Not sure why your manuscript isn’t quite working? Finished your draft, but unsure how to begin polishing for submission? Or maybe you’re almost ready to submit your manuscript to Carina Press but just can’t quite bring yourself to press send.
Here at Carina we’re always looking for ways to give feedback to new and aspiring authors, because personalized pass letters aren’t something we can do for every submission. In the past, we’ve offered feedback opportunities such as #carinapitch, kamikaze cold reads, contest judging and others, but now we’re launching a new opportunity for authors with unpublished work.
Please review the Official Rules here. (Don’t be scared. Official language required by legal team. All other fun, interesting language authored by the editors, and we’re not at all scary!)
Everyone always tells you that the opening page of your manuscript is essential; a riveting opening truly immerses a reader in your story. A good first page can create tension, provide insight into your main characters, and make readers need to see where your story ends up. But no one will ever tell you how to get there, or tell you why you’re not quite getting there. We’re here for you!
This first-page critique sweepstakes is a chance for you to receive honest and constructive feedback from a Carina Press editor. Feedback that we promise won’t be mean—we’re not looking to be Simon Cowell here, or impress our friends with our wit, we’re just looking to give you insight into the editorial thought process while giving you what solid feedback we can at the same time. Send us your first page, and we’ll randomly select three submissions to critique on our blog. If you’ve never had your work critiqued before (or even if you have), don’t worry! Our goal is to help you by not only pointing out what might not be working, but by also letting you know what you’ve gotten right and how to bring that out and really make it shine. In other words, we’re friendly!
How it works:
Before you begin:
Good luck, and we look forward to reading your submissions!
The Carina Press Editors