It may be a mere paragraph later, or a whole chapter later, or maybe you haven't written it at all. Maybe the first sentence stays, and you gut the opening from there.
|there are frogs of relevance in Frankie Sky...|
As some of you may know, I just (finally! *tosses confetti*) sold my next YA novel, Frankie Sky.
Prior to the sale, no opening of any of my manuscripts changed more than the opening of that one, Frankie Sky.
There were definite reasons for these changes, for starters, the original version I set out to tell morphed completely as I wrote. The protagonist, Francesca "Beans" Schnell, started out much younger in the original draft, and the story spanned a much longer time. The central focus was her relationship with the boy she meets, Frankie Sky.
Here's one of the original opening's from 2010:
Fast forward. The book sold (*makes another squeaky happy noise*) and my new editor commented that she wanted to see Francesca's relationship with Lisette sooner - though not necessarily in the opening. In the version that sold, we don't see Lisette until the third chapter, although Francesca referenced her in the first paragraph.
Based on that feedback, and a few other editorial requests, I started to play with this new opening, which is where I am now:
p.s. If you're in Mr. Wyzlic's class, please let me know! Look forward to chatting with you guys on Tuesday!