The first five pages of your book are arguably the most important. When submitting to agents, this is usually what they request along with the query letter. This is your audition, your chance to get that agent to request your entire novel. In a bookstore, the first five pages are often what sell the book. After the potential buyer has seen the cover, picked it up and read the flap copy, he or she will inevitably read the first few pages of your novel. You could make or break a sale with these alone. You’re in steep competition with others in the slush pile and others on the shelves at the bookstore—it has never been more important to grip your reader from the get-go!
Taught by , this class offers an in-depth look at what your first five pages—and your query letter—should be, and what it should . You’ll receive homework assignments based on the curriculum and graded by Anna. After you’ve completed the course and are able to put your new knowledge to use, you’ll receive a critique of your now-polished first five pages and query letter by Anna. Additionally, you’ll have access to weekly opportunities to ask her questions as the course progresses, and incentives and prizes to accomplish your very best work.
An introduction to the course, easing the writer into the first five pages by nailing the very first sentence, setting the tone for the rest of your novel.
We are all taught to start where the action does in the book—but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. We will discuss both in this lesson.
In-depth feedback from literary agents on the dreaded “Workshop Plague” and how to avoid it. This lesson will cover editing and revising techniques for your entire manuscript, and resources for more information.
An extensive look at query letters and what works, what doesn’t, and how to make your query sell your book for you.