03 July 2008

First Lines and Hookability

If you haven't heard of Miss Snark, then you are a deeply deprived person. Go right now and check out her Snarkives which, even though she is no longer actively blogging, contain an absolute treasure trove of information on the writing business.

And although she is no longer blogging, the dear Miss Snark has spawned a great many spin off blogs - one of which belongs to Authoress, owner of the Miss Snark's First Victim blog. Over the next few weeks, she's running a second Are You Hooked? competition - and the rules are easy. When submissions open (circa July 14), email in your first 250 words of any story. Once the entry period is over, each entry will be posted in a separate post, and readers of the blog will comment on each post. As an added bonus, Authoress has managed to snag a real-life, honest-to-goodness agent who will also read and critique each opening.

Entry is free, you don't have to have a complete manuscript to enter, and all that's asked is that you give feedback on everyone else's beginnings if you get feedback on yours. What have you got to lose?

If you're feeling like you need a bit of a warm up, this thread over on Critique Circle is for posting entries to for preliminary help with polishing and feedbacky-ness. And our very own Liana Brooks is hosting a first paragraph 'competition' on her blog as we speak as a warm up for your first 250 words :)

Free feedback, from an agent no less. You can't pass that up every day ;)


Just_Me said...

Waves! Come visit we're having fun sorting through some fantastic first lines. I love reading them.... some of them have made me cry because the author says "Well, I only have three chapters so far..."

Oh! The pain! I see good books and they aren't even queried yet, let alone published so I can add to my horde.

(shakes head in dismay)

Well, come on, what's your pick-up line?

Beth said...

*Is excited about contest* I can't wait to see what Secret Agent has to say about what I've written! *gulp*

Seriously, I'm afraid for all of us who only have a few chapters. What if the agent asks one of us for more?? *HUGE GULP*

*tries not to spread mass hysteria and panic*

Inkblot said...

I'm excited, too :)

Bethy, I'm sure all will be fine. The competition is being run on the understanding the unfinished projects are allowed, so I don't think (sadly) that we need to stress too much about our work being picked up ;)

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