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Story Openings in a Digital World—The First Page is a Sales Tool

April 28, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A book’s opening words need to entice readers right away, especially readers who search for books online and who give a book only a few moments to capture their interest.

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Story Inspiration From the News

December 30, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore today’s news to get inspiration for your fiction. Don’t hesitate to use tidbits from and elements of current stories in your own work.

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You Can’t Hook a Reader with a Yawn

April 9, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers only have a few pages to ensnare readers. Learn why yawns and a description of the weather are not effective story hooks.

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First Impressions and Introductions

March 6, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

What firsts do readers look for in stories? The introduction of the protagonist, the first clash between main character and his chief antagonist, the first meet between hero and heroine? Put reader expectations to use and write strong introductions and firsts.

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Invite Readers into Your Story

August 11, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Invite readers into your story with a compelling open. Readers want to be enticed into new worlds—make yours an attractive one, a world readers will willingly step into, willingly stay in while your fictional events unfold.

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How to Hook Your Readers

June 14, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Entice your readers with a book opening that’s irresistible. Write compelling fiction that will draw the reader into the story from the first page, first paragraph, first words. Grab the reader with an intriguing character, an intricate plot, a convincing tone. Get a gimmick and put it to work.

Hook your readers.

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