One of the organizations I belong to… “Sisters in Crime”, is co-hostessing an event with “Mystery Writers of America” this coming Wednesday called “Author Idol” The three agents on the panel will provide feedback on what makes them stop reading a manuscript submitted for consideration. Here’s how it’s going to work:
…each author who wants to participate will place the first three pages of their novel in a box
…a ‘reader’ will randomly select one of the stories, and begin reading
…when any of the three agents hears something that would make them put the manuscript aside, they will ring their bell. The reader continues the story.
…a bell ringing from a second agent halts the reading
…the agents will then share with the audience the why behind their decision to place the manuscript in the rejection pile.
This exercise is going to prove very useful to every author in the audience, whether they submitted three pages for the event or not. It should certainly help all of us hone those opening pages to hook an agent or publisher into reading further.
I’m really looking forward to attending!