Dear Miss Snark,
Do you have an opinion about prologues?
My editor is urging me to consider using one. I'm trying to remember the last time I even read one. The dictionary says a proglogue is the preliminary act or course of action foreshadowing greater events.
This would seem to be what needs to be done in my case. BUT, there's a lot of pressure to snap people into the greater events immediately. The first page even. The first sentence even.(Tomorrow it might be the first word, even.)
In your experience, have prologues had the effect of discouraging you from reading further?
I have this shimmery thought that some people consider a prologue optional reading. In other words, they might skip to the first chapter, then, if interested, go back to the prologue later. I might be making this up.
Thank you very much.
Helloo!!!! Wake Up! Smell the coffee!!!
Don't ask me for dog's sake.
DO WHAT YOUR EDITOR SAYS.
I'm full of good advice but if your editor says do a prologue or consider doing one: DO IT.
If you write one and don't like it, talk to your editor, or YOUR agent.
I'm not sticking my long skinny twitchy nose ...well, that's Killer Yapp's nose, but you get the idea, into YOUR editor's comments about a book he's read. I don't like science fiction; does that mean you're going to stop writing it? nooooooooooooo.
You might have to be the nitwit of the day if no one else shows up.