First page/first chapter turn-offs: The writing miscues that can cause an agent to stop reading your manuscript:
* The beginning is too slow. Too many details, too much description, too much backstory, or too many characters. The opening paragraphs lack action or a hook to entice the readers to continue to read.
* The story’s opening paragraphs fail to establish where the story is taking place, the time, and the setting.
* The writer didn’t establish a clear point of view.
* Mechanical errors can earn a speedy rejection. Mechanical errors are the typos, punctuation errors (including those involving dialogue), and unclear syntax that can destroy a good story.
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