So I got my very first rejection letter today! *throws confetti and starts slicing up cake for all takers* The editor was nice enough to say they liked the plot, but I did not establish "an immediate reader-character connection", a reason for people to root for the protagonists early on. So I wanted to put it to a question- how do you go about establishing emotional bonds between reader and protagonist. You! Yes, you, with my cake in your hands! It's not free cake! Pony up some advice if you want some! Everyone who fails to give advice can only have yogurt!