I was completely bummed when Carly Watters stopped posting on WordPress a couple years ago; however, her blog is still up. I reference it quite a bit and highly recommend any writer do so as well.
One of an author’s biggest challenges is writing a compelling first page. This is not only important to hook readers but also an agent.
Here’s an excellent post from Carly’s webpage with suggestions to create a stand-out first page via 6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One