Most authors know that the first pages of a novel are the most crucial and carry the weightiest burden in their entire book. The opening scene must convey so many things that often the author will have to rewrite it numerous times to get it right. But the first page is especially crucial to get right. Why? Because if readers don’t get engaged in the story right away, they’ll stop reading. Our panel will tackle first-page submissions selected from attendees submissions sent in before the conference and show you what works, what doesn’t, and how to make a first page better so agents and readers will sit up and notice! You can learn a lot from the first page critiques of other writers.