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Slush Pile Survivor Podcast 

Bi-weekly Podcasts posted on Tuesdays

Welcome to Slush Pile Survivor! A podcast dedicated to teaching writers how to master the 3 Pillars of Storytelling in order to draft and pitch a killer manuscript that grabs an agent and editor's attention.  


Hosted by Certified SG Editor, Agency Relations Assistant, and Writer Abigail K. Perry, each episode features a new story and writer / story nerd guest each week to talk about writing and pitching page-turning stories. Together, Abigail and her guest study the episode’s selected story through the lens of character, plot, and theme in order to write a better story—and how that story might make a great comparable title for a similar genre or idea—capable of surviving an agent's or editor's slushpile. The goal here is to grab and maintain an agent's or editor’s (and future reader's!) attention. Mastering the 3 Storytelling Pillars can do this, and understanding how the 3 Pillars thrived in a potential comp can exercise captivating marketing strategies. 

What are the 3 Pillars of Storytelling?

Mastering these will create a story that hooks agents, editors, and readers.

Understanding how these make a story beloved will pinpoint page-turning elements to simplify the comparable title search.

There are several story elements that elevate a story's quality and a writer's unique voice and style, but nothing more than a story that masters the 3 Pillars of Storytelling: Character, Plot, and Theme. Mastering these will determine the difference between a book readers want to read and the one they forget. Abigail has designed three rules to measure the pillars in order to teach writers how to perfect them. 

The 3 Pillars of Storytelling 

1) Prescriptive or Cautionary tales tethered to a protagonist’s Wants, Desires, and Fears, and how these WDFs motivate the character to act, react, and ultimately change. (CHARACTER)

2) Follows genre expectations driven by the story’s external or internal stakes, and structured in a way that communicates primal experiences without creating cookie-cutter moments that limit structure to a formula. (PLOT) 

3) Explore timeless components of the human condition not restricted by unique, inimitable qualities of geography, climate, gender, race, culture, etc. (although these can be applied). (THEME)

Introductory Episodes (Ep 1-4)

First episode coming in June 2019!

Ep1: The 3 Pillars of Storytelling.


This episodes defines what the 3 Pillars of Storytelling are--and how knowing these helps writers master story and identify the best comps to use in their query letter or pitch. 


Ep2: What are comparable titles and why are they important?

What is a comparable title and how do we find one(s) that best model(s) our story? Why are finding the right comps helpful--but not necessary--when querying agents and editors? Why can understanding how the 3 Pillars thrived in a potential comp help you write the same story but different?


Ep3: Why we need stories—both readers and writers—and how we’ll never get sick of them.


Ep4: Where the title Slushpile Survivor came from and how you can become one


Chat with Abigail 



"Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity."

—  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie