PageToFame Guide to Using PageToFame

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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, PageToFame writers benefit from the participation and feedback of leading publishing pros —like literary agents, editors, and more.
  • If you’ve written a book, or you just have a few pages, submit your 1st page, and readers rate it. The best book openings will move through multiple rounds and earn the attention of publishing pros.
  • If you love reading, PageToFame offers an unprecedented opportunity to help great new writers rise to the top—so put on your “book critic” hat and see if you can spot the next best-seller. Rate first pages of books and find out what others think.

Who Submits to PageToFame?

If you’ve always known that you have a story inside you waiting to be written, PageToFame will put your ideas and skills to the test of public opinion.

Does it cost anything?

  • No! Reading and rating is free. 

Who is behind it?

  • PageToFame is powered by WEbook, the fastest-growing community of writers on the Web. An emerging force in the publishing industry, WEbook is recognized by The New York Times, Publishers Marketplace, BBC News, The Washington Post, and more. Read about WEbook in the press.
  • WEbook is also home to AgentInbox, the cutting-edge tool that connects top-notch literary agents with the hottest new writing talent. John Corey Whaley was the first author to find an agent through AgentInbox and land a great publishing deal with Simon & Schuster. Find out more about AgentInbox

Who owns the rights to my work?

  • You do. All PageToFame authors retain copyright, ownership, and complete control over their writing.
  • PageToFame will never publish, share, or distribute your work without your permission—and you can remove your writing from PageToFame at any time.
  • You are not obligated to publish your work with anyone associated with PageToFame, or to be represented by participating literary agents.
  • You can do anything you want with your writing both during and after PageToFame ratings—including looking for literary agents and publishers on your own.
  • Participation in PageToFame is not publication. You are not giving up “exclusive first rights” (or any other rights) to your work by getting rated on PageToFame.

Is my work safe from plagiarism?

  • When you submit your writing to PageToFame, it is shown to readers who will evaluate its potential. Any time you share your writing, whether on the internet or in print, it is possible that someone might copy it without your permission. With PageToFame this risk is minimized because it will not appear in search engines or to the casual public, and readers select their genre interests, but are randomly presented with individual submissions.
  • As an additional protection against plagiarism, PageToFame submissions cannot be copied from a web browser using simple cut or copy and paste.
  • Authors of full-length books can rest assured that raters will evaluate a limited sample of your writing, and never have access to a complete work.
  • 50-page Round 3 samples are displayed as protected PDFs (i.e., contents cannot be copied and pasted) and rated only by a select, trusted panel of expert raters who sign a confidentiality agreement and agree not to discuss the samples they judge.
  • Authors can choose to remove their work at any time, and keep full ownership and rights to their work. In the unlikely event that your work is stolen, you have the same legal rights as any author, and having your work appear on WEbook may help you prove that it belongs to you. 

What makes PageToFame unique?

  • PageToFame is fair and anonymous: Author details are hidden from readers during the rating process, and particular submissions cannot be searched.
  • PageToFame is friendly to readers: It starts with just one page. It’s addictive, fun, and your page starts getting votes right after you submit.
  • 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. 

How does WEbook prevent raters from giving biased ratings?

  • PageToFame is designed to discover great books and short works that will make a splash in the literary world. To make sure that PageToFame results are fair and accurate, we discourage authors from attempting to influence the ratings.
  • Readers are shown submissions randomly and are unable to search for a specific submission. We use multiple screening methods to discard biased or “gamed” ratings. Users who violate PageToFame’s policies may be banned from the site. For more information about rating rules, check out section 9C in the WEbook Terms of Use.
  • If you give permission, your fans—readers who rate your work 4 or 5—can share your work via Facebook, Twitter, or email, but in order to avoid “campaigns” that can unfairly skew results, the ratings of people who discover a work through sharing won’t count toward elevation.
  • Rest assured that if your submission makes it, readers and publishing professionals will know that the results are meaningful. Winning full-length books will have a real shot at a successful publishing deal, and top short submissions will find their perfect audience online.
  • We encourage you to invite your friends to rate on PageToFame—the more people get involved, the more attention top-rated submissions will get—but you can’t invite people to rate your submission specifically.

I just submitted my work, and I don’t see any ratings yet. When will I find out what readers think of my work?

  • To prevent fraud and make sure ratings results are accurate and consistent, PageToFame verifies all ratings before they are posted. This process takes about 72 hours. If you recently submitted a first page or a short work, and you don’t see any ratings, this does not mean that no one has rated your work! Reader ratings will appear within a few days.

Can my PageToFame fans spread the word about my work?

