Hook Your Reader – How to write a fabulous first page.
This session will be presented by Ally Blake and will be running on Sun 23rd August at 2pm.
You’ve been there; flicking to the first page of a book that catches your eye then putting the book back because line one – line one! – doesn’t grab you, or taking the book home as you have to know what happens next. Your first page is the first step towards selling your book – to editors and readers. Learn the common pitfalls to avoid and the key ingredients in creating a page-turning first page.
About your presenter:
Author Ally Blake has recently celebrated her tenth year in publishing. In that time she has travelled the world with her ever-patient husband researching fabulously noveliscious locations, had three bright bumptious kids, happily represented the romance genre on The Project and A Current Affair and in New Idea as well as numerous other publications, and eaten more M&Ms than should be medically possible. She’s also had more than thirty novels published and sold over four million copies worldwide. Check them out at http://www.allyblake.com.
Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
Believer in love, luck, fairies, and the power of delight.
What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference?
I’m a relentless reader. If a book doesn’t grab me in the first page – heck, sometimes even the first line! – I’ll find one that does. So I figured getting the first page right was something we writers could all spend more time thinking about.
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
Sure have! I’ve presented a number of workshops and talks over the years on topics such as writing linked books, being newly published, setting as character, and revisions. I even hosted the Awards dinner…twice!
What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
The high you feel from spending all that face time with people who get you. And the fact that feeling lingers and colours your writing – like fairy dust – when you get back home.
Which members will benefit most from this session?
Anyone. Everyone. Even those who’ve yet to finish their first novel will have written a first page. And I know I’ve already benefitted from looking more closely at the subject in the preparation of the talk!
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2015 Get Fresh conference in Melbourne?
I adore Melbourne to pieces. My husband and I moved there for a year after we first married and ended up staying for ten. The minute I get off the plane I’ll be in my bliss.
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
I have a number of books out right now including a fun novella called “Second Chance Honeymoon” and “Resisting the Musician” the first in a super sexy rock star trilogy with Christine Bell and Robin Covington. You can find out all about them on