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!