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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I came across this website today and thought it was really interesting.

PageToFame lets readers choose tomorrow’s authors today. You rate book ideas and opening pages, then check out what other readers think of those opening pages. Watch as books rise to fame—or fall short. Readers’ ratings determine which books get the attention of participating literary agents —and a shot at getting published.

It's a pretty interesting way to get your book out there. Just thought I should let people know.

http://www.webook.com/home


message 2: by J. (new)

J. Guevara (jguevara) | 63 comments This is a good one Ashley. An American Idle for writers is how the mod puts it. It's $10, to submit but 50% discount now. which is good throughout the competition. I think the 5-bucks is to keep it down to serious applicants.
The judging can get addicting. first you enter the first page of your novel. Top ??? go on to first chapter, etc etc. just like 'American Idle'.
I volunteered to play the role of Simon on the judging panel. ROTF (I already know what you're thinkin')

j guevara

'American Idle' and 'Cheaters' are 2 stateside programs we get here. I only watch 'em to keep from getting homesick! lol


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh I didn't know you had to pay to submit, but you're right it's to weed out some people. I spent a good hour today reading and rating. It was really interesting.


message 4: by J. (new)

J. Guevara (jguevara) | 63 comments It sure drives home the importance of that first page. Reading all those entries makes it easy to see why editors don't bother with the other 500 pages. I also like that you can pick your genre. And after you vote it shows % of how many agreed -- or disagreed.
I found some really good ones. Now I gotta rewrite all my incredibly fantastic ass grabbin' suck first pages.


message 5: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1096 comments Mod
That's an interesting site, Ashley.

With all these reality competitions, I've always thought of something like that for writers.

It could breathe new life for unpublished novels that have been collecting dust in our drawers.


message 6: by Jaree (new)

Jaree Francis (metracity) | 52 comments Cool postings! To add to the batch, I write urban fiction and this is my site mcx2011.blogspot.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXX76O...

- Jay


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

I think it's great for doing just that Vince, you'd get so much feedback even if it is only for your first page.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Word of caution, Predators & Editors and others within the industry recommend 'never' pay to be read or reviewed. You can accomplish the same by participating in a writer's critique group.

Nor should literary agents charge a reading fee. It looks like one more way for someone to make a buck off of would-be writers by offering the hope of catching the eye of an agent or publisher.


message 9: by Alan (new)

Alan (coachmt) | 46 comments There are several other sites like that where it is free to post if you're interested in getting some feedback on your work.


message 10: by J. (new)

J. Guevara (jguevara) | 63 comments Right, and every high school student that wrote 'how I spent my summer vacation' is posted on it. Pay the $5. it's worth it not to have to weed through the nonsense.:-)

Critique Corner is free, with knowledgeable people but you have to review to get review, so if you offend anyone, which isn't hard to do with writers, it can get mean.

Harper Collins runs a site (Authonomy?)they claim the top one every month gets read by their editors. BS! You want to see massive writers fraud,check it out. Too bad 'cause there's some fantastic writers on it, but the cheating is out of control.
to be safe, always follow the crit sandwich principle. say something nice, then mild crit, and end with something nice. In other words, two slices of plain white bread with a big slab of bologna in between.:-)
j


message 11: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Cain (kimberlycain) | 9 comments @ j "...always follow the crit sandwich principle. say something nice, then mild crit, and end with something nice. In other words, two slices of plain white bread with a big slab of bologna in between.:-)"

Good analogy! And humorous, as usual. ;-)


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