First Chapter Critique
Do you have a manuscript that you think is finished, but aren’t sure if it’s ready to publish? Are you worried about whether anybody else will think it’s any good? Are you putting together a book proposal or query to attract an agent or publisher, or preparing to self-publish for the first time? How about just starting a book, but want to make sure it’s marketable before you invest more time in it?
Make sure you have a strong start and a killer opening before you waste extra time and money. This in-depth structural critique will help you figure out who your audience is and how to captivate them from the first page.
It is critical that your first chapter sucks them in and keeps them reading. There’s no use editing the full book if you lose readers in the first chapter. Unfortunately, the first 5000 words are the hardest to get right, and the most important. An agent or new reader will browse the first few pages before giving your book a miss – you’ve only got one chance to convince them to keep reading!
If you’re not sure how much editing your book needs, whether or not it’s good enough to satisfy readers or why you are having trouble getting sales and book reviews (or why your rejection pile is thicker than your manuscript) why not let us do a deep developmental critique on your first 5000 words? We’ll point out exactly where your weaknesses lie and what you can do to make them better.
Bonus #1: commercial analysis & keyword optimization
Make it easy for readers to find you! We’ll identify the right market for your book, and suggest the keywords and categories to help readers find your books online. SEO experts will help position so that it gets discovered organically on Amazon or Google.
Bonus #2: blurb revision & Amazon page
We’ll help make sure you correctly categorize your book and choose the right keywords, but getting found isn’t enough. You need a blurb that actually sells the book. We’ll rewrite the blurb to balance the fine line between discoverability and intrigue. We’ll also help you create 3 brilliant “hooks” you can test in your marketing or sales copy.