Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let’s play Gatekeeper

From: The Thesis WHisperer

“Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page. In a customarily formatted book manuscript with chapters starting about 1/3 of the way down the page (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type), there are 16 or 17 lines on the first page. […]
     Let’s see just how strong the opening page is—would this have hooked an agent if it came in from an unpublished writer? Do you think it’s compelling? Following is what would be the first manuscript page (17 lines) of Chapter 1. […]”
— Ray Rhamey, Writer Unboxed
Read the opening page here…

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