Has anyone else played with PagetoFame? INTERN discovered it this morning via this Writer Beware post about electronic slush piles.
Basically, it's a game where writers submit the first page of their manuscript, which readers then rate on a scale from "Lousy" to "Heavenly". If a page gets enough "Heavenly" ratings, the author is allowed to submit their first chapter for the next round. If the first chapter does well, the author submits the first 50 pages. In the final round, a handful of authors are allowed to submit their complete manuscript, which are then "reviewed" by a literary agent (though what this review entails is unclear).
While INTERN is dubious about the "Fame" part of PagetoFame, clicking through a bunch of first pages (you choose the genre) is weirdly addictive. To INTERN, it felt just like kicking back on the red couch at Big Fancy Publishing Office, or sitting up straight at her Venny McP workstation, sifting through a pile of slush. If anyone out there is curious about what it's like to surf the slush, PagetoFame is it.
INTERN is somewhat tempted to experiment with this thing, but first she'll have to crank out a bunch of bogus first pages. Will report later!