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Writing A First Chapter That Will Hook Your Readers And Agents Alike.

Want to hook readers so they can’t walk away from your book? Want to catch an agent’s attention and stand out from the rest of the slush pile? Want to get that elusive word-of-mouth buzz about your book? Writing an amazing first chapter is one of the most powerful ways of achieving these goals. Easier said than done, though, right? Continue reading

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To Prologue Or Not To Prologue? That Is The Question.

To me, prologues in novels usually exist to provide a complicated backstory that may or may not be immediately relevant to the main storyline. Continue reading

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Upcoming 2019 Novel (Jacobs Pass)

Prologue The splintering bark showered him as the shot exploded into the tree a mere foot from his head.   “You can’t hide. I know every corner of this forest, and it will be your burying-ground.” Cresting the hill, he … Continue reading

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JACOBS PASS: Chapter 7

The door to Walters is just a door; I always thought it should be one of those old western swinging types but times change. Actually, time continues on its ever constant rate, and it seems that only styles and acceptance … Continue reading

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JACOBS PASS: Chapter 6

Back out on the wooden planks of the store fronts I have but one place to go before heading back home, the tavern to see Walter. Just as I’m about to reach Walter’s that’s when Luke, the sheriff, steps out … Continue reading

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JACOBS PASS: Chapter 5

Coming finally to the first casted shadow of the building on my right I feel my eyelids lower a bit and my mind sharpen. This isn’t intentional; it has become a reflex, somehow shadows casted from manmade objects swing the … Continue reading

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JACOBS PASS: Chapter 2

My name is Joseph Tooley, and it was my father Jacob that went missing nine years ago out here in these very woods. No trace has ever been found of him in all that time. And believe me it hasn’t … Continue reading

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