Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Introducing #FirstPageImpressions!

Please extend a big welcome to...

#FirstPageImpressions is a brand-new Operation Awesome event! It is a sister event to #QueryFriday, in that winners will get a critique of - you guessed it - their first page.

The first page of your manuscript is the first sample of your writing that an agent receives, so you want to make sure that it's the best, most polished version of your work. #FirstPageImpressions will provide fresh eyes on your first page so you know just what that first impression is, because as we all know, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Our critique will focus on identifying ways to make your writing pop, as well as cleaning up any loose ends. And if we don't have anything to fix, we'll let you know!

#FirstPageImpressions will take place every other Tuesday. If it gets popular enough, we might increase the frequency, but that's up to you!


1.) You must comment on the #FirstPageImpressions post in order to enter, as well as comment on one other Operation Awesome blog post from that week. This will be checked, and failure to comment on another blog post will result in your entry being invalidated.

2.) If you are the winner, please make it easy to contact you. If you are not comfortable with leaving your email in your comment, then please make sure that your blogging profile has your contact information listed.

3.) Entry comments will be accepted until Thursday, 12 Noon, EST. The winner will be selected by a random number generator and announced Thursday evening in the comments section.

4.) Your critiqued first page will be returned to you via email in an attached document with notes in the margins within 7 days.

5.) If you have won a first page critique, you will not be eligible to win another until 3 months have passed. Critiques will not be done multiple times on the same first page. If you enter again, it must be with a new story. (If you have won a query critique from #QueryFriday, you are still eligible to win a first page critique.)

6.) First page means first 250 words, regardless of spacing. If this cuts off a sentence, use the last sentence that will put you below 250 words. We use the word count checker in Microsoft Word to verify this. If your entry is over 250 words, you will not receive feedback.

We're very excited to get this event started, and we hope you are too! If you have any questions or comments, please let us know, either in the comments of this post or on Twitter @OpAwesome6.


  1. This is a great idea! Thank you! parentingisfunny@gmail.com

  2. Thank you again for helping writers!

  3. What a great opportunity, thanks! Angelamariedambrosio@Gmail.com

  4. Would love to have feedback on my WIP> Thanks for providing this.

  5. Thank you for this great opportunity! cslc317 at gmail

  6. susan dalessandroMarch 20, 2019 at 6:01 AM

    would love to have feedback on my opening pages. Thank you!

  7. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

  8. Thank you for this opportunity. I love your site and all you do.


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