Friday, February 22, 2008

Stunning Starts

Hopefully every writer knows that the most important sentence in your book is the FIRST one. And that criticality applies to the first paragraph and first page, also. You will gain or lose a potential reader/purchaser based on the first few lines of page one. If you don't grab them with that, they will likely not buy your book.

So we'll be having a couple of blog posts on this topic in a few weeks. As part of that, we will critique some "first paragraphs" sent to us. If you'd like our advice, send the first paragraph (one paragraph only, whatever length you have) to redlinesdeadlines@gmail.com by March 3, and we'll select as many as possible to dissect here.

7 comments:

Just_Me said...

Thank you!

Dawn_Montgomery said...

LOL. I bit the bullet. Can't wait to see everyone's first paras.

Just_Me said...

Question- can we only send one opening or can we do multiple submissions? I'm torn between two.

ECPI Editors said...

Yes, you can send multiple.

Raelene

Carrie said...

Sent mine in, too. First time I've ever submitted anything to be crit'd by pros. *bites fingernails*

I'm with Dawn, though. Can't wait to see the other entries.

Anonymous said...

I too went for it. I'm excited to see the outcomes and paragraphs you received. How fun!

-H.C.

Miss Java said...

Ah man! I just found your blog.


Rats.