Ok, I am growing more intrigued with this site all the time. PageToFame is like an ongoing writing contest. Basically, you submit a 1-2 sentence synopsis and your first page. Readers rate these first pages on a scale from 1-5 (I've been rating quite a bit, and looking at all these first pages -- like an agent would -- is educational in its own right). There are four rounds. If enough people like your first page, you submit your first chapter, then the first 50 pages, then the entire book. When your story is elevated in each round, it's reviewed by a literary agent for its merit.
I have a lot of questions about how this site is going to work out, and about the role of literary agents. But I do think the idea of using reader responses on the website to determine the marketability of a work is interesting (although I wonder how self-selecting the reader database is, as well). Despite my doubts, I'm intrigued. I like looking at other's first pages, and I'm curious how my own will do.
Yes, yes. I have the first page of Shards up there.
The site is still in beta mode, and it costs $5 to enter the contest. But, dear readers, I have a coupon code to share with you. Use coupon code mediabistro01 to receive a FREE entry.
It's worth checking out. And if you run across Shards, be kind. ;)