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The Big 10: The 10 Essential Elements to a Riveting First Chapter

Learn everything you need to create a powerful first chapter

Your first chapter is the most important. If a reader isn’t captured by the end of chapter One, they’ll miss the rest, (because it’ll sit on their shelf and languish!) In this Audio/Video class, learn the ten elements that must be in your first chapter if you want to capture your reader, including an overview of a sharp HOOK.

All videos/audio are downloadable, with PDF Transcripts

Approximately 15 mins in length.


Class Curriculum


  Essential Elements for a Riveting First Chapter
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Your Instructor


Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren

Hi. I'm Susan May Warren. I started writing while I lived in Siberia (yes, you heard that right--cold, snowy, Siberia). Alone. No one to help me, overwhelmed and not a little discouraged. Fifteen years later, I've published over 60 books in five different genres, have landed on numerous bestseller lists (including USA Today bestselling), won the RITA, CHRISTY and CAROL awards (and others) and started a school for novelists.

I've learned a few things along the way (beyond techniques on how to stay warm in the tundra!) Most importantly I learned that if I wanted to be published, I had to figure out how to write a book, how to edit it, how to step back from my stories, look at them with a critical eye, figure out what a good manuscript looks like, and then use my unique voice to make that happen.

First, write a good book. Then, learn how to sell it.

This is the foundation of NovelAcademy. Learning. Editing. Growing...Getting published and Staying published.


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