First 50 Pages

The First 50 Pages
Engage Agents, Editors, and Readers, and Set Up Your Novel for Success
by Jeff Gerke
Writer’s Digest Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781599632384
$16.99, paperback, 240 pages

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Read an Excerpt
Poor dialogue is something you must not have in your submission package. In this excerpt, author Jeff Gerke helps you craft dialogue that will keep agents and editors reading.

Seeking writing success? Start at the beginning…
Whether you’re looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are the key to catching an agent or editor’s attention, and are crucial for keeping your reader engaged.

As a writer, what you do in your opening pages, and how you do it, is a matter that cannot be left to chance. The First 50 Pages is here to help you craft a strong beginning right from the start. You’ll learn how to:

• introduce your main character
• establish your story world
• set up the plot’s conflict
• begin your hero’s inner journey
• write an amazing opening line and terrific first page
• and more

This helpful guide walks you through the tasks your first 50 pages must accomplish in order to avoid leaving readers disoriented, frustrated, or bored. Don’t let your reader put your book down before ever seeing its beauty. Let The First 50 Pages show you how to begin your novel with the skill and intentionality that will land you a book deal, and keep readers’ eyes glued to the page.

**Includes a foreword by James Scott Bell, author of Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure and The Art of War for Writers

About the Author

Jeff Gerke is an editor and author of fiction and nonfiction including such books as the Operation: Firebrand novels and Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction. He is the founder of Marcher Lord Press, an indie publishing company dedicated to producing Christian science fiction and fantasy.


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