The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success

The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success

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by Jeff Gerke
     
 

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Seeking writing success? Start at the beginning...

Whether you’re looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are the key to catching an agent or editor’s attention, and are crucial for keeping your reader engaged.

As a writer, what you do in your opening pages, and how

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Seeking writing success? Start at the beginning...

Whether you’re looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are the key to catching an agent or editor’s attention, and are crucial for keeping your reader engaged.

As a writer, what you do in your opening pages, and how you do it, is a matter that cannot be left to chance. The First 50 Pages is here to help you craft a strong beginning right from the start. You’ll learn how to:

  • introduce your main character
  • establish your story world
  • set up the plot’s conflict
  • begin your hero’s inner journey
  • write an amazing opening line and terrific first page
  • and more
This helpful guide walks you through the tasks your first 50 pages must accomplish in order to avoid leaving readers disoriented, frustrated, or bored. Don’t let your reader put your book down before ever seeing its beauty. Let The First 50 Pages show you how to begin your novel with the skill and intentionality that will land you a book deal, and keep readers’ eyes glued to the page.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599632834
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
11/25/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
501,791
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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Jeff Gerke (www.marcherlordpress.com and www.wherethemapends.com) is an author of fiction and nonfiction including such books as the Operation: Firebrand novels. He has worked as an editor for numerous publications and is the founder of Marcher Lord Press, an indie publishing company dedicated to producing the finest in Christian science-fiction, fantasy, and other genres. He is also the author of Plot Versus Character, also from Writer's Digest Books. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Lortizword More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on an impulse because I made a pitch to an agent at a writers' workshop. The agent asked for the first 3 chapters of my novel. It 's no coincidence that the first 3 chapters of a novel are usually the first 50 pages. The book made my editing less daunting and I actually had fun doing it. The author helps you sort out what is crucial to have in those first 3 chapters in order to captivate your reader but more important the editor or agent who will read it first. Every aspiring author should have this book in their reference library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing read. All his books are filled with clear instruction and examples, helping any writer who struggles with their opening chapters. So worth the money!
EKatherineHinkson More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book tremendously. It helped kick start my writing and guided my words to help make the pages stronger.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Written in an easy flowing style, it is full of useful, practical advice. I'm way past page 50, but the tools in this book will be extremely helpful when I start revising my novel. My views on the approaches to novel writing were really enhanced by this book--no doubt I feel like a stronger writer with these tools now on my belt.
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