The 9 Most Common Mistakes I See on Opening Pages

Important information from literary agent Annie Bomke on what she looks for in the first few pages of a manuscript.
Thanks, Annie!

Annie Bomke Literary Agency

A while ago when I solicited advice on what topics to cover in my blogs, someone asked me to cover common mistakes I see authors making in their first pages, so here is my rough list.

One quick note before I start the list, just to give you an idea of my mindset going into a manuscript. When I read a submission, I don’t ask myself: “Is this a good book?” or “Is this person a good writer?” I ask: “Am I interested in reading more?” There’s no such thing as an objectively good book, because reading is a subjective experience, so I don’t attempt to judge what’s “good.” All I’m looking for is a desire to read more. If I don’t feel compelled to read more, I stop reading.

So without further ado, here are the most common reasons I stop reading:

No Sense of POV
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11 thoughts on “The 9 Most Common Mistakes I See on Opening Pages

      1. Soon. I’ve queried multiple agents twice but none requested more pages. I’ve tweaked my opening, made my MC likeable and a few other things. I’ll be ready to query by summer.

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