This is an invitation for you to post a least one paragraph of your opening in the forum and subject it to some critical feedback. If you’re feeling brave, go to the forum page and look under the file:
On Writing, FAT (aka Faux Agent Thread)
The rules are at the top of page 2 of the thread. They are simple.
Post at least one paragraph of your novel’s opening (you can post up to 600 words) and then the rest of us will pretend we are literary agents reading the partial we requested from you.
Unlike a real agent (who would just send out a generic rejection letter) the faux agent will tell you exactly when (or if) they stopped reading. They will then explain specifically what caused them to reject your partial submission (grammar, cliché, etc.)
Submission Format: Yes, this is critical (both here and in the real world)
Chapter 1: (up to 600 words)
The main point of the thread is to get your book some attention and feedback. Our contributing faux agents are a diverse lot, so when it comes time to consider their advice, remember, caveat emptor.
If you take issue with something an agent said, or just want to start a debate or ask for additional feedback, go to the thread titled, “Faux agent water cooler” and post there.
Jack Cerro “The Nymph’s Heart”
Ps: If your post gets lost in the slush pile, or you want more feedback, just submit it again.
Pps: There is another version of this thread called, “If I were an agent, I’d stop reading now” That thread has been hijacked by trolls. (post there if you like)
I want to keep the focus of this thread on the authors, not the faux agents. You are also encouraged to put on your agent hat and give feedback.