Spring has Sprung
As the Ides of March recede into our rearview mirror, the cherry blossoms bloom and the tulips poke their heads out after a long hibernation. The Book Doctors have just returned from an exhilarating, exhausting, and altogether magical trip to that great flyby kingdom called The Midwest.
Our first stop was Wichita, the Paris of Central Kansas. Despite the No Gun sign hanging at the entrance of our hotel, people are just so nice in Wichita. Our four-year-old commented on how everyone says Sir and Ma’am. We met some fantastic writers at the Kansas Writers Association Conference and ate some outrageous steak.
Next up, Kansas City. We were lucky enough to hook up with last year’s winner, Genn Albin, whose book Crewel will be released in October. So many exciting things are happening to her, and we couldn’t be tickled pinker. Once again, we had the best of hosts at Rainy Day Books where we held another super fun Pitchapalooza, as well as a great workshop.
Then it was onto New Orleans, for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. We fell in love all over again, with the street musicians, the silver human statues, the beads, and of course the food. Shrimp with grits, pork swimming in sweet succulence, beignets and bananas foster, turtle soup and alligator gumbo. The festival itself was beautifully run, and we heard scores of brilliant pitches, many of which featured New Orleans herself as a main character. We even had a man pitch in a mask and a kilt. And no one even seemed to notice.
World Literary Cafe Online Pitchapalooza
We are delighted to be teaming up with World Literary Cafe for another Online Pitchapalooza. From April 15 to May 15, submit your 200-word pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will receive an introduction to an agent or editor appropriate for their work. And of course, anyone who buys a copy of our book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published will receive a free 20-minute consultation.
May 2-5, Miami Dade College Miami, FL
May 14, 7PM, Watchung Books, Montclair, NJ,
June 2, Books and Books, Westhampton Beach, NY
June 22, Malaprops Bookstore, Asheville, NC
June 23, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
July 12, 7PM, Darien Public Library, Darien, CT
July 19, 7 PM, Book Towne, Manasquan, NJ
July 28, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
August 5-10, Cape Cod Writer’s Festival, Hyannis, MA
August 15-24, Alaska tour
August 31-September 1, Spellbinders International Conference, Oahu, HI
October 19-20, James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA
Check out the great article about our DC Pitchapalooza in The Washington Post!