First Chapters

A just-for-laughs blog where I review first chapters of classic works in the role of a friendly critique partner!

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Querying 101: A Guide To Following Absolutely Every Absolute Rule At The Same Time (In An Industry With No Absolutes)

You’ve written the book. Congratulations! Now the hard work begins. You’ve likely heard of the dreaded query letter, along with talk of pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here is an overview of the rules for structuring your query that will make writing it a snap!… Read more Querying 101: A Guide To Following Absolutely Every Absolute Rule At The Same Time (In An Industry With No Absolutes)

Anne of Green Gables

In this installment of First Chapters, I review the aforementioned chapter of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Folks. This one was painful. I ADORE this book, and trying to find anything at all to comment on required unprecedented levels of nit-pickiness. I suppose I’ll run into that problem a lot as I review… Read more Anne of Green Gables

Welcome to First Chapters!

My name is Juliana, and I’m a writer of Young Adult (YA) novels and picture books (PB). I’ve been an active member of writing critique groups for several years, and I got the idea to “critique” the first chapters of classic literature in a blog. My goal is to critique one first chapter a week.… Read more Welcome to First Chapters!

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