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Structuring your E-Book.

Whether you have published an e-book or starting your journey as an author, this page will help you lay the foundation and grow an online presence.

The Hook

Probably for most people the hardest part of writing a book is to start a story in the first place.

The beginning of any good story is its hook. To get your reader interested in what you have to say, it is essential to grab their attention from the get-go. It must be so exciting that it convinces a reader that your story is worth reading. The hook might also be a question. If we can arouse their curiosity we have got them reading past the first few pages and onto the next chapter.

We have created a hook when your reader begins to ask general questions like “How does Captain John Miller get off the beach and find Private Ryan?” (Saving Private Ryan).

When presenting the opening question it is important that the question is not too vague. Readers must have a general understanding of the situation to mentally form a specific question.

A strong hook will capture a reader by throwing them headlong into some dramatic action or maybe an unusual character or an intriguing situation.

The title of your book is the first hook. It is the earliest opportunity to grab the readers attention, even before the equally important first sentence.

Dropping your readers into an action-packed event without context will leave them with questions that will pique their curiosity and compel them to read further.

Most good openings share the following characteristics.

Opening with characters, preferably the protagonist, conflict, motion and they orientate your readers. Setting the tone in your opening chapter will give your reader an idea of what type of story they are going to be reading.

If you can nail all these points in your opening chapter the reader will keep on turning the pages.

I hope that you have found this article helpful and look forward to sharing some more information on writing and self-publishing in upcoming posts.

Best wishes.

Ricky.

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