The First 50 Pages
The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors, and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up for Success by Jeff Gerke
4 of 5 stars
An in-depth look at how to set up the first main part of a novel, introducing the reader to the characters and plot in a way that will keep their interest.
With every line, paragraph, and page, the agent or editor is most likely going to kill your book in the morning. It is your task to “stay alive” as long as possible.
This book is a fabulous reference tool for making sure that a writer doesn’t metaphorically shoot him/herself in his/her foot within the first fifty pages. It focuses on the problems of telling instead of showing, point-of-view errors, and weak characters, as well as other major no-nos that writers sometimes struggle with in the early pages of a manuscript.
Though much of this advice can be found on webpages, in agent interviews, and in a myriad of other publishing resources, the information given here is clear, concise, and directed specifically at these very important first chapters.
Overall: Great reference tool for writers!