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Slush Pile Workshop #14

With Writing Show host Paula B.

Download and listen to Slush Pile Workshop #14 here

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 #14:

After the Door Opened Fiction Henry and Lucy, two complete strangers, survive an act of violence so potent it connects them in ways beyond just their participation in a public tragedy. In the aftermath, they struggle to cope with their physical and mental scars, both old and new.

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Supernatural horror Ernie Pine has had experience with ghosts before. But when he attends a seance he thinks phony which turns out to be real he, Raissa the witch, an apprentice magician and an alcoholic Vietnam vetran find themselves all too literally wedged between the devil and the deep blue sea.

The 'View: If the Taj Majal was a Dairy Barn, Part 1 Contemporary/literary mosaic novel What does it take to kill a flea market overrun with bootleg merchandise, broken antiques, and food of questionable safety? Apparently, the stabbing death of an almost universally loathed knife seller is a good start.

Host: Paula B.
Date: May 18, 2011
Running time: 44:49
File size: 21 megabytes
Rating: PG (minor swearing)