I’ve often talked here about writing: story structure, character development, conflict, action, dialogue, revision, editing — the elements of craft and style. Now I’m going give you a taste of how editorial review works. By giving you the chance to submit the first page of your manuscript for critique here on the blog.
Here’s the deal:
I’m teaming up with my friend Ann Aubrey Hanson (AKA Snart) to offer up to five people a first-page critique. I’m an author and have taught writing courses at the University of California and workshops in the US, England, and Europe. Ann is a writer and editor who has also taught fiction writing at the UCSD Extension program as well as in writing workshops in the US. She’s a veteran journalist, newspaper editor, experienced freelance editor, and writing coach.
Here’s how it works:
Submit the first page of your manuscript — 400 words maximum. We post the selected entries along with our critiques both here and on Ann’s blog, The Writing Itch.
If you want to participate, email me the first page of your manuscript. Ann and I will choose 1-5 submissions from the first 20 entries.
Email your first page in the body of the email. That means: don’t send it as an attachment. Put the text in the email.
Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject line: CRITIQUE [Title]
We’ll post critiques of the chosen pages anonymously. The writers’ names will not be posted. However, readers will be able to comment on each post, and if the author wants to jump in and identify him or herself, that will be fine.
UPDATE: We have a full complement of entries, so the submission period is closed. Thanks to everybody who sent a first page — we’ll let you know when critiques are posted.