Your First Page

Author Peter Selgin

The first page of your novel (or story) is crucial. If an editor or agent isn’t interested by the first page, then chances are they won’t read any further.

Novelist and writing instructor Peter Selgin (author of 179 Ways to Save a Novel and By Cunning & Craft) decided to address this very topic by starting a blog titled Your First Page that helps writers with the first page of their work. Writers can submit their first pages and receive feedback (first from Selgin himself and then from other writers).

Getting objective feedback is one of the most important things you can do improve your manuscript. Selgin’s blog is a great way to get started. Some other ideas include joining/starting a writing group (Becky Levine’s excellent book The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide has some great insights into how to go about this); or check out WD’s peer critique studio.


About seescottwrite

I'm a writer and editor. I've worked for Writer's Digest, HOW and Popular Woodworking and have authored and co-authored several books including "The Monster Spotter's Guide to North America," "The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook," and "The Writer's Book of Matches."
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2 Responses to Your First Page

  1. Bernice Sharp says:

    How does one go about sending you a copy of a First page

  2. seescottwrite says:

    Hi Bernice…
    You don’t send your first page to me. You’ll send it to Peter Selgin via email. He includes instructions on his blog:

    Good luck!

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