rĀthe How to write a hook line

A hook is an opening statement that attempts to grab the reader’s attention, so they want to read more. At rĀthe a hook line is the sign that says “Read Me” that will appear near the Episode and cover art icon to entice readers to get drawn into your story. Your hook line will also appear in the rĀthe.app website Library.

Emotions are very important

We’ve built the reader experience around emotion-evoking categories we call Magic Words that have multiple important functions for you the author.

These words are the basis of our Search Engine Optimization (SEO) methodology for maximized searchability of your content on the web. They are the basis for curating Titles to readers based on likely purchase preferences.

Each of our Magic Words (the ones rotating on our home page) have words and phrases that are likely to make your hook line show up higher in search on the web. The higher your hook line shows up on Google the more likely that search will drive readers to the rĀthe app to read your story.

Try to use as many of the associated keywords and phrases as possible while staying within the character limit of 100 (including spaces).

Writing in a very short span about a long story might be challenging. The character limit is not arbitrary; there are technological reasons. We don’t want your “Read Me” sign to be cut off being the main one.

Here are the SEO keywords and phrases:

Fun Surprise Hope Romance
Fun books
Humor
Funny Story
Jokes
Fun Tales
Science Fiction
Subculture
Unpredictable
Surprise Ending
Story with a twist
Shock
Feel good books
Self help
Wishes
Dreams
Encouragement
Relationship
Dating
Pure romance
Romance novels
Historical Romance
Love
Learning Escape Passion History
Educational
Lessons
How to
Books that make you think
Knowledge
Research
Biography
Autobiography
Knowledge-based
Escape reality
Beat the winter blues
Lost in a book
Liberating
Fadeout
Science Fiction
Subculture
Motivation
Inspiration
Finding Your Purpose
Life Purpose
Devotion
Love
Black history
Historical figures
World history
Historical romance
Western
History buff
Historical
Biography
Autobiography
Fantasy Inspiration Fright Soul
Magical
Quest
Supernatural
Fairytale
Fantasy stories
Fantasy books
Inspiring books
Inspirational stories
Discovery
Point of View
Overcoming Obstacles
Scary story
Scary book
Scary books
Scary stories
Horror stories
Horror books
Horror novel
Horror novels
Spiritual books
Religious books
Christian books
Soul books
Deep books
Buddhist books
Adventure You Mystery Thrill
Adventure books
Action adventure
Adventure stories
Adventure novels
Self help
Personal grown
Self-development
Self-improvement
Mystery book
Mystery stories
Crime novels
Suspense stories
Romantic suspense
Hard boiled mysteries
Cozies
Crime novels
Suspense stories
Thrilling stories
Books about crime
Action thriller
Suspense thriller
Thriller stories

Start with the categories that best describe the content of your book.

Example: Gone with the Wind

Maybe History, Adventure, Romance, and Passion. These may be likely Magic Word choices.

Start by building a hook line using the categories themselves. Something like:

Young heiress’ plantation life falls in Civil War adventure as romance, history bubble with passion.

Next, try building the hook line using some of the SEO key words or phrases.

Gentility, Romance, relationships, and adventure meet at the crossroads of history revealing devotion and desire.

The italicized words indicate SEO priority. In this case we have two: Relationship, and Devotion.

Adventure:
Adventure books
Action adventure
Adventure stories
Adventure novels

Romance:
Relationship

Dating
Pure romance
Romance novels
Historical Romance
Love

History:
Black history
Historical figures
World history
Historical romance
Western
History buff
Historical
Biography
Autobiography

Passion:
Motivation
Inspiration
Finding Your Purpose
Life Purpose
Devotion
Love

Now you try. Entice readers to begin enjoying your book using just 100 characters.

Tip: If you are looking for things you can drop…

Articles like a, the, or a can often fall away in a hook line. Example: “Slovenly reporter” works just as well as “A slovenly reporter,” for example.