It seems to start with the query letter. Let me tell you, query letters scare the crap out of me. They're a one page distillation of an entire novel, and I have to be frank. I don't know how to write one. At. All. All my research had me spinning in circles, trying to figure out just what is the right advice and what is wrong.
So, I took the basics I learned from the various articles I read, and I'm starting with the opening of a query letter---or the hook.
Every source I looked up on writing a hook mentioned the backs of books and looking at how they sell you the book. That's basically what you're trying to do in order to get the agent/editor/publisher to even want to look at your book.
Lucky for me, I have a stack of back book covers to read over and study. I think that's the task to do this week and perhaps next in order to get the hook I want.
Even if it seem like a waste, it might do some good to practice writing a hook for a different book, too. Not as pressured to distill my whole book into a single sentence or two---and not as close to my heart then.
I'm thinking of perhaps doing a bit of both for the next couple weeks. I'll share whatever I think is the best in the next update---along with some of the hooks I find on the backs of books that I particularly liked.
I wanna get hooked! How about you? (I know. Groan away.)