How to Keep a Reader Engaged ‘Til the End

Having a reader select your book is a win but keeping this reader engaged until the end is the icing on the cake. We’re thrilled to share tips on how to guarantee a reader’s engagement until the last page.

First and foremost, it is necessary to grab the reader’s attention from the beginning. It is important to make a good first impression on the reader, which includes an attractive cover and a fitting title. Also, you need to invest time and effort to charm your reader in the first lines. For example, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, which is seen as a literary classic, begins with these simple yet intriguing words, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug”. Questions and feelings of interest will stem from this first sentence. The reader will also feel the need to go on.

In addition, you need to make the characters interesting. The characters carry a huge part of the plot, and they have the power to keep the reader invested. For instance, an antagonist, if complex and well-crafted, can help move the plot and keep the characters interested.

Furthermore, remember the “show, don’t tell” technique as you narrate. Instead of stating facts, invite the readers into your world and allow them to explore every detail with you. For instance, don’t tell your audience that your main character is heartbroken, instead show them where his mind wanders and how his lips tremble as he tries to hold back tears.

Finally, you need to exploit crucial information and decide the right time for a reveal. For example, plot twists, when handled effectively, always keep the reader invested and might even make the book memorable. Another effective method is to create suspense by retaining pertinent information. It helps heighten the reader’s curiosity and make sure they make it to the end.

Once you feel like your manuscript is ready, Langtons International Agency will be more than delighted to review your work and help guarantee the success of your book.