  • It’s up to you. When you create a submission, you decide whether readers can share your work on Facebook, Twitter, or via email. You can change this setting at any time.
  • Only your biggest fans—readers who rate your work 4 or 5—have the option of sharing it while rating it.  Later on, other readers & fans can share your work & stats from your submission’s book page.  You’ll find out how many readers share your work, and how many people discover you through sharing—so you can watch your writing go viral!
  • Rest assured—your PageToFame submission cannot be copied from a web browser using cut or copy and paste. Find out more about how PageToFame protects you from plagiarism here.
  • In order to avoid “campaigns” that can unfairly skew results, the ratings of people who discover a work through sharing won’t count toward elevation.

How does PageToFame ‘Full-length’ work?

  • PageToFame ‘Full-length’ is for authors working on book-length works of fiction or non-fiction. Start by submitting an engaging summary and your book’s 1st page. Readers rate submissions in genres that match their interests.
  • If enough readers give high ratings to your short summary and opening page, it passes to Round 2. You have up to 2 months to submit your first five pages to Round 2.
  • Writers who make it to Round 3 submit their first 50 pages within 3 months.
  • Submissions that make it to Round 3 are judged by a panel of expert raters who have proven their skill at evaluating PageToFame submissions, both by rating similarly to publishing professionals, and by consistently predicting which works would make it to the top.
  • Round 3 winners will take part in our Literary Agent Showcase, and be promoted to a wide pool of literary agents who are eager to find the next bestseller on PageToFame.
  • Winners get a shot at being picked up by a literary agent who will help secure a publishing contract.

How can I benefit from PageToFame ‘Full-Length’?

  • If your work is a hit, you’ll get great exposure, and an unparalleled opportunity to make a splash in the publishing world.
  • You could get the attention of a literary agent and prove your book’s appeal to interested publishers and editors by showing them real data from a large pool of readers.
  • If you don’t make it to the final round, you get insight into how your work is perceived by a broad audience. Even if you don’t agree with your raters, the numbers may help you clarify your goals as a writer.
  • During each round of PageToFame, raters will be able provide additional feedback about the premise, characterization, and writing of your submission. This crowd-sourced feedback can prove invaluable as you make revisions. Watch a highlight video of PageToFame feedback.
  • From time to time, PageToFame runs contests that offer prizes to winning writers. Contests are announced on the PageToFame website and via email. In order to be eligible for a prize, you must submit within the posted deadlines.

What happens if readers like my work?

  • If readers like your short summary and 1st page, it passes to the next round and you will be invited to submit the first five pages for further rating. If you continue to get high marks, you will be asked to submit your first 50 pages. This sample will be evaluated by expert raters. Winners will take part in a Literary Agent Showcase, and be promoted to a wide pool of literary agents who are eager to find the next bestseller on PageToFame.

Why do I submit only one page of writing first?

  • While you can’t judge a book by its cover, readers are likely to have a good idea of whether they’re interested in reading more after reading a short summary and the 1st page. If readers like your basic idea—expressed in a quick, snappy summary—and the 1st page of writing, you’ll get the opportunity to submit a longer sample for more rating. PageToFame is an ideal proving ground for aspiring writers, and if you’re just starting out, data from reader ratings provides motivation as you develop your talent and ideas.

How are submissions scored?

  • PageToFame uses statistical analysis to evaluate rating data. This analysis is objective, and only uses reader ratings to score submissions.
  • During early rounds, submissions are not compared with one another, so scoring is non-competitive. Rounds do not begin or end at a set time, nor will all successful submissions move on to the next round at the same time. Instead, high-quality submissions will move on to the next round whenever they meet PageToFame’s threshold for market appeal.
  • Threshold: In determining the threshold, PageToFame applies statistical analysis that considers 4 and 5 ratings as a percentage of total ratings, giving more weight to ratings of 5. PageToFame also tracks how many readers click “not my genre” in order to make sure your work gets the most accurate evaluation possible, from readers who are interested in your genre of writing. The exact percentages of 4 and 5 ratings required to meet the threshold (as well as the relative weight of 4 versus 5), may shift as overall rating numbers grow. This calculation will be continually refined as we gain relevant experience in evaluating rating data.

When are submissions elevated to Round 2?

  • PageToFame rating is an ongoing process, and submissions are not elevated at a set time.
  • If your submission has less than 50 ratings: Regardless of your score, your submission will continue to be rated until it hits the 50 ratings mark.
  • If your submission has between 50 and 120 ratings: As ratings accrue, PageToFame tracks your score. If at any point, your submission fails to meet PageToFame’s threshold for high ratings, your page will be removed from rating.
  • If your submission has more than 120 ratings: If PageToFame’s statistical analysis determines that your page meets the threshold for high ratings, your work will be elevated! 
  • Submissions must receive at least 120 ratings before they are elevated, but some submissions may receive significantly more ratings. . The more ratings a page accumulates, the more accurate its score becomes.
  • Elevated writers are notified once a week—so even if you’ve received 120 ratings and 100% gave you a 5, it may take a few days to get the official news.

