Many readers, whether in a shop or on Amazon, will make a decision about whether to buy a book by reading the first few pages. If you’re lucky, they read pages. They may only read the first few lines.
And if you are seeking traditional publication, whether through an agent or acquisitions editor, your first few lines must be brilliant to set you apart from all the other manuscripts on those desks.
☐ A strong opening hook pulls the reader into the story.
There are several things a novel’s opening can do. It can, among other things, reveal character, set the tone for the book, give a flavor of what the conflict will be, or show the setting. If you can do two or three of these things at once, go for it. But beware of trying to do too much in a short space. You want to intrigue the readers, not give them sensory overload. Continue reading