By Kathryn Lilley
[Update: We had a great response by Brave Pens and reached our max of 30 submissions, so we're not taking more at this time. Stay tuned to this blog as we do the critiques that came in!]
Jim's Sunday post about first-page blunders inspired an idea: We're going to do some first-page critiques here on the blog! You can send us the first page of your manuscript (anonymously, of course!), and we'll critique it. Sound good?
Here's how it will work: Send the first page of your manuscript (and title) as a Word attachment to the email address killzoneblog at gmail dot com. (We'll take the first 30 "first pages" we receive this go round, first come first served.) The pages will be divvied up among
I think this will be lots of fun, and hopefully helpful! I remember right before I found an agent, I got the first 30 pages of my manuscript critiqued by the P.J. Parrish sisters (I won the critique during an auction at Sleuthfest). Their comments were hugely helpful--I made a list of the comments and went back through my ms, applying the comments throughout. After I did that draft, I landed an agent and publishing contract in very short order.
It was also the first time I'd had "real world" feedback about my writing. Until that critique, my only input had come from my writing group and creative writing courses--all good feedback, but I was yearning for input from people who toil in the workaday publishing trenches.
So I'm looking forward to reading some of your pages! Let us know how you like the exercise, and we'll probably do it again!