I recently had the opportunity to chat with a submissions editor (you never know who you’ll run into at a coffee shop) and we had a discussion about first lines of a book, and how important they are.
I knew already how important it was to hook a reader quickly, but Mike told me that he actually knows by reading the FIRST LINE if he is going t request a full or not when he reads through submissions.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to post ONLY MY FIRST LINE for “The First Day of the New Tomorrow” over at The Ladies Cave website today.
Hop on over. This line obviously grabbed my editor’s attention. Tell me what you think!
But while you still here…
What’s your first line?
Do you think it has the goods to grab a reader/editor in once sentence?
- Levels of “No,” or Why I Reject Manuscripts (nepheletempest.wordpress.com)
- S.O.S. Sending Out Submissions (writersrumpus.com)
- Manuscript Wish Lists Hashtag Returns (mediabistro.com)
- What does an agent want you to fix before you send that manuscript? (shelleykwall.wordpress.com)