Slushpile Standouts: episode four

Slushpile Standouts: examples from a slush pile; how to avoid the slush pile

 

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

In our fourth YouTube episode, three Darling Axe editors read the first pages of several manuscripts and pose the question: would you turn the page? 

[New format: Michelle Barker and Tara Gilboy join David Brown for a Zoom discussion of six submissions.]

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.

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1 comment

  • The most specifically helpful video I’ve seen; you guys should do these more often. I always enjoy the agent interviews but this was like being behind the scenes. Great information.

    Matt

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