Working at Scholastic has given me a whole new perspective on first pages. I've read submissions, both from agented and unagented writers, and I've seen how editors react to different first pages. I've started to see what does and doesn't work and I've been jotting down trends in terms of how writers begin their stories. Armed with this knowledge, I've decided to start a new tradition of first page critiques on this blog. Here's how it works:
~Anyone (that means you) who wants a first page critique can email me with 250 (or so) words of a manuscript pasted into the email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
~I will critique the page and post it on my blog (you may remain anonymous if you so choose).
~Other people can comment with suggestions.
~There may be an agent/editor critique involved if I can get ten people to submit first pages.
I really hope somebody wants a critique, because I love reading other writers' work! Happy July 11, and I'll be back in a couple days with more exciting news from Scholastic!
P.S. Since Scholastic publishes Harry Potter, everyone who works there gets to attend an early screening of the last movie :).