As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.
There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:
First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.
Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.
Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.
So we've shut it down. We've moved on.
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Ready Aim Hook Me began in 2011 as a community of writers and readers eager to talk about the stories that rocked their worlds, and which ones they couldn’t pick off the street with James Bond and a million bucks.
We’re composed of three hard-working girls practiced in the art of reading, writing, and critique, shamelessly propositioning unpublished and published writers to show us what they’ve got.
Will you hook us in your first five lines, five pages, or will you take us all the way?
Good morning to you all,
Rabbit in a Hat Hooker here.
Remember those countless hours--and for me countless sumburns, spent in the neighborhood of your youth? Remember Tag? Kick the can? Hide and go seek?
I think my parents must have lost track of me about the day after school let out and didn't find me again until days like today. *Sigh*
For many of you, today marks the first day of school for your children. A day filled with anxiety, excitement, and maybe even a small tinge of grief for those long summers meeting a bitter, bitter end... Kinda tastes like chalk dust.
The kids of today rarely spend as much time outside as we did, but I can gurantee it builds more memories than what level they got to on their X Box game. And the best part is, it's free. No cords, no power bill, no expensive gaming system. You get the idea. I'm preaching to the choir here, I can almost hear the collectibe Amens.
My children and I celebrated our last day of summer running through the sprinklers and playing in the pool. If I had suggested going inside for some quality TV time, I'm pretty sure they would have tied me up with their jump rope and left me to sponge up sprinkler water.
As readers and writers alike, we all have this in common. Given the choice we'd rather go out and experience than sit back and obsorb. I encourage you to keep this in mind in your writing.
But how do we keep people turning pages if they'd rather be out there experiencing it?
By locking on to those common memories even until the snow starts flying. Embrace it in your writing so readers can dust of those fond memories and enjoy them.
Your characters don't always need to go through a monolighic and heart wrenching event in order for your reader to connect. It can be found in the small things too. Like scene and setting, common references, and your character's culture.
If you can't see a comment box below post, scroll up to the top and click "comments" in the header. *shakes hook'er fist at blog template*
We seem to be having some technical difficulties with commenting. Hopefully, it is just an issue with blogger and it'll be easier in the future. Sorry for the trouble.
Call for Submissions
How many hook'ers love your book? Want to find out?
Whether you have a finished manuscript in need of feedback or a published novel looking for a review, we're your gals.
If you think you've got what it takes to hook us from the first page to last, then check out our Contact Us page for further details, guidelines, and how to submit.
Oh, and just so you know, we'll never give a negative review. Not on our blog. Not on any public site. So you have nothing to lose. Public humiliation isn't our style. We're here to lift up great authors, not tear them down.
Does that mean we give positive reviews to everyone who submits? No. We may be Hook'ers but we're not easy. In fact, only the BEST of the BEST will receive our tag line, "2 out of 3 Hook'ers LOVE my book!" Or better yet, "3 out of 3 Hook'ers LOVE my book!"