A few months ago, Tom Lodge contacted me (or I contacted him; can’t remember) about his new site, The FrontList. Essentially, this site provides a free service whereby aspiring authors submit their prose and have it ranked by other writers. Each month, the cream of the crop will be placed — in dainty dish stylee — before agents and publishers who specialise in a given genre. How come it’s free? Well, writers are required to provide critiques before they can upload stuff themselves. Like any peer-review service, of course, you can get the occasional bizarreness, but since critiquing others’ work will almost certainly improve your own, this site looks like one that is worth a go.