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Slush Pile Workshop #11

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 #11:

The Chameleon Club  Upper Middle Grade Novel.When seventh grader, Howard Neidermeyer, begins receiving coded text messages on a mysterious cell phone, his life quickly unravels into a mess of chaos and frustration. As he follows the instructions contained in the codes he discovers he has been pulled into something much bigger than he could have imagined.

Midway  Science Fiction.  In the midst of interstellar war between Humanity and the insect-like Hashrati, a remote planet halfway between the warring races is discovered simultaneously by both sides. Marooned for life during a fierce orbital battle, Earth Forces survivors discover hope for peace among a mysterious, lost branch of the human race.

So, You Want to Be Happy?  Self-Help.  Every now and then a self-help book comes along that questions the very nature of happiness, shakes the very foundation of all the things you hold dear, and forces you to reconsider every assumption you've ever made. This isn't one of those books. So, You Want To Be Happy is a book for ordinary people. With ordinary lives. It's for people who have been ambling along and wondering why they're not - well - just that little bit happier. It's a book for most people. It's a book for you. Mumbo jumbo and jargon free, So, You Want to Be Happy is direct, practical, occasionally witty, and stuffed full of ways to make your life just that bit happier. If you've got a brain in your head, if you can pick up a pen, if you've got half an inkling about what makes you smile, So You Want To Be Happy will show you how to multiply those moments. So, do you want to be happy?

Host: Paula B.
Date: March 15, 2011
Running time: 51:32
File size: 25 megabytes
Rating: G