Posted by Sean O'Mordha on March 06, 2012 at 23:55:13:
In Reply to: Re: A prologue on my book? posted by Ted on May 29, 2010 at 11:16:24:
Literary agents aside, what are you telling in the prologue? How does it propel the story? Is it information that could be inserted elsewhere?
Look at published works in your genre. Are any of those authors using a prologue? If so, how and why?
Do agents know anything about writing? Some "famous" authors currently on the seller's list use prologues. Did their agent protest?
I have experimented with prologues. They are not back story. In fact, they have little to do with the story at hand. They do introduce the reader to events that will be happening in future editions of the series.
If you have a prologue, you should consider an epilogue.
In short, know your craft and how to use it.
: Many lit agents say they don't like them. They say, if it belongs in the novel, put it in the novel. They say it is stalling. They say it is
writer insecurity, that people won't keep reading unless they are given some information right up front.
: : I wrote a pretty long prologue at the start of my adventure novel, and one of the agents I sent it to told me to take it off. I did and she still didn't take it. But most of the adventure novels I read have a prologue, so why shouldn't mine? What does everybody here think?
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