H is for Hook
Getting the opening sentence of a story right is so important. This is what hooks the reader and entices them to read on. The opening sentence is generally short with a strong verb that causes an immediate reaction in the reader. When I choose a book, if I’m immediately hooked by the opening line, I will buy. My favourite authors who, in my view, are excellent at hooking their readers from the offset are: James Carol, David Baldacci, James Rollins, Elly Griffiths, Jeffrey Deaver and Leigh Russell, to name but a few. The hook is key to engaging the reader and to making sales.
Are you hooked by opening lines? What entices you to buy?