The First Page: Hooking Your Reader

4 Steps to a Page-Turner

by Amy Maida Wadsworth Forget the old adages you’ve heard: In a real race between a tortoise and a hare, the hare would win every time. It’s biology. And what applies to biology applies to writing as well: no one wants to write at tortoise speed or produce a book that would make a tortoise…

Hook Critique: Memoir

A Memoir, Edited Hook Critique Series: Article 5 Every quarter or so we show you some live content editing, focusing on the opening pages of a work in progress. The hook is undoubtedly one of—if not the—most important parts of your book. It’s your big chance to capture the reader, agent, or editor of your…

Hook Critique: Choosing Tense, Part 2

Choosing the Right Tense Hook Critique Series: Article 4, Part 2 Today we’re following up with the second part of our article on choosing a tense for your story. Taffy Lovell generously allowed us to post a critique of an early first page draft from her novel It’s Not Me. (You can see that here.) Below is her…

Hook Critique: Choosing Tense, Part 1

Choosing the Right Tense Hook Critique Series: Article 4, Part 1 By Angela Eschler and Heidi Brockbank Welcome to our fourth article in our Hook Critique series, where we review authors’ opening pages to give them insight on whether they’re creating sufficient hooks for agents and/or readers. (To get the full scoop on what this…

Hook Critique: POV Part 2

Point of View Hook Critique Series: Article 3, Part 2 Today we’re following up with the second part of our article. Julie Bellon generously allowed us to post a critique of an early first page draft from her novel All Fall Down. (You can see that here.) Below is her revised first page and her…