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:
Story with a twist
|Feel good books
Books that make you think
Beat the winter blues
Lost in a book
Finding Your Purpose
Point of View
Hard boiled mysteries
Books about crime
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.
Finding Your Purpose
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.