The point is that dialogue can of course be an effective tool to engage a reader but it has to be something worthwhile. If not it might be best to ground the reader first in the scene and give them a reason to care about what's going on.
"The Arugulaian forces must defeat the great beyond of Fantainian or all will be lost for the King of Exidian."
Starting with dialogue in fantasy can be especially challenging since we don't know the world or the characters. We don't yet know why we should care.
Starting with dialogue - #querytip
Ask yourself if it passes the "coffee shop" test - meaning, if this is something someone said in a crowded coffee shop would it make you stop and listen?
If it doesn't, don't start with it.
Megan Manzano 🌸 @Megan_ManzanoHey #writers - I've seen a handful of submissions in my box with either incomplete queries or queries that don't give me any sense of the story.
Here are some tips and tricks for nailing the query!
Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzoGood advice for writers this time of year! I’ve received several offer notifications w short turnarounds. It’s one thing if you know you’re going to go w the original offer, then just withdraw the project, but if you want an agent to seriously consider, consider their time too. twitter.com/jldallow/statu…
Elise Capron @EliseCapron***PSA to all writers***
Always protect yourself and be wary of requests or invitations from self-proclaimed publishing professionals. If they seem remotely suspect, end the conversation, or reach out directly to the agency or publisher to find out if the information is legit.