By: Anne R. Allen’s Blog
In these days of the "peek inside" feature on retail sites like Amazon, the opener of your book is more important than ever.
Whether you're going the query route or self-publishing, your first page is essential to the success of your book...and may be your most crucial sales tool.
Those first 250 words can make or break a reader's decision to buy your book. All the marketing tricks and advertising in the world cannot make the sale if your first page is a snooze-fest full of info-dumps and backstory. Or if there's so much going on it makes the reader's head hurt.
Your first page is the hardest part of your book to write: a tightrope-walk between exposition and drama, so it's generally best to write it last, after you know what's absolutely essential for the reader to know. (The rest can be woven in later.)
The first page of your early drafts are usually written for you, the writer, to help yourself get to know your characters. But the final version is for the reader—who only needs to know what's going on in this specific incident. Always start with a scene with conflict and action, so the reader feels enticed, not lectured.
Is your first page ready?
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Read the full article HERE!
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