Why an Agent Won’t Read Past Your First Chapter

according to Guide to Literary Agents

1. Generic beginnings: Stories that opened with the date or the weather didn’t really inspire interest. According to Harmsworth, you are only allowed to start with the weather if you’re writing a book about meteorologists. Otherwise, pick something more creative.

2. Slow beginnings: Some manuscripts started with too much pedestrian detail (characters washing dishes, etc) or unnecessary background information.

The other 5 reasons are here.

One thought on “Why an Agent Won’t Read Past Your First Chapter

  1. adamdickson October 17, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    I totally agree. Let’s not bore agents with weather conditions in the opening paragraph or we’ll never get a book published!

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