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Slush Pile Workshop #3

With Writing Show host Paula B.

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Welcome to The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop!

Our new podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B.  will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

You know how important it is to hook a prospective agent or publisher in your first couple of pages. If you send your work out before it’s ready, you could squander an important opportunity. Don’t risk it. Try your material out on us first—for free!

For each work, there will be two possible outcomes:

  1. We stop reading before we get to the end. If that happens, we’ll tell you why.
  2. We like it! If we were agents, we’d be asking to see more.

We invite you to enter The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop. You can find full rules here: More...


Here are the submissions for Slush Pile Workshop #3:

The Perfect Storm PDF version. Personal Essay. An evening is described in which a storm is brewing and a young girl and her mother take shelter in their rickety trailer and wait for the storm to pass. RTF version with comments.

Gail Bishop PDF version. Romance. A driven, single-minded businesswoman, bored with success, finds a new future with her easy-going ex at a romantic, seaside cottage.

The BSA PDF version. Chick Lit. Talented young English editor working for a New York publisher turns a dog of a manuscript by a BSA motorbike riding, bulldusting author into a blockbuster, but not before she is sacked for meddling. Trouble is, he now has to deliver four new books to fulfil his $5 million advance from the publisher and needs her magic back at any cost. But this girl, who has her own writing ambitions, has had enough and returned to the UK and will have to be wooed on her terms, which is by the pen.

Host: Paula B.
Date: May 2, 2010
Running time: 45:23
File size: 22 megabytes
Rating: G