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Something Nasty in the Slushpile

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A hilarious and salutary rummage through the perils of the publisher's slushpile

Most publishers keep a "slushpile"—the stack of unsolicited manuscripts which contains a large percentage of preposterous or frightening book proposals, which might just conceal that one jewel of a bestseller or classic novel lying near the bottom. Authors discovered via the slush pile include
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Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 2014 by Constable
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Terry Freedman
May 18, 2016 Terry Freedman rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-advice
There are plenty of books and blogs with information about how to pitch your book idea to a a publisher. This one takes the opposite approach: it shows you what not to say to a publisher.

There's something strangely reassuring about reading a book like this, as long as you haven't made similar embarassing mistakes: no matter how bad you are at pitching, it could hardly be worse than this lot.

Some themes start to emerge as you wince your way through the pages. For example, many writers seem to thi
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Naomi
Jan 23, 2016 Naomi rated it it was ok
Vaguely amusing, if cruel in places.

Including Anne Frank in a chapter about authors who experienced rejection but went on to see their literary works discovered in the slush pile is in extremely poor taste.
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Shelves: 2016
The only reason that this book was published was because it was written by publishers.
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