Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How to Make Them Stop Reading

The ever-informative Guide to Literary Agents Blog had a great post recently from guest blogger Livia Blackburne called "7 Reasons Agents Stop Reading Your First Chapter."

All novelists should take a look-see, because we all fall prey to cliches, boring conventions, and lazy writing at times. I expected to find the "don't start with weather" dictum, since that's a common theme when you talk to agents and editors. But I was more surprised to see that some writers give readers Too Much Information (TMI), as in detailed descriptions of bodily functions or even surgery. Ew. My sympathies, agents!


Livia said...

Thank you for featuring my post! (Google alerts is how I found you ) There really were quite a few TMI's at the event :-)

Nina Berry said...

Love those Google alerts! Keep up the posting, Livia. Good info for sure!