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Slush Pile Workshop #24

With author Tracy Marchini and Writing Show host Paula B.

Download and listen to Slush Pile Workshop #24 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.

This time, author and former agent's assistant Tracy Marchini joins Paula B. to offer feedback.

Tracy Marchini is a freelance writer and editorial consultant. Before launching her own editorial service, she worked for Curtis Brown, Ltd. for four years.  In this role, she developed and sold an original book concept for the Ogden Nash Estate (Line-Up For Yesterday), negotiated and sold audio rights, pitched merchandising ideas, gave editorial feedback on client and prospective manuscripts, and provided author care.

Her works include the middle grade Haunting at Heidelburgh Mansion: A Hot Ticket Short Story," the YA story "Effie at the Wedding," and "The Engine Driver," a dystopian YA story.

Her Web site is

Here are the submissions for Slush Pile Workshop #24:

Finding the Fleury Collection   Middle grade adventure. When Savannah discovers that her family's museum is failing financially, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Soon she finds herself caught up in lies that could lead to disastrous consequences both for her and for her family's museum.

"Showshoes"  Short story.

Friendly Fire   Fiction.  Many who have been deeply hurt by someone often say they would like a simple apology, but are the words "I'm sorry" really closure?

Host: Tracy Marchini and Paula B.
Date: March 10, 2012
Running time: 01:08:36
File size: 33 megabytes
Rating: G