I'm struggling here...and would be curious to hear your thoughts. My first 5 pages are not what I would call EXCITING. 2 major plot points get covered in the first 5 pages and I think they're decently written. But there's no murder, sex or explosions of any kind. By page 9, things get exciting but there's no way to get to that action sooner...trust me, I've tried.
The jury is still out about my first 5 because one agent only requested the first 5 pages and rejected me. Another read the entire ms and really liked it. 2 partials are still out there but one I'm starting to have a bad feeling about since the agent tends to respond quickly and it's been 5+ weeks...
I've read various articles--some say the reader needs to be engaged by page 5, others by page 10, and I just read that one agent gives it to page 50 to feel compelled or not by the story / writing.