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The Ninja Reader

High-brow or downright pretentious, good PNR or sparkly vampires, I don't care about the premise so long as it entertains me.

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Bullying: The Social Destruction of Self
Laura Martocci

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers on Page One and Never Lets Them Go

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go - Les Edgerton A famous saying goes: "My child is the most beautiful in world." That's describes very aptly not only the feelings of a proud parent, but of a proud author as well, and as these cases go, we're sometimes puzzled when other people don't see things the same way.The truth as per Les Edgerton? Even if they skip on such lowly duties as eating, sleeping and spending time with your family, agents and editors only have 24 hours a day and that's not even close to enought time to read through all the manuscripts they get. And as a key accounting concept goes, it's very likely that in the future you'll just get more of what you had in the past. Ergo: if the beginning sucks, chances are the rest of the book is not getting better. And that's a very, very solid point.As for the rest of the book, it gives us some pretty good concepts that can be employed not only on the first few pages, but the entire novel as well. It's nothing new, but it's a good point. My only objection as far as the book is concerned is probably that Les Edgerton uses one too many examples from his own short stories. Still, it helps illustrate the point nicely, so I guess it works.