Quote Originally Posted by HapiSofi
Okay. So three people don't read all submissions. Do 40%-60% of their submissions get rejected after the reader's scanned the first few pages, then done a quick check further on to see whether the book had an anomalous first chapter? Do they undertake to say anything other than "yes" or "no" to 97% of their submissions?
All manuscripts are read ONCE (at least) in their entirety. Just because a manuscript has a weak beginning or something, doesn't mean the story doesn't have potential.

All manuscripts get commented on by (at least) the first reader. The comments include a synopsis of the story and comments on what the reader did and/or didn't like about the story. (slow here, character development, etc.)

Only if the 1st reader liked the story enough to suggest it be read again soes it go up the ladder for other readings.