"If you want to hook a reader, you need them to be intrigued when reading your first page. This goal--to hook readers early and thoroughly--is at the foundation of Hooked, a great resource for fiction writers written by novelist Les Edgerton. In this day and age, readers won't stick around to page 35 to see if a book gets good. It has to get their attention immediately, so Hooked shows you plenty of examples of first pages that grab readers, and it also includes a collection of quotes from literary agents explaining what they like to see right there in Chapter 1. This is an excellent buy for writers of fiction, kids, memoir or narrative nonfiction."
- Chuck Sambuchino, Guide to Literary Agents Editor
You'll Love This Book If:
- You are new to fiction writing
- You are having trouble starting your story
- You want to know the secrets to keeping readers interested from start to finish
Every writer who has read books about writing fiction has probably heard about the importance of hooking your reader from page one. After all, if a novel or short story has a bad beginning, no one — including an agent or editor — is going to keep on reading.
If you have questions about writing exciting opening scenes or are wondering if you should open your story with a summary or start it with a prologue, you'll find the answers to your questions in Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers At Page One. Author Les Edgerton focuses on how to write successful story beginnings that will hook readers from page one till the story's ending. He explains story and scene structure in a simple, yet understandable way. He also examines opening lines, paragraphs, and scenes to demonstrate what writers should avoid when writing the first few pages.
Edgerton believes these four goals must be met to ensure a successful story beginning:
- Successfully introducing the story-worthy problem
- Hooking the reader
- Establishing the rules of the story
- Forecasting the ending of the story
and learn how to start your story in a way that hooks readers from page one!
In This Book You'll Learn:
- The best ways to start a story
- About scene and story structure
- How to brainstorm the ending of a story
About the Author:
Les Edgerton currently lives in Fort Wayne, IN. He has written 11 books and teaches writing classes and workshops.
A Word From The Introduction:
"Why a book on just story beginnings? The simple truth is, if your beginning doesn't do the job it needs to, the rest of the story most likely won't be read by the agent or editor or publisher you submit it to. A better question is why only one book on beginnings! It is very possibly the most important part of the story you'll write, and you need to get it right if you want your story to see print.
A tremendous number of manuscripts never get read by agents and editors. Wait. Amend that to: A tremendous number of possibly good and even brilliant novels and short stories never get read beyond the first few paragraphs or pages by agents and editors. Why? Simple: The stories don't begin in the right place. When an agent or editor encounters a poor or improper beginning, she doesn't bother to read on. This book intends to help writers fix that problem.
That's the entire premise of this book. Sounds simple, doesn't it? It is simple, and yet, other than being written in the wrong voice, the single biggest reason manuscripts get rejected is because the writer begins in the wrong place. What's ironic is that manuscripts don't get rejected because the majority of the story is good and only the beginning is flawed—they get rejected because the agent or editor never gets to the good part to begin with. A story that begins in the wrong place won't be read much past that point. If the good stuff occurs later on, in all likelihood it will never be reached by the agent or editor."