In the style of Query Shark, and run by two literary agents, the idea is to submit the first 250 words of your manuscript for critique.
We all know how important that first sentence is in a manuscript, Brenda Hineman, a freelance writer, guest posts on this blog on what makes an opening sentence memorable.
Twelve dos and don’ts for writing a compelling first page.
Author Jody Hedlund explains why the first chapter is so important. She also includes a link to a post on ‘Potential First Chapter Problems’.
Killzone author James Scott Bell outlines opening chapter no nos based on statements by literary agents.
From things you shouldn’t do in your opening to things you should do.
Using their soon-to-be-published anthology of stories as examples, The Australian Literature Review outlines the elements of effective story opening lines.
There’s always a big focus for writers on getting that first chapter perfect, but what about chapter two? This post looks at building a strong second chapter.