In the last two week, I’ve heard about the importance of “first lines” on three separate occasions, so let’s take a look:
Agent Sara Wolski, speaking at OCWW, explained why the first three pages of a manuscript are so important to the agent/editor.
Creative Non-Fiction magazine (which is a fabulous asset for writers), has a back page of “first lines” from published books. In fact, you can add great first lines from your favorite books at CNF’s twitter stream. (Ask me for the link.)
At ASJA’s annual conference in April, two agents said they request the first 2 or 3 chapters of a book instead of a book proposal. Why? Because if they are not hooked by your writing, it won’t live up to even the best marketing plan.