Literary Agent Extraordinaire Nathan Bransford is blogging today about prologues, and as usual has some very good things to say. There’s a lot of debate out there (especially, may I say, in the fantasy writing world) about whether prologues are or aren’t necessary or cliched or any number of other things, but Nathan does a great job summing things up and letting us know what to do about submitting prologues with partial requests.

So here you go, starting with my favorite quote:

What is a prologue? Typically it is 3-5 pages of introductory material that is written while the author is procrastinating from writing a more difficult section of the book.