Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Online Class: "Hooks, Lines, and Stinkers"

Here's an upcoming online class entitled "Hooks, Lines, and Stinkers" with bestselling author Rhonda Pollero. It's only a two-week class, which means it's less expensive, and it focuses on the beginning of your story.

Hope this is of interest to some of you... Below is the link to the enrollment information.

Good luck with your writing!



June 2nd, 2008 – June 13th, 2008

"Hooks, Lines, and Stinkers"

With Rhonda Pollero

Workshop Description

Never give your reader an excuse to stop reading. There are many
ways to hook the reader from the opening line – action, humor,
dialogue – but that isn't the end of it. Every subsequent line,
scene and chapter has to keep that hook firmly embedded. That can be
accomplished by employing certain techniques – like dropping the
reader into a dangerous situation – or you can sabotage yourself by
relying on information dumps and clich├ęs, (do you really want the
phone ringing to break the sexual tension or is there something else
you can do?). We'll define types of hooks and those stinkers that
are almost guaranteed to get your manuscript rejected or your book
tossed across the room. Food for thought – 84% of people who stop
reading a book do so at the end of a chapter (Barnes & Noble). More
food for thought – people make their buying decision in less than one
minute based on reading the opening three paragraphs while still in
the store (Barnes & Noble).

About the Instructor

Rhonda Pollero sold her first romantic suspense, LEGAL TENDER, in
1993. With more than 4 million copies in print, her books are
distributed worldwide. Pollero has penned more than 30 novels; won
numerous awards and nominations; landed on best-seller lists
including USA Today, Waldenbooks and the Ingrams' Top 50 List. She
has received numerous Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice
Awards, an Affair de Coeur Contemporary Series Award; and two Career
Achievement Awards for Romantic Suspense.

In June, 1995, Pollero developed the wildly popular Rose Tattoo
series for Harlequin Intrigue ™. These novels ". . . offer the best
of her unique ability to seamlessly blend romance and mystery."
Romantic Times goes on to say that she "is a master of the romantic
suspense genre." Affair de Coeur says that her "humor and dialogue

In 2000, Pollero developed a second series for Harlequin Intrigue™,
The Landry Brothers. This 7 book series has received both critical
acclaim and established her as one of Intrigue's top-selling
authors. In addition to writing for Harlequin, 2005 saw the release
of her first title from Ballantine, KILLER CHRISTMAS, excerpted in
the December, 2005 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.

2007 saw the launch of the Finley Anderson Tanner mystery series with
the debut hardcover title KNOCK OFF. Garnering both popular and
critical acclaim, including a starred review from Kirkus, Kensington
Books will release the second in the series, KNOCK 'EM DEAD, in March

Pollero is a sought-after lecturer and workshop presenter as well as
a much-requested media guest. She has been featured in The New York
Times and The Washington Post, among others and makes frequent
appearances on both radio and television. She founded The Writers
Workshop at Anne Arundel College in Maryland and was the lead
instructor in their craft and genre writing courses for three years.
She is considered an expert in why women read and write crime fiction
as well as an excellent authority on plotting and structuring the

Pollero is a member of The Author's Guild, Mystery Writers of
America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Romance
Writers of America, and Florida Romance Writers, Inc. She resides in
south Florida with her family. You may contact the author directly
at Rhonda@..., or visit her on the web at www.rhondapollero.com or

Enrollment Information

Cost: $20 non-members / $10 IRWA members

For more information, please visit: http://www.indianarwa.com/workshop_062008.htm