An interesting article from Phil Stamper-Halpin, written for Penguin Random House on what it takes from our books to catch an editor’s eye. The article touches on first line attention grabbers and looking for authenticity in voice. Have a read below:
What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page
BY PHIL STAMPER-HALPIN|JULY, 2016
While titles, covers, and marketing copy are all important ways to attract a reader to your book, the first page of the book itself has an equally critical role: it offers readers a glimpse of your writing style and the story that follows.
Our editors are tasked with recognizing great books quickly. They look for many things throughout a manuscript, but today, we asked a variety of Penguin Random House editors what they like to see on an opening page. Continue Reading