* Contest at end! * How important is your first paragraph? Extremely important. You only have a few seconds to grab a potential reader’s attention, so hook ’em instantly!
We have literally thousands of books screaming for our attention. Which new books will readers buy? I’ll tell you.
Since we can read the first pages of a book on Amazon (or other places), first impressions are critical! I have excitedly looked up many books that others raved about. If the first paragraph was dull, the second was dull, the first page was dull—I just moved on. Maybe somewhere in the book it turned amazing and intriguing, but I wasn’t going to spend my time slogging through to find the interesting part.
As a writer you want to grab your readers from the first sentence, the first paragraph, the first page—keep them eagerly reading—until they are forced to stop and buy your book to read the rest.🙂
Here’s an example of a great first paragraph that hooked me: Continue reading “CONTEST! Hook Readers Instantly”