Janice Steinberg

Killer Hooks


Bouchercon 1997 ~ Monterey, California

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(Class for Intermediate/Advanced. 90 minutes) How to make the crucial first page of a mystery novel so distinctive and compelling than an agent, editor, etc. can?t wait to turn to page 2. Specific Details: The function of the opening hook; 4 different type of hooks; a bag of tricks; the evolution of an opener; reading and critique of several first pages brought by participants to the workshop. Specific Benefits: Learn techniques for pumping up that first page; increased sensitivity to how the best authors do it; experience of hands-on criticism of work. Previous Presentation: Bare Bones Retreat of San Diego Sisters in Crime. Presenter?s Publications: Four mystery novels featuring public radio reporter Margo Simon, the latest is "The Dead Man And The Sea."