Are you gearing up for your spot on The Hook at this year’s conference? Or just looking to get the lowdown on this year's excellent line up of agents?
So, what makes a good hook?
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Here are the splendiferous agents who will be on the panel for The Hook with their wise words and the lowdown on what they’re looking for…
"Every pitch is different, every hook is different. But certainly something that every good hook achieves is a kind of recognition in the listener. I guess I just wait for something that 'sounds good', that brings some shape and blooms in my mind. And I'll think to myself, that book sounds FUN to pitch. I want to pitch it." Julia Churchill
"A good hook to me is one line that instantly tells me either a summary of the concept, or the place where the book would fit in the market. I'm a BIG fan of the 'X meets X’ pitch, like 'Shaun of the Dead meets Finding Nemo' for MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH, 'The Breakfast Club meets The Great British Bake Off' for LOVE, LIES AND LEMON PIES, 'Agatha Christie meets Enid Blyton' for MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE. Having a memorable and clever title is also a great way to hook me." Gemma Cooper
"For me, a good ‘hook’ is one that instantly gives a clear idea of where the story is going to take me AND makes it sound exciting/engaging/intriguing enough that I want to go along for the ride. It shouldn’t involve a full rundown of the story, but rather it should be a brief and compelling snapshot of what’s to come! I don’t want the speaker to feel like they have to sell themselves – just come across as enthusiastic, open and collaborative." Amber Caravéo
"A Good Hook, in My Book. A good hook, in my book, will instantly spark my curiosity and make me sit up straight. Think about what emotions you want your work to evoke and to whom would it appeal. Is it funny? Thrilling? Fantastical? Moving? Or simply a celebration of the everyday? It is vital that you capture this within those first few sentences." Felicity Trew
"We’re known for author/illustrators such as Debi Gliori and Chris Mould so I always want to see illustrators who can write. Everyone knows I love picture books but I’m actively seeking funny girls, romantic teens, big concept MG and a British YA voice." Penny Holroyde
Thank you Penny, Felicity, Amber, Gemma and Julia for your time and insight into what you're looking for.
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