To Prologue or Not to Prologue
That is my question. If a book has a prologue I read it. If not…Well then evidently I don’t read it. 🙂 It doesn’t matter to me either way. But I have been reading some blog posts saying that agents and publishers are opposed to a prologue.
What are your thoughts? Is it detrimental to have one? Or do you think it helps to tell a little more about your story?
Here is one definition that I found for Prologue, which actually makes sense for my series.
The reason I am asking is that all five of the books in my series, “The Reincarnations of A.M.B.E.R.” will have a prologue and an epilogue.
They have to because it is the only time you will see Amber. Each book has its own main character. The first book has Alexiah. The second book is Matty, and so on.
Are there different words besides prologue and epilogue that you could label them as? Or should I just start out the first chapter titled, Amber? The only problem with that is, I don’t want people to think she will be popping up here and there throughout the book, because she won’t and I want to set the two apart. Amber has her own story and each main character has theirs and they won’t be tied together until the final two books.
Let me know what you think.
As for the first book, I am hoping to have it ready for beta readers around the first of July, so if anyone is interested in being a beta reader let me know.
The cover is still in the early drafts but here it is,
I’m still working on the back cover blurb and will share it with you next week.
And here is a sample of the prologue;
The Gate to Heaven
December 21, 2012
“I’m sorry miss, but you are not allowed in.”
“What? But…’ Amber stammers, ‘But this is Heaven. What do you mean I’m not allowed in?”
“Follow me miss.”
Following the angel around the corner Amber comes to an abrupt stop and stares at the back of a man in a flowing white robe as the angel clears his throat to announce her arrival. Turning to thank the angel Amber finds he is no longer there. All she can see are white puffy clouds.
“Amber, I am so glad you could make it.”
Amber‘s thoughts buzz around her head as he turns to face her. Oh God, what am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to kneel? Kiss his feet? Or is it his hand? Think Amber. Think.
“Amber quit babbling and sit down. You are going to drive me insane.”
He has a nice voice. Not loud and yet, I want to describe it as booming. Like the thunderclouds clashing together during a thunderstorm. I can sense the authority, the passion, the…Wait…Can he hear me?
“Amber, Sit Down.”
Copyright © Karen Einsel 2014