The marketing experts say that having a great “hook line” or “log line” for your book is critical. Here are a few lines on the topic from AuthorSalon.com:
- This much shorter description is really your “Hook Line” or “Log Line” as it is known in the film industry. A good and hooky one liner is just as necessary and useful for promoting novels and nonfiction books as it is for film scripts.
- Also, like many other aspects of your Author Salon profile, it forces you to consider your work in a manner that strongly encourages you to realize those primary elements that will help sell it (see below), or at least convince an agent or editor to take it seriously from the onset.
My hook (in THE PROVING profile at AuthorSalon.com) has been pretty weak. So I am re-working it as part of this week’s push towards massive progress on the book. It needs to be no more than 70 words or so, two or three sentences, but capture conflict, characters, distinction, setting, and action at a very high level.
Let me know what you think, and PLEASE suggest improvements. You can’t hurt my feelings with this stuff… I am all about improvement!
THE PROVING, by KE Jackson: Hook Line
Emergents, they are called; young people in the kingdom of Touran who manifest incredible supernatural powers but inevitably become murderously insane. But when a brash young adventurer and a royal princess begin to manifest Emergent powers, they learn of their calling to lead a band of fearful, hunted youths against powerful dark princes in a contest called THE PROVING – with the fate of their world in the balance.