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As for the whole one page ratings, I've submitted one, and haven't rated any yet as I'm pretty new to this site. Personally I don't think 250 words is enough. My prologue alone is around 800, so what am I supposed to do? Put a tiny exert from my prologue? What happens when I make it to the next round and I've got enough space to put in my entire prologue? People will read it and think 'wow I've read this before'.
PTF needs a serious overhaul; last year, I submitted two PTF entries and got five ratings on each within 48 hours, although they weren't very constructive responses. Now I've gotten one rating in the past week. A few things I wish would change about it is if we could choose what entry we want to rate instead of them arbitrarily giving us an entry in a genre - another writer's website I belong to has the option to choose what work you want to read, and even has filters for new submissions, submissions from your favorite writers, submissions from authors being published, and submissions within a certain word count, in addition to filtering by genre and most/least critiques. Not only that, but even before you post a critique of someone else's work on this website, you get to see what other people have said about it. For example, if you notice something about someone's work but someone else has already gone into great depth about it, you don't have to waste time explaining. You can just say "I believe that ______ has already discussed this in depth, but I also agree with that." I HATE coming off as sounding redundant.
Anyway, I've just completed my FIRST PTF rating in a while and, as usual, went for the 'something else' to explain my rating. REALLY hate how little space you get... especially when you want to leave tips for possible improvement that the author might actually find helpful! :(
What genre are your submissions? I've decided to make time to go and rate some subs at least every-other-day. I hadn't realised quite how slow the ratings had got on there.
I'll be honest, I haven't rated Page to Fame for a while, and I really should.
The thing is, I find the first round a bit hit and miss. The word count isn't really enough to get a feel for the style of writing, people have previously marked me down for perfectly good spellings because I'm a Brit, and unless you open with something ridiculously dramatic, no one seems to think it's 'a hook' - which doesn't work with every plot line or writing style.
I prefer to participate in the monthly challenges instead, where feedback isn't anonymous (so people tend to be a lot more courteous with their feedback), reviewers have more space to write their comments, and authors can ask questions about why 'such and such' has been said, explain their country of origin/differences in spellings (if need be) and generally get a better feedback experience.
That said, I KNOW that Page to Fame will be getting an overhaul at some point, so it definitely isn't dead-in-the-water... just in limbo.
Really hope you get the feedback you want soon. And according to the last Blog post, there are some exciting updates to the site planned over the next few months... so hang on in there! You never know, it might have to do with Page to Fame.