STATUS: HOTEL still on the NYT Hardcover Bestseller list! Woot. This week tied for #15. I didn’t know that could happen.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? ROSANNA by Toto
One of blog readers left a comment about whether an agent has ever gotten to page 100 in a novel and then had the manuscript click into place.
I started chuckling; I couldn’t help it! I’m not trying to belittle the question.
I just wish that I could invite y’all to come to the office and read our slush pile for let’s say a month. Trust me, at the end of 30 days, you’ll get exactly what I’m about to say.
No agent is going to slog through a 100 pages in the hopes of a full manuscript coming together on page 100 or thereafter.
That’s the blunt truth.
We figure if something’s not working by page 20, it’s probably not going to happen. So much of the first 100 pages is so essential to a novel working to its completion. I can’t even fathom how the possibility might happen of a novel coming together so late in the writing. I guess theoretically it could happen…
Now, if I like an opening premise or some aspects of the writing and I’m leaning NO, I will sometimes skip ahead twenty pages and randomly read 5 pages together to see if something grabs me enough to continue reading.
But I can truthfully say that even though I’ve done that numerous times, it never resulted in my asking for a full.