Blog post number 2! How many do I need before I count as an official blogger? I guess if I stay consistent through to June, I can call myself that. If I want to. Do I want to?
Anyway, on to the point of this rambling. When sending sample pages along with a query (some agents request "the first X pages" and the X seems to be 5 or 10), do I send the very first pages (i.e., the Prologue) or the beginning of the story (which I think of as Chapter 1)?
I'm curious about this because I have different opinions about my Prologue and my Chapter 1. I think both are really good--not trying to be arrogant, here, I'm just pointing out I'm not sending something I think is less than good--but they have different points.
The Prologue has a faster pace and reveals some of the history of the important characters, but it isn't told from the perspective of the main character from whom most of the narrative is seen. The book can be read without the Prologue, and it will make complete sense and be a whole story. Some parts of it will make more sense and be a bit clearer, however, if the Prologue is read.
Chapter 1 has a slower pace as the main character is developed (not overly) and her voice is shown. She has a bit of slower build up to show where she is coming from before the action/twist starts later in the chapter. I have reworked this section over and over to keep it from being too slow. I can point out all the reasons I think the info is important and in the best pace/arrangement; of course, I'm not there with readers to point that out while they are reading, so it is kind of a moot point (or a moo point...like a cow's opinion: it doesn't matter).
So that leaves me with the question, which is the best to send: the Prologue or Chapter 1? I can't help but think Chapter 1, since that is the true meat of the story.
And I do like my beginning. I just worry that it might not have the suck-you-in it needs for an agent to ask for more pages. Guess I'll find out if I actually get asked for pages, huh? Trial by fire.
is going to get burned.