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Hooked Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go

ISBN-10: 1582974578
ISBN-13: 9781582974576
Edition: 2007
Authors: Les Edgerton
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Description: *The first pages are the #1 key to acceptance or rejection of manuscripts--most agents and editors claim to make their decision on a manuscript after the very first page, which means that no writer can afford to have a weak story beginning *The  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

*The first pages are the #1 key to acceptance or rejection of manuscripts--most agents and editors claim to make their decision on a manuscript after the very first page, which means that no writer can afford to have a weak story beginning *The first and only fiction-writing book that focuses exclusively on beginnings--no other book on the market addresses story beginnings in a comprehensive manner Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no one will keep reading. It's just that simple. Hooked provides readers with a detailed understanding of what a beginning must include (setup, backstory, the inciting incident, etc.); instruction on how to successfully develop the story problem; tips on how to correct common beginning mistakes; exclusive insider advice from agents, acquiring book editors, and literary journal editors; and much more.

Foreword : the all-important beginning
Introduction : why a book on beginnings
Story structure and the scene
Opening scenes : an overview
The inciting incident, the initial surface problem, and the story-worthy problem
The setup and backstory
Combining the inciting incident, story-worthy problem, initial surface problem, setup, and backstory
Introducing your characters
Foreshadowing, language, and setting
Great opening lines
Red flag openers to avoid
Opening scene length and the use of transitions
The view from the agent's and editor's chair
Epilogue : play the game forward

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