Self-Editing and Critiquing #4

I’ve been reading some friends beginning pages and finding them not to my taste. I wondered what agents were looking for, particularly in the first pages of a novel, and the novel as a whole as well. The results of research were helpful in giving my friends feedback.

Three things that will make an agent discard a manuscript:

1) Starting with a dream.

2) Starting with a person going through their daily routine.

3) Starting with the weather.

Three things that will make an agent keep reading:

1) Starting with action.

2) Consistent pacing.

3) A satisfying ending.

One of many good resources on the subject: http://darleyandersonblog.com/2013/07/31/11-ways-not-to-start-your-novel-5/

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