Most writers are always looking for ways to improve their skills. Recently, thanks to an article in Freelance Writer's Report, I came across a technique new to me. It's called the "Page 99 Test," and, according to the text, "novelist Ford Madox Ford once said you can 'open the book to page 99 and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.'" In fact, a web site, www.page99test.com, allows an author to upload the 99th page of his/her book. Readers then comment on whether they would read the rest of the book or be inclined to purchase it.
Not only am I now reading page 99 of books in stores and libraries, but I'm definitely paying more attention to the midsection of everything I write.
In Franklin's House