Why The First Page

The thing is, when a reader picks up your book, your first page carries the very heavy responsibility of grabbing their interest and not letting go for anything – every line must make the reader want to read the next, or it doesn’t belong there. When I’m sampling a book, I generally read until I don’t want to any more. If I’ve made it to the end of the first page and I’m still interested, I’ll buy the book, or at least add it to my reading list. If I lose interest somewhere before that, I put the book back and move on. And we all know it, I’m not the only one who samples books in a similar manner.
Your first page should:
  • Hook the reader.
  • Introduce your protagonist.
  • Make your readers care.
  • Hint at conflict.

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One thought on “Why The First Page

  1. Yes, all good advice. But recently my attention was drawn to the “Page 99 test” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_99_test, which is apparently how discerning book readers try to outflank the editors and get a look at the nuts and bolts writing in the body of the work.
    So I checked my page 99 and saw that it had boobies on it, so I said, “Good enough.”


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