Are you having problems selling your book?
What do you do to motivate book browsers?
I decided, one day, to go to Barnes and Noble to see what motivates a book browser. I observed how they picked a book. They first read the book flap, the back cover, and the first three pages of chapter one.
What can you do to motivate book browsers to buy your book?
You've got to make your opening sentence dynamic. Bang! You've got to hold their interest right away.
Page 12 would be too late. Book browsers are ready to put your book back on the shelf and go to the next book.
Here are opening sentences from a few of my own stories:
Rap music reverberated through the kitchen's ceiling lie a sonic boom.
Selma sprang from the dilapidated kitchen chair and a blast of heat from the opened screen door greeted her. She stared at herself in the wall mirror behind the kitchen table, as sweat trickled down he smooth sun-tanned face and stained her meticulously applied, honey-amber Eyves Rocher Foundation. She sat back at the table, and turned the small fan with the rusty blades toward her face.
"Ok, Sonny, it's up to you. Me and the kid or your Aunt Virginia? Sweat beaded Dolores' upper lip. She radiated the tension and excitement of her challenge, and feared that she was going to lose.
"Decide now, and decide fast!"
Once you've written enticing openings sentences, tell them in the next three pages your story hero, where it takes place, what's the conflict the hero is facing and why should the reader care?
Make it real and alive for the reader so that they will want to keep turning the pages.