Although I don’t have a finished manuscript and therefore, won’t be submitting pages, I thought it would be an interesting experience to see how the other writers fare and to observe candid feedback from an agent, up close and personal.
What wasn’t clear when I registered for this session was that the attendees (including those of us just auditing), would be provided the same excerpts that the agent will receive and we’d be asked to critique them.
I got my package today and there are eight synopses with ten page excerpts each. While I feel fairly comfortable offering critique and noting things that I think the writers have done well as well as noting things that could be stronger, I have one excerpt that has me a little stumped.
These are all people I don’t know – that’s actually helpful. I have the feeling that one of the submissions may have been written by an adolescent. There are problems. There are significant problems, up to and including very poor grammar and many, many misspelled words. I’m not sure what to do with this. To make note of every mistake feels cruel, but this person has paid to attend this conference and paid an additional fee for this critique from a