Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Hook

I know it is probably way too soon to be thinking of this, but I have been working off and on for months on coming up with a hook for Crimson Swarm. The hook is somewhat akin to the jacket copy on a finished novel. That quick paragraph or two that will entice people to buy the book, instead of the one sitting next to it on the shelf. So far I have not been happy with anything I've come up with. But this morning I saw this entry by Kristin Nelson:

A light really came on for me. So I quickly dashed off a hook. It is very rough still, so I won't post it, but using her basic thoughts, and the example she gave from Harry Potter, I am really excited about a hook for the first time. This is probably the 5th or 6th one I've written, and it is the first one that makes me think someone might want to buy the book based on it.

Of course my goal will be to find an agent with it (who knows maybe it will be Kristin).


Bernita said...

I like the title.

D. Robert Pease said...

I'm glad you do. I've been toying around with the idea of changing it. It is the name given to the enemy armies (They dress in dark red, and there are thousands of them like a swarm). I'm just not sure it is menacing enough. But really that is the least of my worries at the moment.