While almost my entire 35-year publishing career has been in sales and marketing, I have found in both those roles and, recently, as an editor of two dozen published books, that the importance of your first few pages are more crucial than ever. That polishing them to near perfection is vital to keeping your reader reading.
For those of you considering traditional publishing, your first step is to hook an agent and keep them hooked. For those going for self-publishing, that busy reader can be quick to move on. In both cases, the reader is making snap judgments about whether to continue by page 5, or even page 3, or yes, by the end of page 1.
And I can help you.
What I have learned over the years: Without fail, the first 15 pages of the early draft of every manuscript I have ever read are full of small and big problems – and that they all are fixable!!
When the first pages are perfect, the trajectory of the book as you move on with your writing/rewriting can be lifted to a new level, as well as those opening pages now putting forth your work in the best possible light to a new reader.
Maybe you aren’t ready to commit to a full edit. Maybe you would like, for a very reasonable fee, my help in getting the first pages pitch perfect and then you can continue on from there with what you’ve learned.
I have also seen ‘manuscript fatigue’ set in. Many authors have been working on a book for so long and so deep into later pages that fresh, objective eyes on the opening pages are essential.
ExpressEdit will provide you with an in-depth edit of your first 15 pages, with detailed notes, corrections and suggestions. I will address plot trajectory and pace, voice and setting, and more, as well as supply you with a brief summary of additional thoughts for you.
My goal is to help you be a better writer.
– Carl Lennertz
The Chapter Summary Doctor is IN!
As my editing work has evolved with a variety of writers, I’ve noticed the great need by authors of non-fiction to create effective book proposals, and how important the chapter outlines are to the agent or editor considering the project.
For more about what I can do to help in this area, go to Chapter Summary Doctor