I recently had an author ask if she could be critiqued for a First Page Friday, but not have it posted on my blog. I've also been asked a lot of questions about Ms. Shreditor and what my point is with First Page Fridays. Because of this, I thought I would take a few minutes today to explain why I started this on my blog.
I was at a conference where there was a panel of national agents and editors. They all said the same thing---that if a manuscript hasn't caught their attention by the first page they reject it. They wanted to see fresh and original writing that drew them in, and of course, one free of typos and grammar errors.
As I talked to my writer friends and my editor friends, we all came to the same conclusion---everyone wanted a clean first page that would appeal to editors and agents. (Of course it goes without saying that we all want a clean manuscript, but for this purpose, first pages fit.)
So, I asked my national editor friend if she could critique first pages that were submitted to my blog to help writers achieve their publishing dreams. With my friend's job schedule at a publishing company on the East Coast being so tight, she could only critique on Fridays and so First Page Friday was born. We affectionately named her Ms. Shreditor because she is a tough but fair editor and I knew she would do great.
Along the way, we had some wonderful experiences and we felt like we were really helping writers on their journey, but Ms. Shreditor's job schedule got even tighter and so I asked my former editor, Angela Eschler, if she could come on board. She was more than happy to take the last Friday of every month.
I have been so blessed to have both of these women critique for First Page Friday. They both have different styles and approaches, but I know them both to be incredible editors and very good at their jobs. Ms. Shreditor is known for her talent in the publishing industry and really does love her job. Angela Eschler is well-known for her editing services and now has her own editing business called Eschler Editing.
First Page Friday is about helping writers and we have two of the best editors around to do that. If you want to submit your work to be critiqued by some of the best in the business, all you have to do is submit your double-spaced, 12 pt. font, first page to firstname.lastname@example.org with First Page Friday in the subject line. I do it on a first come first served basis, and right now we have one opening in January available. But no matter when you are critiqued, in my opinion, they are well worth the wait.
First Page Fridays have taught me so much. Even as a published writer I am always learning and both of our editors have given me a lot to think about as I've read their critiques each Friday. I hope it has been the same for you.
I want to thank everyone who submits because it's a hard thing to put yourself out there and have your work critiqued. I want to thank everyone who reads the submission and makes comments for being respectful. And I want to thank our amazing editors for giving of their time to help us writers be the best we can be.
So what are you waiting for? Get your submission in today!