Feliks asked:

So, just another scam/racket to help fame-hungry wannabe's dumb-down their writing for consumer viability...?

John Hannan I'm only a quarter through the book, but:

Absolutely not. The title appears as such, but it's written from a potential agent's perspective - which is something pretty novel for one of these types of books.

The book is lists tips to improve the chances of your manuscript both being read and being liked by a potential publisher or agent. It's a refreshing look at the writing craft, and while, as the book's title says, it's focused on the first five pages, most of what I've read so far is practical editing advice in general. I feel I've learned plenty already.
Ani Quite the contrary. Lukeman encourages the opposite of dumbing down. He has high standards for the craft of writing. He says point of his book is not publication, ultimately it is about commitment to one's art. Definitely worth a read.
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