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Slush Pile Workshop #8

With Writing Show host Paula B.

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Welcome to The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop!

This 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.

Here are the submissions for Slush Pile Workshop #8:

Azusa  Pulp Noir meets Urban Fantasy.  A young woman finds she has the unwelcome gift of physically traveling to alternate realities when she dreams, only to get stuck in one particularly unsavory world, though not with the gifts she needs to survive.

The Good Guy's Guide To Getting Girls  Lad lit (humorous contemporary fiction).   In “The Good Guy's Guide to Getting Girls”, Jason Smith, 29 and self confessed good guy, has finally managed to break up with Liz, his girl friend of five years. However now that he’s free, it seems that sexy single girls, the “Melanie Jacksons” of this world, are in short supply. Until that is, fuelled by cheap lager and the desire to drag his life from the doldrums, he places an ad in the local paper, and advertises his services as a “glamour photographer”…

The Judas Syndrome   Science fiction.   Joel and his friends are on the verge of graduation and excited and optimistic about their futures. But when they return from a camping trip in the remote woodlands to find themselves faced with a post-apocalyptic world, their daily lives acquire burdens and terrors hitherto unexperienced.

Apparition   Paranormal novel.  A ghost is caught between the world of the living and the world of the dead. She cannot fully experience either. Her attempts to contact her family frighten them. Will the key to her moving on have to do with finding out why she died?

Host: Paula B.
Date: December 5, 2010
Running time: 45:46
File size: 22 megabytes
Rating: G