Welcome to another blog hop. Today’s topic is:

“The first sentence has to have a solid punch.” —Steve Berry from “Twisty Business” Let’s talk about it.

That’s what I read time and time again from various agents and writers in the know. It’s obviously true that a good first impression has a chance of elevating your book out of the slush pile and into an agent’s radar more easily than if they read ‘it was a dark and stormy night‘.

However, if they read that solid punch and then the rest of the book sucks, then they are still going to throw your baby back on the slush pile. The rest of the book has to send an agent into raptures for them to take event the slightest interest in it.

So… to the best of your knowledge you’ve packed a solid punch all throughout the book, but here’s the snag… if an agent doesn’t think it will sell and that one of the big five publishers will not be interested in that particular genre, then they will wish you well with your writing career.

In a nutshell, the first sentence and in fact the whole book must pack a punch and appeal to the masses. If it doesn’t, then I’m afraid you’re on a hiding to nothing as regards submitting to agents. However, when you give up trying to be a bestseller and get around to publishing it yourself, you’ll be quite surprised and pleased when some of those masses take the time to buy it and leave a good review.

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We’re staying at our caravan on the Isle of Wight for the next week, and so maybe I won’t be answering any comments as quickly as I usually do as we’ll be out a lot, but I’ll answer them as soon as I can. Happy Monday!


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