1. Do you introduce the theme?
2. Do you have an inciting incident?
3. Do you set the stage for your story?
4. Does your main character cross a threshold?
5. Do you determine your point of view and narrative voice?
6. Do you clearly introduce your protagonist?
7. Do you have a lot of action?
Also, one of the most important issues and hardest to figure out, when getting your book ready, is having the right title. Authors can take weeks poring over the right title, but you'll know it when you hear or see it. Another concern is having a catchy hook. I remember Oprah once saying during one of her book club sessions that if the FIRST sentence of the book isn't exciting/compelling or intriguing, then more than half the time she would put the book back and choose another. The blurb or back cover summary is also the best chance you have to lure a new reader in, so make it amazing.
Starting with the weather or a dream or back story is not only cliche, but sorry ... boring!
Begin your book in the middle of action and it will hook the reader in.
In the beginning, I knew nothing of writing, except how to spelling well. I wrote my first books with excitement and naivety, only to discover the do's and don'ts of writing. Cliches should be banned from books because it shows the authors lack of imagination.
Here are some examples of cliches