Over at the blog Pub Rants, two agents share the first pages that caught their attention of two novelists. The first is Janice Hardy's two pages from her debut novel The Shifter published in 2009 . These two pages are original and were not changed for publication! The other is the opening by Julia Karr for her novel XVI, which will be coming out in 2011.
I am in awe of these two authors. Both samples were so beautifully written I was hooked. Afterward, I tried to analyze why. I came up with three conclusions:
- They both opened with action.
- With a few words weaved in, I became aware of the setting, place, and time.
- I was drawn to memorable characters.