Things I Never Want To Read In An Opening Sentence So Please Stop

Column by Peter Derk June 16, 2022
You can have a killer cover, a great blurb, and an overall excellent book, but a bad opening line trainwrecks all of it.

5 Story Opening Clichés That Need to Die

Column by Max Booth III August 15, 2016
Here's why your dumb story keeps getting rejected.

What Every Successful Novel Opening Must Do: Myth vs. Reality

Column by Susan DeFreitas September 17, 2015
It's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?