Wednesday, January 16, 2013

January Secret Agent

Besides writing and revising like there's (another) apocalypse coming, I've been spying on writer's blogs like Miss Snark's First Victim to see what kind of trouble I can get myself into. I've known about her Secret Agent contests for a while, but have really hesitated to enter because it entails posting the first 250 words of your manuscript (essentially, the first page) online for public execution. So I lurked for a while to get a sense of the community, and slowly built up my courage, and this week... took the plunge.

If you'd like to read my first page, you'll find it here:

You're welcome to critique it if you like; pretty sure I have metal for skin at this point, so be honest. :)

And if you'd like to get a sense of my competition, and why it's so darn hard to get published, just browse the other entries. There are a lot of strong writers out there with amazing premises. I think luck might be the name of the game at this point.

UPDATE: I didn't end up getting a request from this contest, but the comments left are incredibly encouraging. Ten out of eleven would keep reading? Yes please. I also managed to catch the eye of two potential critique partners. That's quite a prize in itself!

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