What if you could convince people to buy your book with just one sentence?
That’s the power of a hook. A book hook is a statement or question designed to generate immediate curiosity and make the reader desire to know more.
Why are hooks so important? Language is the power of the book sale. You’re not selling books to machines. You’re selling books to human beings. A book hook is an author’s secret weapon to get their book noticed in a busy world.
I created this page to identify some of the best book hooks I’ve seen and honor the work of authors in my online community. Enjoy these great hooks and use them as exemplars to create your own powerful book hook!
My Book Hook Winners
Let’s start with some all-time greats:
What if a man with amnesia has forgotten he’s the world’s most dangerous assassin?
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
What if a high-end law firm turned out to be a front for the Mafia?
The Firm by John Grisham
If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became the first person to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Great Books Hooks Submitted
by Authors in My Online Community
Learn when to say “yes” and how to say “no” when you need to!
Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
“What if you can teach your special needs child with dyslexia, autism, or ADHD better than any public school ever could?”
Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child by Cheryl Swope
What if I told you angels are real and someone you know has seen them?
Angels Among Us by Wanda Rosseland
What if you had to decide between saving the lives of your children or thousands of people you don’t know?
Boom by Wally Duff
What if you were destined to win the lotto…but die the same day? Would you still play?
Win Cash and Die by Tomas Gonzalez
Got a great book hook?
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