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Apr 11 2012 7:00 pm
Apr 11 2012 8:00 pm
Described as “American Idol for books (only without Simon),” this workshop/contest is designed to help writers sell their books to publishers. Participating authors get one minute to make their pitch, then receive a detailed critique from Eckstut and Sterry, co-founders of The Book Doctors, and guest panelists. To sign up, purchase of the book is required. Judges - in addition to Arielle and David - will be announced closer to the event.
WHAT: Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only without
Simon). Twenty writers (only 20) will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each
writer gets one minute—and only one minute!
In the last month, three
writers have gotten publishing deals as a result of participating in
WHO: Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company dedicated to helping authors get their books published. They are also co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It, and Market It… Successfully (Workman, 2010). Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for 18 years at The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. She is also the author of seven books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 12 books, on a wide variety of subject including memoir, sports, YA fiction and reference. They have taught their workshop on how to get published everywhere from Stanford University to Smith College. They have appeared everywhere from The New York Times to NPR’s Morning Edition to USA Today.
HOW: At Pitchapalooza, judges will help you improve your pitch, not tell you how bad it is. Judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapalooza is educational and entertaining for one and all.
PRIZE: At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book.
PRICE OF ADMISSION: To sign up to pitch, you must purchase a copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published from Politics & Prose. We will compile of list of potential pitchers on the night of the event. Anyone who buys a copy of the book receives a FREE 20 minute consultation, a $100 value. If you don’t want to pitch, the event is FREE.
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