My first page got elevated to Round 2—what’s next?

  • Once your page is elevated, you have two months to submit the first five pages of your book (1000-1200 words). This includes the first page, but it’s okay to revise (you don’t have to start with exactly the same opening you submitted in Round 1).
  • Keep in mind that the readers who gave your first page high ratings are eager to see what’s next, so the sooner you can submit pages 1-5, the better. You’ll also have the option to submit an extended sample of up to 4000 words.

What if my first page doesn’t make it to the next round?

  • If your short summary and 1st page don't receive high enough ratings to advance to the next round, don't be discouraged. A Wrinkle in Time was rejected twenty-six times before being published. High ratings and public acclaim are encouraging for any writer, but you ultimately control the direction of your manuscript and the potential for its success.
  • Want more detailed feedback to make your book the best it can be? Start a WEbook project and connect with other writers who can help you improve your work. When you feel ready, you are welcome to submit your revised work to PageToFame.
  • You can also contact literary agents directly using our electronic query service, AgentInbox

What if I want to submit more than 1200 words to Round 2?

  • If your first page is elevated to Round 2, you have the option of submitting an extended 4000 word sample in addition to your first five pages. This extended sample should begin where your five-page (1000-1200-word) sample ends. If you do decide to submit more, readers choose whether they want to check it out after they’re done rating your first five pages.
  • Readers don't rate extended sample; however, PageToFame will track how many people read further, so you can find out how eager your fans are for more of your work.

How can I maximize my chances for success in Round 2?

  • Your submission must be between 1000 and 1200 words. Because you must hold your readers’ attention from start to finish, shorter may be better. We recommend submitting a sample closer to 1000 words.
  • If possible, end the submission in a moment of rising tension or conflict. Leave readers wanting more! If your book has a prologue, you may use some or all of it as your sample. However, if the prologue isn’t essential to the story, or if it doesn’t contain compelling action or conflict, consider starting your sample with Chapter 1.

When and how are Round 2 submissions elevated to Round 3?

  • Just like in Round 1, readers rate your first 5 pages; these ratings help determine whether you move on to Round 3.
  • As in Round 1, Round 2 submissions are not compared with one another, so scoring is non-competitive. The round does not begin or end at a set time, nor will all successful submissions move on to the next round at the same time. Instead, high-quality submissions will move on to the next round whenever they meet PageToFame’s threshold for market appeal.
  • Your five-page sample is shown to a minimum of 30 readers. PageToFame applies statistical analysis to voting patterns and uses reader ratings to score submissions. After your submission has received at least 30 ratings, data is evaluated on an ongoing basis. At any point after the first 30 ratings, if your submission fails to reach PageToFame’s threshold for high ratings, the sample will no longer be exposed to ratings.
  • Your submission will move on to Round 3 once it passes the minimum threshold for market appeal. Because Round 2 submissions are significantly longer than Round 1 submissions, they will likely require a different minimum number of ratings for elevation and/or a different elevation threshold than Round 1 submissions. *

*The Threshold for Round 1 elevation: At this time, the threshold for elevation from Round 1 to Round 2 can be reached any time after the first 100 ratings. In determining the threshold, PageToFame considers the relative percentage of 4 and 5 ratings and the overall rating numbers. PageToFame also tracks how many readers click “not my genre” in order to make sure your work gets the most accurate evaluation possible, from readers who are interested in your genre of writing. The exact percentages of 4 and 5 ratings required to meet the threshold (as well as the relative weight of 4 versus 5), may shift as overall rating numbers grow. This calculation will be continually refined as we gain relevant experience in evaluating rating data.

How does PageToFame handle the more extensive length of Round 3 Samples?

  • 5-page samples that receive high enough ratings are elevated to Round 3. Elevated Round 2 samples will be rated by publishing pros.
  • Elevated writers are invited to submit Round 3 samples. These samples will consist of about the first 50 pages of writing, and must be submitted within three months
  • The 50-page sample includes the first 5 pages, but it’s fine to revise—you don’t need to begin with the exact sample you used for Round 2.
  • 50-page samples are evaluated by a panel of expert raters who have proven their skill at evaluating PageToFame submissions, both by rating similarly to publishing professionals, and consistently predicting which works would make it to the top.
  • Winners of Round 3 take part in a Literary Agent Showcase where they’re promoted to a wide pool of literary agents who are eager to find the next bestseller on PageToFame.
  • Winners have a great shot at being picked up by a literary agent who will help secure a publishing contract. 

What is the Literary Agent Showcase?

  • Round 3 winners take part in a literary agent showcase where they’re promoted to a wide pool of literary agents who are eager to find the next bestseller on PageToFame. Winners get a shot at being picked up by a top-notch literary agent who will help secure a publishing contract for their book.