The brand new Page 99 Test website came out just a few days ago and it’s very nice.
Published or unpublished writers can upload the 99th page of their manuscript and have it critiqued. Readers (or publishers and literary agents) can read the page and determine
1. Whether or not they would want to turn the page and keep reading,
2. How likely they would be the buy the book,
3. What thoughts or critiques they would give to the author of that page.
Seems like a lot of weight to place on just one page, but that’s the beauty of the test. Reading a random page from a book is a good indication of how the rest of the book will be. It’s better than trying to determine a book’s worth from its cover art or the blurbs on the back and inside covers.
I would definitely make use of this website after I get my writing revised and deem it good enough to submit. As a matter of fact, I turned to page 99 of a novel I wrote where I had numbered the pages (usually I type each chapter into a separate Word document) with the intent of putting it up on the site, but my page 99 was one of those strange ones with only two lines on the page. Meh.
Anyway – take a bit of time to review a few page 99s and let me know what you think of the site. Would you submit your page 99s? Thanks for reading! 🙂