Jane Pearson

Senior editor at Text Publishing

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Crafting a Killer First Chapter
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Given the modern array of entertainments that vie with books, and the rapidly growing number of authors able to reach their audiences directly through self-publishing and other digital means, it’s probably never been more critical to make your work irresistible from page one.

Explore the art of capturing an audience by gaining a deeper understanding of the critical functions of a first chapter. Gain insight into what professionals seek from your manuscript, as well as common failings, and learn techniques in the art of the hook – from bludgeoning the reader with murder and mayhem, to more subtle and nuanced ways authors create intrigue.

Learn exactly how long you have to snare an agent/editor’s attention.

Taking part in the conversation is publishing lecturer and author, Euan Mitchell, who also has experience as a senior editor, Paul Collins, author of The Jelindel Chronicles and The Quentaris Chronicles, as well as senior editor at Text Publishing, Jane Pearson, who last year edited the non-fiction award winner in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia). The panel is brought to you in partnership with Freshly Squeezed Reads, a website dedicated to emerging YA fiction, and as an accompaniment to its first chapter contest, #C1Blitz.



Have you crafted your killer first chapter?

Enter C1Blitz – YA writing comp

The YA fiction community is gathering at Freshly Squeezed Reads. Join writers, teen readers and industry in the new online competition, Chapter One Blitz (see the C1Blitz page for details), with winners to be featured in a book of first chapters.

C1Blitz exposes the work of emerging writers to teens and industry professionals, provides valuable feedback on these works, and kickstarts writers to build a profile as they explore their publishing options.