Writing...remember that? With various illnesses and general life stuff getting in the way I haven't got much done recently. I have however been working madly polishing the first 25 pages of Storm Warning for the Four Seasons contest.
Tonight I printed out the score sheet and marked myself :) I did pretty well, although I realise how unobjective I am about my own story. I think these days you need between 97-100% to final.
Presentation and mechanics
Now after working on my baby I think I've got most of these licked (how immodest). But I've listened to lots of advice, upped my pacing but kept the necessary descriptive details, made my character motivation clearer, used hooks and kept narrative and author intrusion to a minimum.
But it is hard to get everything just right in the first 25 pages because you don't want to reveal too much and have nothing to divulge later in the book--you need to maintain a certain amount of mystery to keep the reader interested. True??
Now I wish Michele Bidelspach from Warner Books and Barbara Collins Rosenberg from The Rosenberg Group would just take me on trust and have me send them the full manuscript, but I guess I'll have to be judged and weighed like everybody else. :)