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Slush Pile Workshop #25

With Writing Show host Paula B.

Download and listen to Slush Pile Workshop #25 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 #25:

Witch Hunter   Fantasy.   In a world where civilians live in constant fear of witches, a young boy is forced into a bloody profession by those who he thinks are his saviours. As he ventures down the path of vengeance, he discovers the truth, and feels compelled to re-evaluate all that he had believed in and right a most grievous wrong.

Despair  Fantasy.   When Conor's sister disappears, there are many questions that aren't being answered. Unable to let this stand, he goes to the only person he can think of for help, a man called Despair, a tracker-for hire.

The Midnight Chronicles: The Weird Case of Mrs Etherington-Strange  Children's fantasy. When Bethany moves to Windy Falls and into a new house, she doesn't know anything about the weird woman who once lived there or the mysterious cloud that hangs over the gloomy village. Being a born explorer, Bethany seeks the answers to a host of strange events and discovers a magical world in a very unexpected place. She finds a witch in a magical kitchen who teaches her how to cast spells of her own, but is Mrs Etherington-Strange everything she appears to be?

Host: Paula B.
Date: April 7, 2012
Running time: 01:02:58
File size: 30 megabytes
Rating: G