December 4, 2010

Page 99 Test – Read & Rate Writers Online

Page 99 Test is an application that can help writers gauge what a wide audience of people think of their work. With minimal effort, aspiring authors can upload one page of text from their latest novel—ideally page 99—to be read and reviewed by strangers online. These online reviewers, then, get the chance to decide based on reading that single page whether or not they’d be interested in reading further and checking out the entire book.

How you use Page 99 Test will depend on whether you’re a writer, a reader, or both. To submit your writing to be read by others on the site, just create a display name, choose a password, and upload your page. The app asks writers to put in some basic information, such as the book title, author name, publication status, and genre. Once your page is uploaded, you’ll begin receiving notices whenever other users offer feedback on your work. For writers who’ve got more than one book in the pipeline, Page 99 Test lets you upload up to three pages for a maximum of 30 days at a time. Although your page will be taken down from the front end of the site after that 30-day mark is hit, you can continue to login and review the feedback that was left by other users for as long as you wish.

To check out what other people are posting on the site, just click “Start Reading.” You can choose to read selections from your favorite genres, or sit back and let Page 99 Test bring up a randomly generated page for you to check out. Once you’ve read the page, select “Yes! I would turn the page” or “No, I wouldn’t turn the page” and type in a few sentences letting the author how you made your decision. Page 99 Test keeps the details of the writers as private as possible before the review has been made, helping to ensure honestly and provide anonymity for people who’d rather not have their identity shared with the world.

Practical Uses:

  • Get honest opinions about the quality of your writing
  • Find out if how your book would sell if it were published in the future
  • Offer advice and insight to aspiring novelists
  • Improve your writing by using the feedback from online reviewers

Insider Tips:

  • Users can upload up to three pages for people to review
  • Pages stay online 30 days
  • View the percentage of users who clicked ” Yes! I would turn the page”
  • Make a revision to an uploaded page to see how that impacts reader response
  • Find out whether the book has been published after submitting your review

What we liked:

  • Page 99 Test is free and easy to sign up for
  • Writers can quickly assess the likelihood of their book getting published
  • Reviews are completely unbiased, since the authors’ identities remain private
  • Users can find new books to buy based on the uploaded passages
  • Authors can assess how their page is doing when compared to others in the genre

What we didn’t like:

  • Some writers might be easily discouraged when discovering that online readers don’t like their books


  • None

Company Info:

  • Launched: October 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Founded by: Joanna Wiebe and Lance Jones
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. Sam

    I already see that the anonymity of the Page 99 test on the side of the reviewer is a problem. Reviewers should have some accountability for the feedback, with at minimum their credentials and a link to their profile with contact info. Otherwise we have a bunch of snarky, failed, snobbish editors panning the work of self-publishers to get their kicks for the day. I say failed, because a successful editor doesn’t have any time to participate in such foolishness.

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