The First Chapter Challenge

Fail-Proof First Chapters that Convert Readers into Customers

Captivate Readers With Page Turning First Chapters

That Create Raving Fans & More Sales

The most devastating experience for an author is writing, publishing, and launching their book…only for it to flop.

Where did it go wrong?

You spent over a year writing your story.

You put blood, sweat, and tears into it.

It’s captivating.

It showcases your talent.

Stunning, professional cover art.

Highly converting blurb.

Did all the “right” things.

So why aren’t the sales rolling in?

A lot of times, it’s as simple as the first chapter.

First chapters are often the hardest to write and the most important for making the sale.


Some readers may one click on a cover alone, but usually at least half of the readers intrigued with your cover will read the blurb before deciding, and half of those readers will continue on to the opening pages.

In theory, you're looking at losing about 25% of your sales if your opening pages don't hook them in.

Let's say they do buy the book without reading the opening pages, though. If the opening pages don't captivate, you can expect:

  • Higher returns
  • Poorer reviews from readers who didn't finish the book
  • Less readers finishing the book and going on to buy more from your catalog

Have I got your attention?

The first chapter is VITAL.

Of course, not every reader will fall in love with every opening you write.

That’s not an excuse to skip putting in the work.

The opening line, the first paragraph, and the first chapter should work together to be engaging, fast-paced, and richly developed if you want any chance at having a bestseller with readers turning into life-long fans.

The goal is to catch their commitment to continue reading and buy the book with your first chapter.

That’s a tall order.

First chapters are hard work. But the payoff is worth it.

How do I know this? I’ve:

  • helped over 500 authors hit the USAT or NYT bestseller list.
  • personally hit the USA Today bestseller list with a single title on multiple occasions.
  • hit the New York Times bestseller list with a single title on my first try.
  • taught hundreds of authors how to make six to seven figures a year writing fiction.

Let me help YOU get there too.


The First Chapter Challenge

The 7-day challenge with a combination of knowledge-sharing lessons & action-taking tasks to help you write riveting first chapters that convert readers into buyers.

Whether you’re brand new to writing fiction, been at this for a while without progress, or have made some progress, but you've gotten stuck, The First Chapter Challenge is perfect for authors at any level.

After working through the 7-day challenge, you will:

  • learn techniques (that no one is teaching) that incorporate reader psychology and synergistically builds book sales into your writing.
  • write your first chapter faster with richer and stronger passages and less rewrites and revisions
  • get fewer book returns, better reviews and long-lasting, raving buyers

What to expect in the challenge:

Day 1: First Chapter Foundations

The purpose of your first chapter, what you want to do, and what you want to avoid doing

Day 2: Openings

Four must-haves for an effective opening scene to hook the reader and KEEP them hooked.

Day 3: Scene & Beat Planning

Planning setting, character, and action and how to create an inspiration bank to work from before you start writing.

Day 4: Writing the First Page

Three non-negotiable elements to include in your first page to hook readers, plus a bonus pro tip.

Day 5: Pages 2 - 5

Writing pages 2 - 5 without falling into the backstory trap and info dumping.

Day 6: Pages 6 - 9

Goals for writing pages 6 - 9 and evaluation questions to ensure you’re keeping the reader enthralled.

Day 7: Ending Pages

Writing ending pages that make the reader want to read more right now!

Who is The First Chapter Challenge for?

  • Both new and established fiction authors who are worried that their book isn’t going to sell
  • Authors writing a series, a collection of standalones, or one-off stories that aren't connected
  • Authors who enjoy self-led learning without having to search for (usually unhelpful) information on Google

Look, you can search Google and get pages upon pages of first chapter do’s and don’ts.

But if you’re here, you probably did that already and were disappointed in what you found.

Maybe the person giving the advice has a success story of their own but never helped anyone else.

Or maybe you felt like they were holding back. Or that something was missing.

Either way, you either haven't been able to finish your first chapter or haven't been able to garner agent interest or haven't been able to get book sales even when promoting, despite having a great cover and blurb and reviews.

This course contains the only tried and true (over and over again) first chapter process that gets you sales on autopilot.

The difference between my process and what you find free online is it was successful for not only myself, but for hundreds of authors.

It's also the only training out there that incorporates reader psychology into the training, and that's because we're the only coaching team for authors who has looked into the science of book sales to create our proprietary processes.

Finally get the sales you deserve! Sign up for…

The First Chapter Challenge To Fail-Proof Your

Openings & Convert Readers To Buyers!

Start Today for Just $99

Your Instructor

Rebecca Hamilton
Rebecca Hamilton

Rebecca Hamilton is a New York Times bestselling author who moved her writing career to the slow lane to focus on her family and on helping other authors build their careers. Over the last four years, she has helped hundreds of authors move from part time hobby writing to full time career writing. Many of her "graduates" have moved on to make $5k-40k+ a month writing books, and 20% Amazon's bestselling authors are Rebecca's past or current clients. Her 2018 one-on-one coaching clients have experienced 100% success rates with her 14 Step Method, though she also offers smaller courses for authors who just want to dip their toes into the publishing pool first, before diving in.

Course Curriculum

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  Day 1: First Chapter Foundations
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  Day 2: Openings
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  Day 4: Writing the First Page
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  Day 6: Pages 6-9
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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