L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

The rumors of the prologue’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Here’s a guide to when a prologue may help—or hinder—your book, from Ryan Van Cleave’s March 2020 WD article. Ryan Van Cleave As a writing coach and college professor, I keep current on what agents and editors want because outside of basic craft instruction, those …

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by Chuck Sambuchino No one reads more novel beginnings than literary agents. They’re the ones on the front lines, sifting through inboxes and slush piles. And they can tell us which Chapter One approaches are overused and cliché, as well as which writing techniques just plain don’t work when you’re writing a book. Below, find …

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