An excerpt from Guide to Literary Agents from Writer’s Digest books.
No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary agents.
They’re the ones on the front lines, sifting through inboxes and slush piles. And they’re the ones who can tell us which Chapter One approaches are overused and cliché, as well as which techniques just plain don’t work when you’re writing a book.
…find a smattering of feedback from experienced literary agents on what they hate to see the first pages of a writer’s submission. Avoid these problems and tighten your submission!
The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents