Within the first page, you need to catch the reader’s attention.
- What does your character want or need? What’s in the way?
- What are they like as a person? Does a real sense of personality come across?
- Is everything happening in a vacuum, or is it solidly grounded in time and space?
- Is there a sense of direction in your story?
- Is there a sense of unease, of something wrong?
- How does the writing flow? Silly errors will put the reader off.