Miss Snark’s Crapometer

Thanks to the inimitable Miss Snark‘s Crapometer, I did squeeze some writing in yesterday! Just under 250 words of text, mind you, but new writing nonetheless.

What’s a Crapometer*? This is when an anonymous literary agent such as Miss Snark kindly invites writers to submit their hooks, queries, first pages, etc for her professional review. (Her legion of comment posters also bestow their pithy responses.)

I chose to do this for three reasons, enumerated here: (you know I love lists!)

1. I have a fledgling idea that I’d like to throw out there before writing 400 useless pages. (Yes, in the past I did write a 400 page monstrosity that failed because of the underlying plot, not because of the writing itself.)

2. I am toying with rewriting a previous story, and am curious to know whether or not impartial minds think I should bother. (No, not the plotless horror alluded to in #1. A story that finalled in a respected competition.)

3. Although I kicked myself for missing the first few Crapometers, I laughed and cried vicariously through the web site posts and determined to not let the chance slip by me again.

Since I want to get honest opinions from the crowd, I’m not going to mention which number/post I am on her site until after Miss Snark (and her snarklings) have had a chance to pass their judgments upon my 250 word hooks.

I’ll keep you posted!


* Also known as a “Crapstravaganza”


  1. Rashenbo - Reply

    🙂 Awesome. Sounds like some great reasons to me. I sent my own hook in. You’ll have to update us when yours gets posted.

  2. Southern Writer - Reply

    If you’d like to be part of a THANK YOU video for Miss Snark, send an e-mail to: redheartnovels@lesiavalentine.com

    Include: Your thank you – no more than 7 words

    A picture or avatar NOT in an attachment. Please don’t send a link to it. I will not have time to go look up everyone’s pic. If you don’t have one, that’s okay.

    I’ve spammed just about everyone (forgive me!) because not everyone’s e-mail address is available to me. If you know writers who would like to be part of this project, please pass the word, but let’s try to surprise her with it. Thank you for your indulgence. I really am sorry about the spam, but I didn’t want to leave you out if you wanted to be in!

  3. Jacqueline Barbour - Reply

    LOL, I think anyone willing to submit to Miss Snark is a glutton for punishment, though I confess to following the Crapometer with the combination of horror and glee I usually reserve for chain-reaction fender-benders on the freeway. Seems a bit like RWA Idol without Lucia Macro, LOL!

    I’m excited to find out how you do, however. Keep us posted!

  4. ERiCA - Reply

    Well, I think I’ll hold off on revising past books (ie WITNESS, etc) for the time being and move full steam ahead on new books (ie TAYLOR AND THE TOOTH FAIRY)

    After all, if Miss Snark likes the idea, what more can I ask for??? =)

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