A quick tip from an author to be respected:
by Rita Karnopp
Everyone says to begin at the beginning – but don’t forget – begin with action. You must grab an editor or agent within the first two sentences of your manuscript, then within the first one thousand words.
Make the ‘reader’ care immediately about your character(s) giving them challenges, personality, temperament, a defect or two, and of course assets.
Present your character’s challenge and conflict(s) in the story….