Pitchapalooza: Writers Start Your Pitching

It’s a clever idea, and one that only authors and Montclair residents Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry could have come up with.

The two are hosting a book pitching fest they’ve dubbed “Pitchapalooza” this Thursday night in NYC in conjunction with the launch of their new book, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.

“Think American Idol for books – without the Simon,” Eckstut said in an e-mail.

In addition to the “nut-and-bolts” guidance offered in their book, Eckstut and Sterry are actually giving writers a shot at getting their manuscript published at the event. Contestants will have the opportunity to go up in front of a panel of expert judges to work their best pitch. But they only get one minute to do it. That one minute, though, could mean the difference between aspiring writer and published author.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to pitch in front of some of the industry’s top professionals and to get their constructive criticism.” Eckstut said. “And who knows, you might even land an agent or a book deal while you’re at it!”

Maybe, just maybe. The panel’s impressive with judging by both authors, one of whom (Eckstut) is also a literary agent; Larry Kirshbaum, Founder of LIK Literary Management and former CEO and Chairman of the Time Warner Book Group; Jen Bergstrom, Editor-in-Chief of Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster; and Bob Miller, Publisher of Workman Publishing.

And if not, you’ll be able to get your copy of The Essential Guide, which instructs on how to craft that perfect pitch – for next time. Plus, the book offers insider tips, a resource guide and advice on creating a selling proposal, finding the right agent, and devising a blockbuster title.

It all goes down this Thursday so start polishing those pitches, people.

Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
150 East 86th Street at Lexington Ave.
New York, New York

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