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Resources for Great Beginnings Presentation

Below is a list of the resources I shared in my ACFW-Chicago presentation "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages":



  • Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress (Writer's Digest Books)
  • The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb (Writer's Digest Books)
  • Hooked: Write Fiction that Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton (Writer's Digest Books)
  • Your First Page by Peter Selgin (Serving House Books)
  • Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Crons (Ten Speed Press)


Blog posts by former literary agent turned developmental editor
Mary Kole
, author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books):

I didn't mention the following articles, but they may also be of help.

If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.


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