But how do you make yours stand out from the hundreds the agent will read that week?
|Hook 'em Danno!|
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Think of the tag line from your favorite movie. It's the catchy slogan that will resonate with people and make them curious about the show. Your hook should do the same, ie: make the agent want to keep reading.
A good hook tells who the main character is (this can include age or personality description), grounds the genre, and ends with an unexpected twist.
I love to help with queries, but my passion is the hook. Post your 'hook' in my comments if you'd like feedback.
To get the ball rolling, here are two samples from my own writing.
At Willem's department store, none of the night security guards survive for long, but sixteen year old Daniel Gale doesn't scare that easily.
Hopeful heir, Edward Nichols travels to his family's English estate for the reading of his late Uncle's will only to find Craigmoore Manor has been turned into the scene of a murder investigation.
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