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Flog a Pro: would you turn this bestselling author’s first page?

Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page. In a customarily formatted book manuscript with chapters starting about 1/3 of the way down the page (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type), there are 16 or 17 lines on the first page. The challenge: does this narrative […]

Flog a Pro: 50 Shades of Grey by E L James

Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and literary agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page. A customarily formatted book manuscript with chapters starting about 1/3 of the way down the page (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type) has 16 or 17 lines on the first page. The challenge: does this narrative compel […]

Flog a Pro: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

On my blog, Flogging the Quill, I critique (“flog”) the opening pages of novels submitted by wannabe novelists. I think it’s equally instructive to flog the pros. Fifty Shades of Grey was suggested, but I can’t find an ebook sample to download to extract the first page. So we turn to the second novel suggested. […]

Flog a Pro: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

On my blog I critique (“flog”) the opening pages of novels submitted by wannabe novelists. So far I’ve flogged 650+ submissions. Now I’m adding a twist: flogging the first pages of published novels—the pros. This episode is exclusive to Writer Unboxed. The challenge: does the first page compel me to turn the page? What’s the […]