In five years, Pitchapalooza has drawn thousands of people into bookstores, writing conferences and book festivals all over the country. It works like this: Anyone with an idea for a book has the chance to pitch it to a panel of judges. But they get only one minute.
On September 28th, book authors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry team up with fellow authors Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark for Litquake's Pitchapalooza. Proceeds to benefit the Litquake Literary Festival 2010.
The judging panel will critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapaloozas are educational and entertaining for one and all. All attendees come away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry.
At the end of each Pitchapalooza, the judges come together to pick a winner. The winner receives a half hour consultation with Eckstut and Sterry. From Miami to Portland, from LA to NYC, and many stops along the way, Pitchapaloozas have consistently drawn standing-room-only crowds, press and blog coverage, and the kind of bookstore buzz reserved for celebrity authors.
Arielle Eckstut is an agent-at-large at the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, as well as author of seven books, including "The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It...Successfully."
David Henry Sterry is the author of 12 books on a wide variety of subjects, and co-author, with his wife Arielle Eckstut, of "The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published." His first memoir has been optioned by Showtime.
Sam Barry is co-author with his wife, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, of "Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now" about writing and publishing. Kathi and Sam also write a monthly advice column for BookPage, "The Author Enablers."
Kathi Kamen Goldmark is co-author of Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now, and is also a musician and founder of the all-author garage band, the Rock Bottom Remainders.
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