The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

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Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages. The First ...

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becket

Jun 27, 2009

The First Five Pages

Noah Lukeman's book is very helpful for aspiring writers. He helps you to make it past the Assistant To the literary agent. The Assistant To's job is to read all the queries, all the synopsis and sample chapters and then recommend .1% to the agent. The Assistant To has a tremendous reading load and because of this is inclined to reject, reject, reject to get through the pile.

Lukeman's book tells you the techniques the Assistant To uses to quickly and efficiently do the initial screening. He does this with clarity and directness.

Aspiring writers are a huge market for "how to"
advice. This advice seems to have fallen into a pattern which is repeated over and over again. In my opinion Lukeman's book is well done and useful. By the way, my favorite rejection was, "Alas, it's not for us. So sorry."

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