Episode 24 – Newbie Writers’ Podcast

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Episode 24
Newbie Writers’ Podcast – Slushed at the Pub!

Guest  Jesse Potash



We created PUBSLUSH because we know how difficult it can be to overcome the challenges associated with the publishing world. Authors like Stephen King, Dr. Seuss, James Baldwin, Vladimir Nabakov, and Beatrix Potter are just a few of the many prolific writers that faced rejection. Considering Peter Rabbit almost didn’t make it to publication doesn’t exactly speak to the strengths of the existing system, let alone inspire the confidence of hopeful writers.
With that said, rejection is often warranted and ensures the quality of content available. We merely seek to offer a unique platform for authors to prove their merit. We figured if enough people express interest in reading a book, then that’s good enough for us!
PUBSLUSH is named for the industry term, “the slush pile,” where unsolicited books are set aside. The idea is to read “slush” in hopes of finding something intriguing. However, as the industry evolves the system is becoming increasingly inefficient, and many great books are never even seen. What’s worse is that many great books are seen, but still fail to make it to publication because of bureaucratic complications. It begs the question, how many amazing books are out there that haven’t been discovered yet?
PUBSLUSH is our answer to aiding the existing talent discovery process. The idea is a direct tribute to JK Rowling, and the many other authors who struggled. We are also inspired by TOMS Shoes, who pioneered the one for one movement.

PUBSLUSH Press is full service, social publisher that uses crowd sourcing as the first step in the publication process to discover promising, unrepresented writing talent and gauge market viability of new book ideas. Readers decide what books get published, and for every book sold, a book is donated to a child in need. Using the power of social media and community support, PUBSLUSH ensures only high quality content is discovered and distributed, while authors benefit from ongoing support associated with a legacy publisher. PUBSLUSH is entirely about giving: giving a voice to aspiring authors, giving the power to decide what books get published to readers, and giving books to children without access to literature.

The PUBSLUSH process is simple:
1. Writers submit the best 10 pages and a summary of their manuscript. It’s free!
2. Users read, share, and support (aka preorder) their favorite submissions. They’re only charged if a book is selected for publication.
3. Once a book reaches 1,000 supporters, we publish it (ensuring only the best books get published)! PUBSLUSH provides all the services and support of a legacy publisher, at no cost to the author.
4. For every book sold, a book will be donated to a child in need.


I started working for a new client this week – Monday felt like  the first day of a new job.

What was your first job?  What was your first day on the job like?  Are there patterns to a new job?  Is the first day on the job similar to the first day of school?

Write about your first day on the job. What will you never do again, what surprised you?  Was there anything you regret?

Happy Writing!

Word of the week


World Wide Words

This word — meaning confused or disorderly and also secret or clandestine — was in the news recently, having been used to refer to a woman thief in New York who waits for men coming out of downtown bars, cuddles them and pinches their wallets. A similar usage is on record from Singapore in 2002, showing that journalistic catchword creation may know no geographic bounds but is limited in scope.
Though the origin of this curious expression is far from certain, one thing the experts are sure of is that the second half has no link with the term for someone who robs people in a public place.
More typical examples were in the Sunday Times in February 2006: “The only problem with a tropical paradise miles from the hugger-mugger, hurly-burly of the great grind is that it is cut off from news of the hugger-mugger, hurly-burly of the great grind.” and in the Daily Record in October that year: “They were the home front in the war against terror and anyone who objected must be an enemy of the state and hugger mugger with Osama Bin Laden.”
Hugger-mugger is a classic example of a reduplicated word, one in which its two halves are very closely similar in form. Some smaller dictionaries simply say “origin unknown”, but it’s known there were earlier forms that may have influenced each other to create it, including hucker-mucker, hoker-moker, hudder-mudder and Scots hudge-mudge. The two parts may be related to huddle and to a dialect term mucker, to hoard money or conceal things.
The original idea was of secrecy or concealment. The meaning of disorder or confusion came along later — as late as the nineteenth century as an adjective — but has largely overtaken the older one.

World Wide Words is copyright © Michael Quinion,

Bring out your dead

Excerpt from a Pubslush submission. Very much alive!

Being a biracial kid can be hard, especially when you have a name that screams, “I’m white,” and a face that screams, “I give manicures.” The first line out of the incredibly witty book, A beautiful Mess by Ali Berlinski, the literary lovechild of David Sedaris and Carrie Bradshaw. The book A beautiful Mess is a compilation of comedic yet sentimental essays about Ali’s very unconventional life. In it she talks about what it was like dating a celebrity and growing up in a family that is almost identical to the cast of modern family, except more multicultural, and trapped in a telenovela. It’s not everyday you meet someone with a gay-deaf brother. Clearly, her life is far from ordinary.

However, at the end of the day her problems are just like everyone else’s- divorced parents, single parents, parent issues, sibling rivalry, heartache, loss of a loved one, cancer, and yes, the ultimate cliché- finding happiness. Read her book and laugh at life’s misfortunes. Her life is a mess, but a beautiful one that’s sure to entertain!

A beautiful Mess is available exclusively at Pubslush. Preorder a copy today and discover the next hot book before all the hipsters catch wind! Plus, for every copy you buy, a book is donated to a charity supporting children’s literacy initiatives worldwide.
Here is an excerpt and this is the link to her page: http://www.pubslush.com/book/view/84

Sadly, my infrequent visits to New Jersey, coupled with Brian’s ability to read lips, made it easy for me to elude learning Sign Language. Not that my dad’s family made much of an effort either. To this day, my dad will sign the first letter of each word and shake it in the air as if that were the appropriate sign. Simultaneously, he’ll verbally say the words, making sure to stretch the pronunciation, the way one does when they think someone doesn’t speak English, “ARRRRRE YOOOOUU REEAAADDDYY?” Unable to differentiate whom he’s talking to, my father will not just do this to Brian, but all of us. Whereas my father obsesses over my brother’s deafness, I forget. Only when I jump out from behind hoping to scare him, do I remember. Nope. Nothing. Damn.
One of the great things about Sign Language is that it’s highly interpretive, and thus perfect for inside jokes. Like any other language, its subtleties allow for many comical misunderstandings. Take for instance the sign for “coffee,” which is ironically similar “to make out”. Both signs require two closed fists stacked on one another, the difference being a slight twist in the wrist for make out versus a circular motion for coffee. If I’m not careful, I’ll wake my brother up and ask him if he’d like to make out. After the second time, I’ve just started to ask him to make out. Regrettably, he always refuses.
I told this as an anecdote at a dinner party and had a girl ask, “Then what’s the sign for hand job?” moving her hands as if grinding a peppermill. Everyone at the party shrieked in horror.
“I’m not sure why you’re still giving hand jobs, but that is definitely not how you
give one.”
“That’s how you give someone an Indian burn.”


Shout outs:

Stauroylla Papadopou- @ stauroylla88 on twitter

Graham McArthur – @GrahamMcArthur on twitter.


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  • EditorProofer
    Posted on March 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Damien: “Apparently I’m an ordinary person.”


  • Damien
    Posted on March 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What!? One day I’m going to get in trouble. I can’t wait.

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