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Slush Pile Workshop #17

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 #17:

Penelope  Steampunk/Alternate-historical Fantasy Orphaned under mysterious circumstances and without any living kin, Michael is taken in by Penelope, his former step-mother's sister, who unexpectedly introduces him to a world of mystery, mad science and magic.

The Forever Girl  Contemporary fantasy. The voices in Sophia Parsons' mind threaten to drive her mad, and the one person who knows the secret behind the curse wants Sophia dead.

Simplifying the Dusk  Literature   A young law graduate's attempt to write the great American novel amidst the clutter of the 21st century.

Host: Paula B.
Date: July 14, 2011
Running time: 01:03:47
File size: 30 megabytes
Rating: G