Book Review: Les Edgerton’s Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go

Posted August 2, 2013 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Book Reviews, Writing

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Les Edgerton’s Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them GoHooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton
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This edition was published by Writer's Digest Books on April 12, 2007 in paperback and has 242 pages.

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five-stars

A nonfictional exploration and exposé of creating a hook to drag your readers in and keep them fascinated.

My Take

This was excellent!! Every single page has useful information on starting your story and fascinating your reader — whether they’re a just a plain old reader or…an editor or agent! Edgerton dives into “what agents, editors, and (ultimately) readers expect.

Learn how to avoid that starting red flag that will cause an editor to toss your manuscript aside. Edgerton defines beginnings: opening line, opening paragraph, opening scene, opening page, and the opening chapter. If that isn’t enough to terrify you!

How stories are structured, the grammar, whether you show or tell, how much of the backstory is told as well as when and where, and more go through fads. The current fad is for as little backstory as possible, instead editors like it when you plunge right into the “action”. No, it doesn’t have to be — and it’s better if it’s not — guns blazing-cars crashing type action. Just something happening.

Really, he’s brilliant. My one caveat is the organization of it. He goes into the surface of that opening scene, the scene which must hook your reader/editor and discusses it. Then he goes on to another angle and discusses it, going over the same ground but in a different way with a different focus. And he does this over and over. In some respects, it does seat the information into my brain. In terms of taking notes from it…eeek…

At the end, he includes a group of agents and editors with their views on what they want and don’t want to see in a story opening.

I do recommend you pick this book up and read it.

The Cover and Title

The cover is clever with a pretty colonial blue background and a goldfish peeking out from the side. Oh, yeah, it’s one hungry fishie checking out that fish hook that’s grabbed the “O” in Hooked.

five-stars

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