“Bring all your intelligence to bear on your beginning.”
“If you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper.”
You’ve written your story now—from word one to Plot Point #1 and beyond. But are you ready for prime time? Before you start showing your work to publishing professionals, you need to bulletproof that work, especially the beginning, because it’s the beginning that agents and editors typically ask to see: the first page, the first ten pages, the first fifty pages, the first one hundred pages. And even should you prove lucky enough to be asked to submit your entire manuscript, the beginning is what people will read first—and last, if it ...