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Slush Pile Workshop #28

With Writing Show host Paula B.

Download and listen to Slush Pile Workshop #28 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 #28:

The Fate of Freedom   Middle Grade Fantasy.  The Fate of Freedom is about a couple kids who learn they are fictional characters, and their only link to reality is this book. They also discover an organization of fictional characters who have learned to travel between fictional universes.

Shadow of the Bloodlust  Science Fiction/Horror/Action.   In the gritty reality of the Arkarius' Slums, street urchin Anna Page ekes out a living the only way she knows how. However, when a priest who is not all he seems saves her life, she fulfils a purpose and the road to recovery is fraught with a new reality that stripped away everything she knows and replaces it with something far more terrifying.

Caught by the Storm  Historical Fiction.  New Zealand, 1841, the newest country in the world and the land is in ferment as the cultures of the indigenous Maori and the Europeans collide. But where does that leave the law of the land? This novel is based on the true story of Maketu Wharetotara, who was accused of the murder of a white family and faced the cost of keeping peace in a new and violent land.

Host: Paula B.
Date: June 30, 2012
Running time: 01:20:41
File size:   38 megabytes
Rating: PG (some violence and profanity)