Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How to Hook Readers and Reel Them In

Do you know how to hook your readers? I mean, really hook them. Do you immediately think it’s all about the first paragraph? WRONG! Well…sort of.

The first paragraph is definitely important. But there’s so much more to hooking your reader and keeping her on the line until the very last page.

In Hook, Line, and Sinker, you’ll learn:

• How a hook can make or break a sale.
• How genre affects the hook.
• How to get the most out of your first line, first paragraph, chapter hooks, and cliff hangers.
• The difference between ho hum hooks and bestsellers.
• How the pros hook the reader and keep ‘em hooked.

Other benefits of Hook, Line, and Sinker include:

• Limited class size (no more than 30 students per class) means individualized instruction.
• Opportunities to submit samples of your manuscript or work in progress for critique.
• Professional editing of your work.

About the Instructor: Lynnette Labelle is a certified copyeditor and proofreader with over a decade of experience. She’s the owner of Labelle’s Writing on the Wall, a professional editing and manuscript service. Her editing services focus on helping writers, both beginners and published professionals, to perfect their craft and polish their manuscripts so they can take their careers to the next level. Lynnette is the editor of LoveBytes, RWA Online’s newsletter. For more information, visit

When: September 6-30 (Loop will open Sept. 1 for introductions.)

Cost: $25 US (International students will have two payments options.)

Registration is open.

Contact Lynnette Labelle at: to sign up.

What writers have said about Hook, Line,and Sinker: How to Hook Readers and Reel Them In:

“Lynnette’s Hook, Line & Sinker is a great course that gives a good grounding in the tools you need to keep a reader hooked on your book. She make sense, and gives good examples of the terms you hear all the time from other writing instructors. The difference with Hook, Line & Sinker is you understand it at the end. She also shows you with the samples of your own work when she not only tells you where it’s weak, but offers solid ideas on how to make it better. If you’re serious about your writing this course is more than worth it.” –GK Parker, author,

“Thank you for a wonderful workshop. The amount of information I have learnt here surpasses all the other classes and books I have used. I liked the way you facilitated information. (In my day job, I teach high school chemistry, and I know how easily students
lose interest.) I am a logical sequential learner, and your instruction style appealed to my learning style. Your lessons were organized and feedback honest and prompt. And you didn’t make us buy gazillion books, but made us re-read the books we liked and used those as examples instead. Very difficult for an instructor to keep up with all different
readings from the students. I absolutely enjoyed every single lesson and assignment
including interacting with others in this group.” –Ushma Kothari, writer

“I have taken many, many online classes and this one was extremely valuable. Your expertise and teaching style were a perfect mix. The assignments were very doable and even enjoyable. This class came at the perfect time for me and I think what I have learned was one of the vital missing links for me. I wish you offered more classes. Again, thanks for a great class.” –Suzanne Purvis, writer

“Your approach and format were the best I have seen in RWA. By that I mean, setting up the topic, reviewing published and favorite work as examples, having participants submit WIP examples, and then editing them. The final step, reviewing other people’s
submissions, just added frosting to the cupcake.” –Katina Drennan, writer

“From a former teacher’s perspective, your notes are clear, concise and to the point. I have taught a multitude of methods classes to young aspiring teachers and your work is spot
on. I have learned A LOT and I like the way you explain the hooking process, give examples (you can tell I’m a math geek)…………and the lessons: finding examples in what has been read plus applying the context of what you’ve had put out to model and react to is great.” –Laurie Bumpus, writer

Contact Lynnette Labelle at: to save a spot now.

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