SOMETHING NASTY IN THE SLUSHPILE


SOMETHING NASTY IN THE SLUSHPILE

COMPILED BY SAMMY LOOKER    Book Number: 84315    Product format: Hardback

"I am enclosing some chapters of one of my tales for your perusal. The various storylines make it a story within a story with further layers of narrative curling ever inwards like a nautilus shell. I would be honoured if you would allow me to bestow a new ambience on your corporation." Sammy Looker was Constable Publishing's long-serving slushpile reader. He joined the firm in 1923 and was still there four decades later, munching fish paste sandwiches while reading. Slushpile reading was, and remains, a job akin to panning for gold and writers like Roddy Doyle, J. K. Rowling and Philip Roth emerged from the heap. Travel Writer James Michener had once worked as a slushpile reader and had seen that submissions were sometimes poorly targeted, good ideas badly executed, some quite off beam or simply preposterous. Here is a book full of them for your enjoyment. "Thank you for your comments on the first three chapters of 'Lazy Days & Highs', although I am disappointed that you didn't want to see more. For your information, the sex really gets going later in the book. Would you like to see just a few more chapters?" It's done and dusted and you are about to take that irrevocable first step and send your proposal to the publisher, that maker or breaker of dreams, the first few chapters parcelled up with a pithy synopsis. But what about the covering letter? Dozens of fine examples, cartoon illus, 184pp.
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ISBN 9781472111029
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