But you have the opportunity to send a part of yourself to Wordstock with me, in my briefcase. Here's how.
My gig is about pitching your/our/a book in a few words. It's about hooks and blurbs and straplines and all manner of pithy succinctity. I will spend a bit of time demonstrating the necessary ingredients of a great hook and then we will have a shot at creating them - either from our own books or from books we know and love, or even hate.
One thing we will do is analyse some actual or imagined hooks and brainstorm what's wrong and right with them. This is where you come in: would you like to sling your hook this way and let us analyse it?
You would? Fantastic! So, give us your max-25-word hook/pitch in the comments below. Then, blog readers can comment on them and we will discuss some at Wordstock. I will report back with what we thought.
To get you started, here are some tips for hooks - tips, not rules, but do be careful about how and why you would break the rules.
- Focus on the main character only
- Include (with knobs on) the conflict/goal/problem
- Make us care by highlighting what the MC will lose if he fails - the stakes