Opening Salvo: Writing a First Chapter That Guarantees Readers (and Editors) Keep Reading
Every portion of a novel is important, but there is no more crucial chapter than the first one‚Äìbecause if it fails, it could very well be the last one the reader bothers to read. In this presentation, author Adam Sternbergh looks at openings that really work, ones that really don't, pitfalls to avoid and tips to implement. When a reader opens the front cover of a book, it's like opening the front door of a house‚Äìand the first chapter is the introduction that determines whether or not the reader invites you in. Learn how to make a failsafe first impression.
Adam Sternbergh is the Edgar-nominated author of Shovel Ready, Near Enemy, and most recently, The Blinds, a thriller about a remote, secretive town in West Texas. He is the former culture editor of the New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor to New York magazine. He lives in Brooklyn.
Learn more at www.adamsternbergh.com