January Meeting | Hook Your Readers—or Editors—In Your Opening Pages
You’ve heard the saying, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” This could not be more accurate when it comes to the opening of your book. In today’s busy world of instant gratification, the countdown is ticking on how much time you have to snag the attention of editors and readers… I’ve sat on panels with other editors and agents who have said they won’t read past the first few paragraphs if they aren’t engaged. Yikes! That doesn’t give you much time to impress. Learn some elements you should include, and some you should avoid, to make the opening of your story as irresistible as possible. Attendees are encouraged to bring their current WIPs for on the spot feedback of their first page.
Ally Robertson has been an editor with The Wild Rose Press since it opened in 2006. She is also a writing coach, freelance editor, and author, under the name Alicia Dean, with more than twenty-five published titles. She’s partial to all things dark and creepy…the scarier, the better. She loves meeting authors, discovering fabulous new stories, and helping authors realize their dreams. She adores editing, writing, reading, Elvis Presley, the MLB, the NFL, and watching her favorite television shows– which she calls ‘research’ so it doesn’t seem as though she’s wasting time.