What NOT to Include in Your First Pages

Here’s an article I’m going to be studying. You might want to take a look, too. It summarizes what sends up red flags for readers (agents or not).

Writer Unboxed » What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents.

7 Deadly Sins of Prologues–Great Novel Beginnings Part 2 | Kristen Lamb’s Blog

If you have started your book with a prologue, here is something you should read from Kristen Lamb. Her entire blog, by the way, is fantastic!

7 Deadly Sins of Prologues–Great Novel Beginnings Part 2 | Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

Prologue in Fiction | The Editor’s Blog

From an editor, here’s a well-thought-out post on the pros and cons of prologues from a contemporary point of view. It starts with the pros. which, if you have used one, you already know. Keep reading. You may need yours, but you do need to know why they are less common in contemporary fiction than in works written 30, 40, 0r 50 years ago.

Prologue in Fiction | The Editor’s Blog.

One Industry Professional’s Take on Prologues

Good sense about prologues from author and former agent Nathan Bransford.

Prologues | Nathan Bransford, Author.

Don’t Let Agents, Editors, or Readers Stop After Your First Pages!

Check your opening and make sure these two reasons do not apply.

Top 2 Reasons Why I Pass On Sample Pages – Nelson Literary Agency.

Knowing Where to Begin Can Make All the Difference for Your Novel

Kidlit · Starting in the Present Moment.

Click on the link above to learn how important it is to begin your book in the middle of the present moment rather than with a flashback, background, or “thoughts.” Mary Kole works with writers of works for children, but the principle applies to all contemporary fiction. You don’t have long to draw your reader into the story.