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Give the first 1,000 words of your manuscript a professional once-over

It’s your first novel, you’ve poured your heart and soul into it. The last thing you want is for all those year’s of hard work to be rejected because of some easily fixed rookie error. Take a look at the article on the right, published on Medium. And if you agree with the sentiment, send me your first 1,000 pages and for £75 I’ll take a look and make sure it ticks all the right boxes.

How to get an agent to read your first novel, using the vacuum cleaner trick.

As a first time novelist trying to break in, what’s the worst thing that can happen to you?

This:

You spend years of your life pursuing your dream of writing a novel. Years of pain, sacrifice, denial, tears, agonising self-doubt, and perhaps a lot more alcohol than is good for you.

You send off the first three chapters to an agent. You start praying. And the agent (or her reader) is so overwhelmed with manuscripts to read that she just skims the first few paragraphs looking for red flags that justify her rejecting your work.

Read the rest and my other writing articles on the blog page

Pryce really is in a league of

his own—Time Out

Surreal, absurd and very

funny—THE TIMES

Marvelously imaginative…You’ll weep and laugh on the same page. Wonderful—GUARDIAN

Malcolm Pryce