Readers' Guide to PageToFame
- What is PageToFame?
- How does it work?
- What’s cool about PageToFame?
- What are Top WEbook Scouts or Expert Raters?
- Does it cost anything?
- What is the role of publishing professionals?
- What determines which submissions are elevated?
- What makes PageToFame unique?
- How does WEbook prevent raters from giving biased ratings?
- What if I’m not interested in reading some topics or types of writing?
- How will top-rated ‘Shorts’ be distributed online?
What is PageToFame?
- PageToFame is devoted to discovering tomorrow’s writers by tapping into the greatest resource in the book world-passionate readers. In addition to hearing the opinions of many passionate readers, writers benefit from the participation and feedback of leading literary agents and other publishing pros.
- If you love reading, PageToFame offers an unprecedented opportunity to help new writers rise to the top-so put on your “book critic” hat and see if you can spot the next best-seller. Rate short works or first pages of books, and find out what others think. You’ll even get the chance to compare your opinion to the pros’: famous writers, publishers, and established literary agents. Rating on PageToFame is fun, easy, and absolutely addictive.
How does it work?
- Tell us what you’re interested in reading, and we’ll show you opening book pages, five-page book samples*, or short stories.
- Rate the work on a 5-point scale, and find out how your score compares to other readers. For works that are longer than one page, you’ll have the opportunity to give authors more in-depth feedback on their writing.
- Author details are hidden while you rate. This approach delivers real market feedback and prevents bias and the possibility of submissions rising to the top through “lobbying.”
*Five-page samples will only be available to readers who have already rated at least 15 other works on PageToFame.
- Your ratings—and the ratings of your fellow readers—determine which pages get “elevated” to the next round.
- Popular books go through three rounds—after the first page, writers submit the first five pages, then 50 pages. Your ratings let literary agents and publishers know what real readers want to see on the shelves.
- The final round ("50-Page Challenge") is judged by a panel of expert raters, and winners are promoted to a pool of literary agents who are eager to find the next bestseller on PageToFame!
What’s cool about PageToFame?
- Find out instantly whether you have your finger on the pulse of the reading public, or if you march to the beat of your own drum. As soon as you enter your rating, you’ll see what other readers think. If a publishing pro rated a work you rated, you can also compare your opinion their evaluation.
- Your ratings determine which books rise through the rounds and get in front of the literary agents and publishing pros. The endorsement of real readers like you proves to the publishing pros that a book or story has the potential to succeed in the market. This could lead to contracts, publishing deals, and worldwide digital distribution for authors that you supported.
What are Top WEbook Scouts or Expert Raters?
- Top Scouts and Expert Raters are readers who are great at predicting which books and short works will be successful on PageToFame. (And which won’t!)
- You can earn points towards becoming a Top Scout and/or Expert Rater for: 1) A high volume of quality rating activity; 2) Ratings that are close to each submission’s final overall rating; and 3) Ratings that are similar to those of the publishing pros. Rating like the pros gives you the most points, so even if you go against the grain of a submission’s popularity, you’ll be recognized for your good judgment.
- Expert Raters are raters who have accumulated enough points to rate Round 3 manuscript samples. They decide which 50-page samples get passed on to the literary agent judges, who choose the final Round 3 winners. The Top Scouts program is not fully active, however, Round 3 rating activity will contribute points towards a higher Top Scouts’ ranking when the program is launched.
- Although Top Scout honors are not active during the beta phase, we have been collecting data from your first ratings —so when the program launches, you will earn points for the good predictions you‘ve been making from day one.
Does it cost anything?
- No, PageToFame is now completely free!
What is the role of publishing professionals?
What determines which submissions are elevated?
- The short answer: Your ratings.
- The long answer: PageToFame uses statistical analysis to determine whether a writer’s submission to PageToFame meets our threshold for market appeal. This analysis is objective, and uses only reader ratings to score submissions during early rounds.
- Ratings data is continually evaluated, and when a submission does not receive the necessary high ratings, it’s removed from the process.
- First pages and 5-page samples of books that make the cut are elevated to the next round after a set number of ratings. Each time a book gets elevated, a publishing pro reviews the writing. You can compare your rating to the professional’s opinion, but during early rounds this evaluation does not determine which books climb the ranks—only reader ratings do that.
- 50-page samples of books are judged by a select panel of expert raters. Winners of Round 3 are promoted to a large group of literary agents who are eager to find the next bestseller on PageToFame!
What makes PageToFame unique?
- PageToFame is fair and anonymous: Authors details are hidden from readers while rating, and particular submissions cannot be searched.
- PageToFame is friendly to readers: It starts with just one page, or with a short story of under 1000 words. You get to see what others think right after you rate—it’s addictive and fun!
- PageToFame is an ongoing process: Rather than having specific submission and voting deadlines, writers can submit to PageToFame at any time.
- It’s not relative: PageToFame gives honors to all writing that meet our threshold for high ratings and market appeal—whether that’s 1% or 100% of submissions.
- PageToFame leads to legitimate, commercial publishing: High ratings prove to literary agents and publishers that writing has market appeal, which gives writers a great advantage in getting a publishing deal or finding their ideal audience beyond the printed page.
How does WEbook prevent raters from giving biased ratings?
- WEbook employs multiple methods to make sure that PageToFame results are fair and accurate. To start, readers are shown submissions randomly and are unable to search for a specific submission.
What if I’m not interested in reading some topics or types of writing?
- You tell PageToFame what kind of writing you want to rate, and we do our best to match you with submissions you’re interested in. Despite our best efforts, however, you may sometimes be shown a submission that just isn’t up your alley.
- If this happens, please give a rating based on your honest opinion of the submission. After you submit your rating, you’ll be given an opportunity to tell us whether you weren’t interested in the topic/genre. Based on this feedback, we’ll be able to better match submissions to your interests over time.