- Leave introspection for later. Keep your characters right in the moment for that opening; there'll be time for internal tug-of-war in future chapters.
- There's no room for error. These first five pages are all you've got as far as an agent's concerned, so don't "tell" or use easy descriptors, not even once! Give your reader no reason to stop reading!
- Don't be afraid to put that hook on page one. If you've got a great idea, don't count on agents-- or readers-- to read five pages to find it!
I can't thank Bethany and Suzette enough :) I'll use their advice throughout my whole manuscript, and count myself very lucky to have two talented, savvy authors offer me so much encouragement, support, and even friendship.
Okay-okay, I should have broken this up into different posts, but I don't have time right now to think logically. Dinner is supposed to be being eaten and other life-is-happening stuff. Before the giveaway though, one more quick thing... having my picture up is SO WEIRD!! Especially when I comment on someone's blog. I keep looking for the fairy and thinking, "Didn't I comment on this blog? Did my comment get deleted? OHHHHH that's riiiiiight!"
And now, (FINALLY!), I'm so excited to have reached 100+ followers, it's time to celebrate with
Sweetest Followers Ever
There are two super sweet categories and prizes (it's a theme, peeps. Both books are "sweet" YA; aka innocent and fun!):
Category 1: Keepin' it Real-
For those who love books set in the real world, How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend is funny, cute, and of course, very sweet.
Category 2: Fairy Tale Fantasy-
For those who love books set in magical worlds, The Faerie Path is a precious adventure, complete with a sweet fairy princess.
Check out synopses and book reviews for each of the books in an earlier post, HERE .
(Sorry, giveaway is only open to U.S. residents, due to shipping costs).
Here's how to enter:
Comment on THIS post with your desired category (only one category per person, please!). Easy! That's one entry. :)
**Ding ding ding ding ding!**
+2 You were already a follower before today
+1 You became a follower today or thereafter
+1 Extra points for sweetness! Share something sweet in your comment! Your favorite dessert? The sweetest story you've ever read? A sweet poem? (Maximum 2 sweetness bonus points)
+++++1 Pimpage points! For each way you pimp this Super Sweet Giveaway (Twitter, blog mention, sidebar, Facebook... let me know in the comments! No limit to pimpage! Pimp away!!!!)
Giveaway ends Friday, February 5th at 11:59pm... spread the word! And thanks for being the sweetest followers ever!!