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Slush Pile Workshop #23

With Writing Show host Paula B.

Download and listen to Slush Pile Workshop #23 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 #23:

Countermeasure   Romantic/Erotic Suspense. Failure is a bitter pill for Cassandra to swallow and she’s willing to risk it all to get what she wants even if it means joining forces with a cocky computer geek who could have the power to break her resolve to never fall in love.

The Crossroads at Forgotten Lake  Magic Realism.   A grief-stricken and somewhat neurotic Charlie Turner takes off on a road trip only to find himself literally stuck at the Midwest crossroads of Forgotten Lake, a seeming idyllic lakeside village where all roads lead back to the same crossroads and where the residents are not all from the same time period.

"Max"  Short Story. Supernatural.   A ghost from my past is a haunted memory that I could never forget.

Host: Paula B.
Date: January 17, 2012
Running time: 46:38
File size: 22 megabytes
Rating: PG (profanity)