A huge part of the publishing journey is trying to get my work in front of the agents who will connect with my story. As many writers say, there is no one way to do this. Keeping that in mind as I navigate this crazy world, I try and take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.
Recently, I entered a contest hosted by freelance editor and story consultant, Lara Willard. This contest was based solely on the 70th page of a manuscript. Hence the #Pg70Pit hashtag. The theory is that the 70th page is far enough in that things should really be moving and some think it’s a better example of the entire book’s style than the first page. Many savvy readers have adopted this test to decide which books they’re going to pick up next.
Today, I found out I’m one of the winners of this year’s contest! I’m thrilled to be included with so many great writers. The contest had a lot of fun features, like codenames derived from poetry (mine was Annabel Lee) and a seven-word description of our main characters (picking up on the 7 theme yet?). If you’re dying of curiosity and want to see the 70th page from my novel, SECRETS BELOW, you can read the entry here.