Best description of hooks that I've ever readViola Rivard said:I don't really have a science to writing hooks. What I do have, is what I call my Scorpion Move. Remember Scorpion from Mortal Kombat? He's a resurrected ninja who wields a Kunai-tipped rope, which he uses to impale his victims in the chest. This move is followed by him shouting "Get over here!" and then dragging the victim to him so that he can punch her in the face.
Well, writing hooks is kind of like that. Sort of.
Just when your reader is starting to get bored, you need to have your Kunai-tipped rope ready. Impale them with a twist, a revelation, something they weren't expecting or something they've been anticipating. Remember, most readers consider the end of a chapter to be the ideal stopping point, so make sure you have a "Get over here!" moment waiting, so they can't resist letting you drag them into the next chapter.
Thank you for the advice, Viola!D.D.Parker said:Thank you so much for this, Viola! As I hit publish yesterday on my debut work, I have to say I got a little worried, but seeing your success is such an inspiration and these posts are invaluable, so thank you!
Can you reiterate what you did without paying for advertising?Viola Rivard said:As I tell inquiring minds all the time, I didn't invest in marketing or promos to get my books out there. To date, I've spent a grand total of $5 on advertising. Nope, that's not missing any zeros. There are a lot of things you can do, besides marketing, to set your books up for success.
I don't know about you, but I'm skeptical of anyone who says "If you do these things, you will make money" usually while holding the information ransom for a nominal fee. I'm not asking for any of your money, and I don't stand to gain anything by telling you this. If you do these things, you will make money in self-publishing. I'm not an isolated case. There are other people who have followed this advice and been successful because of it.
I did say that... In a different place, which you later saw...THAT wasn't s'posed to happen, lol. However, I stand by those words still today...I'm old enough to be your mom too, and I hope no one ever takes a dig at that sweet soul of yours. You deserve your success and the fact that you still wear it so humble makes me now want to double-bubble-wrap you upViola Rivard said:LL Akers once said she wanted to wrap me up in bubble wrap and hide me away, I think in her basement or something. So that's not weird at all.