So. I’m going to Fiction Fest a week from Saturday and I’m sending in the First Page of Glimmer Girls as part of a cold read they do there. A member of the Connecticut Chapter of RWA stands up and reads your first page in front of God and Everybody, but mostly Agents and Editors. Hopefully the person reading is a Good Reader, but I assume they won’t choose people who don’t read out loud well. At least it’s not me who is reading, because as we found out last weekend I read far to fast when in a large group. Michael Hauge had to ask me to slow down. AND read it twice. Argh.

I am very nervous. Let’s face it, I’m almost always nervous these days. Or maybe that’s just the caffeine I’m using to keep myself going. Probably both. Anyhow. Back on track here.

I’m once again asking you to pick your favorite first line. I know this must be getting old. Or maybe it isn’t? How would I know, I’m only the one asking the questions. But I’m not very good at picking the line that appeals to the most people so I really need your advice one more time. And not just your advice, I’m asking you not only to vote, but to also facebook, and retweet to get the word out. I’m really, really nervous here. (Read hopped up on caffeine and slightly insane.)

Am I begging? I think so.

By the way, I haven’t forgotten I’m choosing the winners of the two Amazon cards today. I just haven’t got to it yet. So check back. (Truthfully, I’ll send the winners emails so you don’t really HAVE to check  back, and I’ll probably post the winners on Thursday.)

So. Please, please, please! Vote, Tweet, Facebook, Pinterest – whatever – just do it. It’s good karma.

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Julie May 3, 2012 at 6:41 am

Voted and re-tweeted too! I like to read outloud, but don’t like to listen to OTHER people do it. Yes, I am a flaming narcissist. A self-loathing one, but still.

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JK Mahal May 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

I voted and retweeted. Hope that helps.

Reading your own work is hard. I’ve found that recording myself and listening to how I read helps. Break a leg on the first page cold read!

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Judy, Judy, Judy May 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I get very nervous in front of crowds. Dodge that kind of thing whenever I can. I voted!

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Delia May 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I’m no help. I speed read out loud. And then my mind is going faster than my mouth (hard to believe), so I stumble. Anywho, voted!

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Skye May 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I’m not so good at reading my own writing. Or at speaking (or reading) in front of a crowd. Put the two things together and ta da! Really bad. I turn bright red and I giggle. It’s unfortunate. perhaps I should take acting classes or speaking classes for someday when I have to read part of my novel at a book signing (why yes, I am practicing positive thinking!). You have my sympathies.

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Betty Fokker May 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Maybe if you try to read like an audio-book you’ve liked? That way you have something that “mimics” the reading speed you want, and you can try to match it when you are the one reading. I have no idea if that will work, but I wanted to try to be helpful.

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Kate May 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

It’s sure worth a try! That, and I need to breathe!

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