The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

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Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts every month. While it's the job of publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among its competition. In this book, New York literary agent and author Noah Lukeman explains how to avoid the rejection pile by making the outstanding qualities of your manuscript apparent within the first five pages.
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Overview

Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts every month. While it's the job of publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among its competition. In this book, New York literary agent and author Noah Lukeman explains how to avoid the rejection pile by making the outstanding qualities of your manuscript apparent within the first five pages.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780743290937
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Must Read For All Writers

    This book covers everything from grammar, overuse of adjectives, conversation flow, action and tension, to point of view problems. Its a step by step guide to the things that agents look for that will make them reject your manuscript. There are assignments at the end of each chapter that will help you work on the existing problems in your manuscript. If you're working on your first book or even your third, or if you're having trouble with agent/editor rejections, you will probably benefit from this book. I loved it and highly recommend it! I'm sure my agent would agree ;)

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Enjoyable read, instructive and practical

    Lukeman's arrangement of topics of practical advice made The First Five Pages an easy to follow and enjoyable read. The ideas presented address common mistakes and pitfalls that the beginning (or even an experienced) writer must overcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2009

    Not what I thought

    I read the title of this book and thought it would be about creating a good hook. Not so. It mostly covers grammar, and that doesn't have anything to do with the first five pages. The title is misleading.

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