Hooking the Reader with a Killer Opening to Your Book

 

by Helena Fairfax

This is another topic that has made me take a good look at my own writing. My first thought is that it’s vital to have an opening that hooks the reader. Some people say a killer opening is even more important now, since online stores like Amazon have a facility to “Look inside” the book, or to download the first few pages as a sample.

They say readers have too much choice and a short attention span, and we have to be hooked immediately or you lose us. But I think back to the days when there was no Amazon and I could only obtain books from bookshops or libraries. I used to do exactly the same thing before choosing a book – check out the blurb, and then have a read of the opening to see if it grabbed me. If I wasn’t hooked, I put the book back.

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5 Qualities to Look for in a Good Beta Reader

 

by S. T. Sanchez

 

  1. Trustworthy

This is definitely something you want to look at.  Can you trust this person to read and critique your work without sharing it and putting it out on social media without your consent.  (This has happened to well known authors.  Just look up midnight sun by Stephenie Meyers)

Some writers even go so far as to have their beta readers sign a confidentiality agreement.  I have chosen not to go this route, but I am very particular about who I let see my work pre-publication.

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