I've been studying a writing podcast called Writing Excuses of late which goes into many of the finer points of writing and getting published. As I've never been published, I pay attention to podcasts which allude to all the ways in which an editor will be able to tell (from as early as page one, even paragraphy one) whether they want to keep on reading. Because of this I'm having some degree of pacing paranoia - I don't want to get right into certain things on page one or two but I then worry that when handing over a story to an editor, having had nothing published, they're going to want to see plot, character and setting right off the bat. I realise that when you submit to an editor, you submit page one only. Then, based on that, they might ask for chapter one. So, that in mind, should a first novel be a little more straight-to-the-point than subsequent novels (where we assume, for arguments sake, that the first gets published).