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The question of the month is: What’s harder, coming up with my book title or with the blurb?
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So this month’s question for IWSG is a very interesting one, the blurb or the title? They are both hooks! If you decide to subtitle each chapter, those are hooks. The last sentence of each chapter should be hooks as well as the very first sentence of the book! Oh, and the book cover is a hook in case that thought hasn’t crossed.
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I rather enjoy coming up with hooks and blurbs—it’s an excellent opportunity to let your book shine for the passing reader. To hook ‘em! For me, it’s more of a challenge to compose the blurb because a whole lot more thought must go into voice, mood, sentence structure, and audience.
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I’ve posted a few blurbs below to illustrate what I mean. Luckily the publishers liked my titles that they allowed me to keep those! The first one is Sci-Fi, the second is YA Romance, the third is Steampunk Romance. As for the last, the book isn't published yet!
Keeping his nightmares secret is costing Damarin his sanity and encountering strange anomalies might damage his reputation. Is uncovering dark secrets worth the risk?
The Cog Prince
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! The clock strikes the thirteenth hour and Ivy is sucked into a masquerade ball of whirling dancers where the Cog Prince has summoned her. Mysterious darkness seeks their destruction and she alone holds the key. Will Ivy save their kingdom in time?
Wizened bounty hunter, Luana, crosses infamous Orrin Porter Rockwell. The race is on as she is determined to keep him from stealing her bounties. He isn’t a threat to the community, only to her pockets!
My Perfect Kiss
Monica Garcia, High school journalist and blogger extraordinaire, sets out to find the perfect kiss. Having never kissed before would definitely pose as a problem, that is until she stumbles upon the secret formula with Jonathan. But will Monica kiss and tell after all?
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(I love me some fish 'n chips!)
For the last one, I came across a formula that I'm using for the entire romance series: who the main character is, what her challenge is, who her love interest is, and a question to tie it in.
If you think my blurbs sound horrible, I never confessed that I’m great at writing blurbs, only that I enjoy writing them!
What about you? Which do you struggle with if at all? Do you have a secret formula to writing hooks?