BRENDA HiLL

What IS the MOST IMPORTANT CHAPTER in your novel?


Each chapter has a unique job to perform, but your 1st Chapter is CRITICAL to your success as a writer. If you haven't incorporated at least 3 of the


5 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS


in your opening pages, you risk losing the agent/publisher/reader long before they get to that fantastic last middle or last chapter.


DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR?


Hook:


Main character(s) POV


Setting – ground your reader by setting


Goal – what does mc want?


Problem/conflict, why she can’t have desire


Pacing – careful with backstory


Tone – eerie, spooky, upbeat, quirky, etc


In Ten Times Guilty, I introduced m/c in 2nd chapter simply because I didn’t want a Prologue, but I kept the 1st chapter short and dramatic action to increase pacing.


In your 1st chapter, you must not only include all the essential elements, but you must do so in a way that the chapter still MOVES, doesn’t come to a halt when you introduce the elements. WEAVE it all in along with story.


And the further the reader reads, the less likely he’ll put your book back onto the shelf and search for something else.




When I queried my latest publisher, they replied with a request for ONLY the 1st 3 Paragraphs of my opening chapter. So your first page MUST entice them to read further.  

 Then they asked for the 1st 3 chapters, then the full.


After reading the full, they offered a contract.

 

NEED HELP WITH YOUR OPENING PAGES?


As an editor, I specialize in a writer's FIRST  CHAPTER, the critical OPENING PAGES that either entice readers to turn the page or replace your book with someone else's masterpiece.


If this has happened to you, and you'd like personal help, don't worry. I'll work with you. For one price, I will:

PROOFREAD, COPY EDIT, and EDIT for CONTENT your opening chapter.

Your job as a writer is to present your manuscript/story in the best possible light.


MY JOB AS AN EDITOR IS TO HELP YOU
ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL.

LET'S WORK TOGETHER! 

WITH YOUR IDEAS AND MY EXPERIENCE, WE'LL TRANSFORM YOUR OPENING

FROM DULL TO DYNAMIC!

YOUR 1ST CHAPTER:

TESTIMONIALS:

Have you included the
5 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
your opening chapter MUST have?

What clients are saying 
about my 
workshops & editing services:

FEE

TO BEGIN THE PROCESS:

I'll ANALYZE & EDIT

your 1st chapter up to

2500 words:

INCLUDES:

proofing, copyediting, and editing for content:


 

$75.00

Contact me with your information:
  • Genre
  • Title
  • Email Address
  • Some Info about you:

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