Every once in a while an opportunity drops into your lap that is too perfect. There I’ve jinxed it already. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I want to tell you about an upcoming pitch opportunity that I am going to be attending.
The Book Doctors; Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, are hosting a Pitchapalooza at the Montclair Public Library in Montclair NJ on Sunday October 25th at 2:00 PM. Not only am I excited to see them in action (I am admittedly a fanboy of these two publishing rockstars) but they are going to be as close to my hometown as I can reasonably expect! JERSEY ROCKS!
I will be going, both to pitch my own work and to support some other writer friends who will pitching theirs. If you are on the fence about going let me explain why you need to be there.
Not only is Pitchapalooza an opportunity to pitch your own work, it is an event where you get to hear other book pitches. One of the things that makes breaking into publishing so hard is that we rarely see or hear the work of others until after it is drafted, rewritten, scrubbed, primped, polished, torched, reborn and edited. When you are in a room full of writers pitching their work you can hear first hand some of the things that are working and some things which still need work.
Here is the other reason you should go to Pitchapalooza; It works! I previously featured Gloria Chao and her experience winning this event. You should also read Ylonda Gault Caviness’ story about her book and her experience with Pitchapalooza. Her memoir CHILD PLEASE emerged after winning Pitchapalooza with a pitch for a parenting book, and then working with Arielle.
If you decide to go to Pitchapalooza, hit me up! I’ll be going with a few other writer friends and I am always interested in meeting more folks on their publishing journey. I’ll also be writing about my experience at the event and sharing it here on Novel Pitch! If you are interested in sharing your experience there and your pitch, let me know.
Montclair Public Library, Montclair NJ
Sunday October 25th, 2:00 PM