor and Backlist Specialist at Holiday House run a workshop at our June 2022 CWHV Event on writing your manuscript's hook. She was humorous, knowledgeable, approachable and a real delight.
Crafting a compelling hook is essential in getting an agent's or editor's attention. If your hook doesn't grab or appeal to them, they will stop reading. When writing your hook, try to put the key words in your title or in the first 25 words of your description. Always highlight the conflict or tension.
Several examples of hooks were discussed, along with several formulas for crafting your hook.1. Book A meets Book B (for example: Mean Girls Meet Parent Trap)
2. My book, (title) has the sexual tension like Twilight but with pirates instead of vampires. (State what is similar and what is different.)
3. Character + Context + Stakes
Tips on researching and finding examples of hooks were discussed.
Thank you Elizabeth for a wonderful and fun afternoon!
You can find Elizabeth on Twitter @elawreads