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The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success Paperback – November 25, 2011
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Jeff Gerke (www.marcherlordpress.com and www.wherethemapends.com) is an author of fiction and nonfiction including such books as the Operation: Firebrand novels. He has worked as an editor for numerous publications and is the founder of Marcher Lord Press, an indie publishing company dedicated to producing the finest in Christian science-fiction, fantasy, and other genres. He is also the author of Plot Versus Character, also from Writer's Digest Books. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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As with all writing books, there is some info you've read in other books, but Gerke structures it all in an organized fashion. It's all geared towards helping you get the most critical part of your book just right. (Even though I've read like 20+ writing books, I still found this useful).
When I talk to new writers, I recommend they read three books before digging into that first book: This book, Larry Brooks' Story Engineering and Save the Cat.
The first 50 pages talks about common cliches that editors don't like. This book starts out with a look inside an editor's head. What the submission process is like. Also it talks about the three bombs that will kill your novel. This book gives excellent examples of what you should and should not do in your first 50 pages.