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{Read E-pub} Û The First Five Pages · The First Five PagesEditors Always Tell Novice Writers That The First Few Pages Of A Manuscript Are Crucial In The Publishing Process And It S True If An Editor Or Agent Or Reader Loses Interest After A Page Or Two, You Ve Lost Him Or Her Completely, Even If The Middle Of Your Novel Is Brilliant And The Ending Phenomenal Noah Lukeman, An Agent In Manhattan, Has Taken This Advice And Created A Book That Examines Just What This Means, And I Have To Tell You, It S One Of The Best I Ve Read I Ve Written And Seen Published Pretty Close To A Dozen Novels In As Many Years Some Are Still To Be Published And Will Be Out Shortly Others Are Already Out Of Print After Four Years But I Wish I Had Read Lukeman S Book, The First Five Pages, When I Began Writing Fiction I M Glad I Did Now It Has Helped, Immediately I M Already Embarrassed About Some Of The Goofs I Made In My Writing And I Ve Been Revising Recent Prose With His Advice In Mind First Off, Lukeman Is A Literary Agent Who Once Was An Editor, And His Editorial Eye Is Sharp If Every Novelist And Short Story Writer In This Country Had Lukeman As An Editor, We D Have A Lot Readable Prose Out There He Writes Many Writers Spend The Majority Of Their Time Devising Their Plot What They Don T Seem To Understand Is That If Their Execution If Their Prose Isn T Up To Par, Their Plot May Not Even Be ConsideredThis Bears Repeating, Because In All The Books I Ve Read On Writing, This Is An Element That Is Most Often Forgotten In The Rush To Come Up With Snappy Ideas And Sharp Plot Progressions You Can Always Send A Hero On A Journey, After All, But If No Reader Wants To Follow Him, You Ve Wasted Your Time In A Tone That Can Be A Bit Professorial At Times, Lukeman Brings What Prose Is And How It Reads To Others Into Sharp Focus He Deals With Dialogue, Style, And, Most Importantly, Sound Sound How Does Prose Sound It Must Have Rhythm, Its Own Kind Of Music, In Order To Draw The Reader Into The Fictive Dream Lukeman S Tips And Pointers Are Genuinely Helpful, And Even Important With Regard To The Sound Of The Prose Itself Lukeman Also Brings In On Target Exercises For Writers Of Prose And The Wonderful Advice For Novelists To Read Poetry And Often Those First Five Pages Are Crucial, For All Concerned But Forget The Editor And Agent And Reader They Are Important For You, The Writer, Because They Determine The Sharpness Of Your Focus, The Completeness Of Your Vision, The Confidence You, As A Writer, Need To Plunge Into A Three Or Four Or Five Hundred Page Story The First Five Pages Should Be On Every Writer S Shelf This Is The Real ThingPDouglas Clegg Douglas Clegg Is The Author Of Numerous Novels And Stories, Including The Halloween Man And The Collection The Nightmare Chronicles In Addition, Clegg Is The Author Of The World S First Publisher Sponsored Internet Email Novel, Naomi 2.85 stars for me, but maybe 3.5 if you ve never read any other books on how to write better for publication The high GR rating just under 4 stars means a lot of people DO like this book better than I did This book purports to Take Your Writing to a Higher Level Avoid Common Manuscript Errors Attract the Attention of Agents and Editors It tries to cover a lot of topics that new writers need to be aware of, such as PRELIMINARY PROBLEMS Presentation, Adjectives and Adverbs, Sound, C 2.85 stars for me, This isn t at all what it claims to be I was looking for a book that would give examples of what to do and not to do in the first five pages of a book to get an editor to look at the work, the hook In fact, he didn t think hooks are that important Every other writing book I ve read said that if you don t grab the editor on the first couple of pages, your book won t get read Otherwise it was another general writing book and not a good one at that It took a long time to get to the meat of the This isn t at all what it claims to be I was looking for a book that would give examples of what to do and not to do in the first five pages of a book to get an editor to look at the work, the hook In fact, he didn t think hooks are that important Every other writing book I ve read said that if you don t grab the editor on the first couple of pages, your book won t get read Otherwise it was another general writing book and not a good one at that It took a long time to get to the meat of the book and it would only be useful for someone really new to writing who isn t very good and has no clue There were even grammar errors Mos There are a few reasons I was less than thrilled with this book.1 For each chapter on what might make an agent or publisher put your manuscript down, Lukeman gave an example Unfortunately the examples were all so obvious or over dramatized that I couldn t help but think There s no way anyone actually writes like this I so desperately wanted examples that reminded me of my own work so I might catch my mi So once I stopped beating my wrists and wailing at the utter unfairness of how ruthless editors and publishers can be, I took a deep breath and considered the advice in this book I hate that just one tiny mistake can make an editor drop your manuscript right away I ESPECIALLY hate that editors read manuscripts HOPING they can find something wrong with them, so they can move on to their never ending pile But I get it I don t like it, but I get it And I deeply, deeply appreciate the author of So once I stopped beating my wrists and wailing at the utter unfairness of how ruthless editors and publishers can be, I took a deep breath and considered the advice in this book I hate that just one tiny mistake can make an editor drop your manuscript right away I ESPECIALLY hate that editors read manuscripts HOPING they can find something wrong with them, so they can move on to their never ending pile But I get it I don t like it, but I get it And I deeply, deeply appreciate th