A Study in Best-Selling First Sentences (part 2)

As I thought about what I wanted to write about in today’s post, I remembered a post I wrote almost a year ago: “A Study of Best-Selling First Sentences.” In that post, I listed a number of popular books from the NYT best seller list along with their first sentence (or two), and then I suggested […]

3 Ways to Hook Your Reader: A Study of Best-Selling First Sentences

We’ve all heard the statistics about how long a person will look at a book before deciding whether or not to read it. It’s not very long–a few seconds, in fact. You essentially have the time it takes to read a billboard to convince a reader that he or she shouldn’t put your book down […]