In reviewing some of the recent posts of blogs that I follow regularly, I came across a fun contest! The 3rd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge! The contest is hosted by literary agent Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown Ltd.
It sounds like a lot of fun and may also help to motivate you to better something you've already written and put aside, or something that you are currently working on. The idea is to send in the first paragraph of your work for the chance to win a query critique, partial manuscript critique or a phone consultation! How awesome would that be for those of us who are aspiring to be published?
Of course, I must also give credit to the blog that I accidentally came upon that referred me to this contest. Natalie Whipple is last years winner AND is now represented by Nathan! Just a quick peek at her blog and I became a follower. She's got some helpful information posted there. It's always great to read about the worries and struggles of a published writer so us newbies know we aren't alone.
I'm going to re-vamp a couple of my first paragraphs and see what happens. Even though my novel(s) are nowhere near completion, it would be neat to win and get some priceless advice from a real literary agent! And who knows...maybe they'll realize that you are a keeper.
Do you think you've got what it takes?