What is Pitchapalooza?
WHAT: Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only kinder and gentler). Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute! Dozens of writers have gone from talented amateurs to professionally-published authors as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza, including Raul the Third, Ylonda Gault, Stacy McAnulty, Judith Fertig, Gloria Chao, Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu.
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 co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It, and Market It… Successfully (Workman, 2015). Arielle has been a literary agent for over 25 years at The Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. She is the author of ten books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David is the best-selling author of 16 books. His first book was translated into 10 languages; his latest book was featured on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review. They’ve taught at Stanford University, Indiana University, Smith College, and other institutions. Some of the publications they have appeared in include The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
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. 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.
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.
What people are saying about Pitchapalooza:
“We came to Pitchapalooza with an idea and six months later we got a book deal with a prominent publisher. We simply couldn’t have done this without this opportunity and without David and Arielle. We had been working on this project for several years on our own and struggling without any guidance. We were really discouraged by the entire process. Winning Pitchapalooza, and working with these The Book Doctors, really helped us focus and renew our enthusiasm for the project. And now we’re going to be published authors!”—Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, Pitchapalooza
What people are saying about The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published:
“I started with nothing but an idea, and then I bought this book. Soon I had an A-list agent, a near six-figure advance, and multiple TV deals in the works. Buy it and memorize it. This little tome is the quiet secret of rockstar authors.”—New York Times best-selling author Timothy Ferris, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.
You wrote your 50,000 words (or got pretty close!). Now what? The tenth annual NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza gives you a chance to get feedback on your pitch. The winner will receive an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her manuscript.
Nano Nation delivered yet another batch of pulse-pounding pitches. What story intrigues you? What pitch would prod you from the couch to the bookstore? The pitch that receives the most votes by 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 1, 2019 will be awarded the Fan Favorite. Vote now!
You wrote your 50,000 words (or got pretty close!). Now what? The ninth annual NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza gives you a chance to get feedback on your pitch. The winner will receive an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her manuscript.
The Fire Under the Mountain by Kirstie Ellen
Meritocracy by Michael Sherrin
EAST SIDE STORY by Elizabeth Wilder
Expect The Unexpected by Denisa Stefania Stoian
The Twilight Stone by Fiona Kehoe
Northern Souls by Georgiana Derwent