Revisit your opening lines

Conventional wisdom says if you keep hearing the same advice again and again, maybe its worth noting.

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: