“…Eileen empha­sized the crucial elements needed in our first paragraphs and first pages to draw inter­est from agents and editors. Through her editing, critiquing and teach­ings, I went on to devel­op an awesome opening for my debut novel that gained high praise from Publisher’s Weekly and Children’s Literature Review.” (read full testi­mo­ni­al)

—Crystal Allen, Published Chapter Book Author

Submit Your First 5 pages

So you’ve written or at least start­ed a chapter book, middle grade or young adult novel and you want to see if you are headed in the right direc­tion. Perhaps you’ve vetted your work with your critique group or with family and friends and would now like a profes­sion­al opinion before you move forward.

I’m sure you’ve heard many times how your first paragraph, your first page, must capture your reader’s atten­tion and if you can’t get past an editor or agent, the chance is slim that your story will reach your target audience.

Get Started

You can submit, by email, the first 5 pages of your:

  • Chapter book
  • Middle grade novel
  • Young adult novel

For picture books, see Picture Book Critiques.

This option allows you to test out your first pages to see if they spark inter­est. Might an editor or agent be intrigued enough to ask for the rest of the manuscript? In addition, you and I will talk about your evolv­ing plot or story line and the style, tone, and sound of your writing in relation to your target audience.

Critiques for this option are done by phone. Send your first 5‑pages via the submis­sion form. Once I receive every­thing, I will confirm by email with a due date for your critique. In additions, if you have any specif­ic concerns about your manuscript (your concept or execu­tion of that concept), feel free to include in the comments section.

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Thanks for your interest in F1rst Pages.
Acceptance of new submissions is currently on hiatus while we attend to our backlog of existing submissions.

Please refer to Kid (& YA) Book Revisions until further notice.