Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Hi folks,

Sometimes, one receives a letter or an email that just plain makes their day. I received such a letter this ayem that did precisely that. She's given me permission to reprint it here and I think you'll see why I was so stoked when I read it. Doesn't really need much amplification. Just to note that it's one of the chief reasons I write and is worth more than money to me. Without further ado...

Dear Les Edgerton,

I am re-reading Hooked, and it occurred to me that I owe you a big thank you. I have been writing for years, went to grad school and several writing conferences. I wrote three novels, but I never felt that anything I wrote was ready to send to an agent. I knew that was true, but I didn't know why.

At one point, I decided that it was time to go back to basics. To actually learn the tools, which it turned out I had never learned! Which is kind of shocking, but there it is. I don't actually remember where I heard of Hooked. I may have just seen it at the library. Now of course, I own a copy.

I realized quickly that the novel I was working on would never sell. There was no inciting incident, no story worthy problem--just people doing things and acting generally grumpy. I rewrote it, found an agent, and my first novel will be released in February. (
I hope to give lots of author talks, and I will probably tell every aspiring writer I meet to buy your book. But before I tell others about how your book taught me how to write, I felt that I should tell you.

Thank you.

Tricia Stirling

Ain't that somethin'! I've just had a glow on all day. Thank you, Tricia!

Blue skies,


JoAnn Williams said...

"Finding Your Voice" and "Hooked" are both the best resources for writers. Instruction without the BS.

Dana King said...

Hooked was mentioned twice, without prompting, at a conference I attended last weekend. I don't read a lot of writing instruction books anymore, but it looks like I need to make an exception here.

Les Edgerton said...

Thanks JoAnn and Dana!

tricia stirling said...

Yay! Yesterday was the best day!

Maureen Wanket said...

I second Tricia's sentiments. Hooked is one of the most helpful books on writing I've ever read.

dolorah said...

Hooked is one of the first writing books I purchased, and it also helped me be a focused writer. I still refer to it occasionally when starting a new story.

Les Edgerton said...

Pshaw,you guys! Thank you so very much!