Crime Bake changing up ‘Meet the Agents’ with Page One critiques

One of the most popular panels as Crime Bake every year is the Saturday afternoon “Meet the Agents” panel.

The panels usually play to a packed room. Make that two packed rooms. And it’s no wonder — every writer who doesn’t have an agent wants to know the secret formula, wants to hear that little hint or secret that will open the golden door.

This year, Crime Bake is changing it up. Not only will attendees get to hear the agents’ words of wisdom, but also get to hear the first page of their novel either praised or eviscerated.

Anyone who has attended Crime Bake even once knows how important that first page is. Agents, flooded with queries and submissions, won’t read any farther if it’s no good. Or even if it’s good but not great. Sometimes even if it’s great but not gripping. You get the idea.

So this first-page read fest should be a wild time.

Here’s how it’s going to work (ripped fresh from the Crime Bake website):

This is a highly interactive session where all writers, including those who have agents and those who do not, can learn what it takes to get agents and editors to read past Page One.

We’re doing this session a little differently than we have in the past. Here’s the description.


  1. In a single brief session, agents and editors will introduce themselves.
  2. Agents and editors will split into two groups in two separate rooms. Audience members can follow to whichever group most interests them.
  3. Audience members can bring the first half page from a manuscript or work in progress. As many of these as time permits will be read aloud, after which agents and editors render their verdicts: Would I keep reading? Why or why not?

So be sure to bring those first pages to Crime Bake. Say what? You haven’t registered yet? What are you waiting for? That’s the biggest mystery of all. There aren’t many spots left, so go to Now.

About Maureen Milliken

Maureen Milliken is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series. Follow her on Twitter at @mmilliken47 and like her Facebook page at Maureen Milliken mysteries. Sign up for email updates at She hosts the podcast Crime&Stuff with her sister Rebecca Milliken.
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