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Hooking the Reader : Opening Lines that Sell Paperback – July 30, 2001
Hooking the Reader is...
In a word -- intensive
In a library -- invaluable
In a classroom -- informative -- Stephen P. Byers, Author, Writing instructor
If you write, you need it. If you simply like to read, it will leave you dizzy and delighted. -- Gene Wolfe, Bestselling SF Author
This book of shocking quotes and generous commentary will teach writers to become much better hookers. -- Priscilla Cogan, Author
About the Author
Sharon Rendell-Smock had nearly achieved a master's degree in social work when she decided to pursue her main interest--writing. She began this new career at age nineteen as a Florida newspaper features writer. Since 1996, Rendell-Smock is regularly listed in the International Authors and Writers Who's Who, published in Cambridge, UK.
Rendell-Smock went on to write more than 30 computer software user manuals. Her other projects include writing for various firms; editing for other authors; writing for numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
In 1995, she earned a national nonfiction writing award for her book, Living with Big Cats: The Story of Jungle Larry, Safari Jane, and David Tetzlaff.
Her latest book, Hooking the Reader: Opening Lines that Sell, answers the question "What grabs the reader?" This book presents original material from more than 100 bestselling fiction authors.
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More than 100 published authors share their techniques and secrets of hooking their readers.
Rendell-Smock didn't just throw all of the author's responses in a hodgepodge manner and call it a book. She reviewed all the material she received, looked for similarities, and found patterns that she formatted in an easy-to-read, expansive source of "first line" information.
Award winning authors quote first lines from their own creations as well as from authors they admire.
Rendell-Smock arranges her book with insights from each author and examples of first lines from classic to contemporary.
Not only do these great authors share their techniques for hooking their readers with first lines, they share their thoughts and feelings about what motivated them to chose the words they did.
So, what makes a great first sentence? The hook. The hook is what captures the reader's interest and draws them into the author's imagination. Authors who use the hook effectively understand the importance of first impressions and carrying their reader's interest from the first page to the last.
You only get one chance to make a great first impression - Your book is no exception. Sharon Rendell-Smock understands this concept perfectly.
She tells us that "books can start with a bang or a whimper." A great first sentence can be the start of a wonderful relationship between the author and the reader.
Discover the secrets of other authors and learn how to hook your reader from the very first sentence!