I’ve been doing revisions on my WIP, and it’s been going pretty well. I’ve been pleased with my changes, and pleased that I can detect at least some of the book’s flaws and fix them. Almost done! She said, for about the fifteenth time in the last two months.
Fresh from a chapter revise and thinking about a couple of workshops I went to at RWA nationals, I was casting about for a topic for today when I stumbled across this post on Writer Unboxed. I thought it was huge fun.
The poster, Ray Rhamey, has a regular feature on this blog called “Flog a Pro,” in which he posts the opening page of a best-selling novel and asks you, the blog reader, if you’d pay to read the first chapter. He’s got the math all worked out: if the book costs $15 and there’s 50 chapters, then each chapter costs 30 cents. Would you pay 30 cents to read the chapter?
He asks you to consider how strong the opening page is—would the narrative have hooked an agent if it came in from an unpublished writer? There’s a survey button there, you click your choice, and you get the results of all the blog readers so far. No spoiler alerts here, but just as an fyi, I voted with the majority.
After you see the results, Ray discusses for a bit why he thinks the page works or doesn’t. It’s a fun exercise to see if you agree—and it brought home some of the lessons from RWA, too.
If you followed the link and read Ray’s post, would you have bought that best-selling novel?
And now, back to revisions. Because I have no intention of letting Ray flog me.