ANONYMOUS AUTHOR is NJRW’s way to give Editors and Agents the opportunity to listen to your work and possibly request your manuscript based on your writing. How many times have we all thought, “If only Editor/Agent X would just look at my manuscript?” Here’s your chance. Let your writing speak for itself.
We all know how important it is to make a good first impression. Manuscripts are no exception. Seasoned editors can usually tell from the very first page whether they’re holding a potential winner in their hands or just another candidate for the “reject” pile.
This is your big chance to find out what impression the first page of YOUR story makes with professional editors and agents.
The incomparable Anne Walradt, “The Voice of Romance” for the NJRW Golden Leaf awards ceremony, and published author and musical theater actress, RoseAnn DeFranco, will read aloud your first page (up to the first 200 words) of pre-submitted entries and the editors and agents will respond with on-the-spot, CANDID, UNCENSORED gut reactions.
Readings are “anonymous”—we will not identify the author or title of the manuscript. However, we strongly encourage you to include the market/genre (Ex: Paranormal, YA, Romantic Suspense, etc.). If an editor or agent requests a manuscript or partial as a result of the reading, you will be notified by the moderator after the session.
Here’s How to Participate in NJRW’s ANONYMOUS AUTHOR:
First, you must be a registered attendee of the conference to participate. Attach up to the 200 words from the first page of your manuscript (Note: the words “Chapter One” or “Prologue” do not count in the total) to an email with the subject line “NJRW ANONYMOUS AUTHOR Submission.” Send it to Kiersten Hallie Krum at firstname.lastname@example.org—be sure to include your contact information in the body of the email. (Please send first 200 words as a Microsoft Word attachment and format as follows: Double-spaced, in an industry-acceptable, READABLE font, or I’m going to roll my eyes and consign your entry to the bottom of the stack.)
Entries will be accepted after 5:00 AM on Monday, September 15th and up until 11:59 pm, September 30th. (If any entries are received prior to September 15th they will be rejected and invited to resubmit during the submission time.) Submissions will be numbered in the order they are received and will be read in that same order. Due to time constraints, we may be unable to read all the entries submitted, so get yours in sooner rather than later! This session may be taped as part of the conference program.
Remember—entries may be no more than the first 200 words from the first page of your manuscript! If any entries are longer, the moderator (me) will get to decide at what point Anne or RoseAnn stop reading instead of you. Please be mindful of that and make sure you stop in the place you believe will make the editors and agents beg for more!
Good luck to you all!
Kiersten Hallie Krum, Anonymous Author Chair