Sell vs. Sale

The Tuesday Tip for today is a simple but common mistake.

Sell is a verb. It is used when an action is taking place. In this case, the transfer of goods or services using money as an exchange.

Sale is a noun. It is used to describe the act of selling goods or services.

The bookstore clerk will sell the book to you since the book is on sale.

Helpful Hooks

It’s Fall break and the kids are home for two weeks. Because of this, we have a guest blogger. My daughter will be offering today’s Tuesday Tip. Her only guideline — something that will help authors.

**I did no editing, and my only comment is in italics. Everything else is hers alone. Here’s what she came up with.

There are three ways to write a hook for a fiction book. (I love her rhyme here.)

Most authors have one, but may use the same hook each time.

For instance, you may use imagery and precise language to vividly illustrate the scene to your reader. Or, you could start with a conflict and reveal it later in your story. You could also hook your reader with a question. But, if your hook is a yes or no question, readers won’t ponder it and think in depth.

By successfully using one of these three hooks, your fiction book will be well received.

What do you think? Do you use hooks with your audience?