The most deluded thing a writer can tell a prospective publisher about their recently finished manuscript is that “it gets better as it goes.” That may well be true but if you’re saying that as an excuse for a lackluster opening, then you best rethink some things. And regardless of whether you have faith in your opening chapter, saying that things improve later in the book is not what a publisher wants to hear. A good first chapter — hell, a good first paragraph — is essential in getting your book sold. A publisher/editor/agent/reader wants to know your book is worth their time.
At Scriptophobic, I offer seven little pieces of advice on crafting a good first chapter to appease publishing gatekeepers and online bookstore browsers alike. CLICK THE LINK.
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