Monday, May 21, 2007
FEATURED AGENT INTERVIEW: Nathan Bransford - Agent, Curtis Brown Ltd. Literary Agency San Francisco CA.
EI: Is it true that the first 3 chapters in a MS is crucial, but if the narrative is awkward or the prose poor, won't that be obvious right away? Why would an editor or agent need to read past the first 3 chapters?
Nathan Bransford: The first three chapters are definitely important because they have to hook an agent right away. I am always looking for a great plot and a writer who has mastered the craft of writing. I don’t often read manuscripts where the narrative is awkward and the prose is poor, because writers who don’t have a mastery of narrative and prose don’t make it past the query stage.