Slushpile Standouts: episode one

Slushpile Standouts: episode one

Think you have what it takes to climb out of the slush pile?

In our debut YouTube video, two Darling Axe editors read the first pages of several manuscripts and pose the question: would you turn the page? 

Acquisitions editors, literary agents, and writing contest screeners are often faced with a large slush pile: a heap of manuscripts that must be quickly assessed. What makes one manuscript stand out from the next? What snags and red flags will land your work in the bin rather than on the shortlist? 

 

Seeking participants for future episodes

It's not easy to receive feedback, especially in a public forum. As such, authors' names and manuscript titles will not be given... so there's nothing to fear. Go out on a limb, take a chance, and see if your first page has what it takes!

For more information about having your manuscript included, send us a note: editors@darlingaxe.com.

About the Darling Axe

We are professional editors as well as award-winning writers. We understand the intense effort and emotional investment you have poured into your work. It's our job to help you take your manuscript to the next level.



Work with a professional fiction editor from the Darling Axe: manuscript development and book editing services



Darling Axe Academy – Query Quest: a self-paced querying course

Darling Axe Academy – Best-laid plans: a self-paced outlining course

Book a sample edit with a professional fiction editor from the Darling Axe: manuscript development and book editing services

Related Posts

First Page Challenge 2021—3rd place winner:
First Page Challenge 2021—3rd place winner: "Trees, Monsters, and a Ship"
High overhead, the constellation Hydra reconfigured her stars, craning her neck for a better view.
Read More
First Page Challenge – 2021 Finalists
First Page Challenge – 2021 Finalists
Here are the winners along with a quick word about each from our judge.
Read More
Book Broker – an interview with Stefanie Molina
Book Broker – an interview with Stefanie Molina
The two things that get me once I start reading a sample are a strong personality and a hook that comes in quickly.
Read More