UPDATE: Ok, the results are in for that copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. After much deliberation (the judges truly had a hard time coming to a consensus) the person with the most polished pitch and the most salable story idea is…drum roll, please…billpatt.
We at Baristanet would love to see this story in print: “When the souls of damned labor lawyers unionized the oppressed demons of Hell, demons were given the right to vacation on Earth. Hilarity ensues.”
Congratulations billpatt! With your copy of The Essential Guide you are well on your way to realizing your dreams. All the rest of you keep working on those pitches. You have until Thursday to perfect them for Pitchapalooza.
In November, we left the cozy confines of Montclair and took our show on the road. From Miami Beach to Tinseltown, Steeltown to Stumptown, the Windy City all the way to the Big Apple, writers have pitched their books to us. In 1 minute. We’ve had everything from a 10-year-old girl to an 85-year-old immigrant, soccer moms to homeless dudes, doctors, lawyers, Goths and grannies.
We take it for granted that everyone in Montclair has already written a book, or plans to write one. But we didn’t realize exactly how much author mania has swept through America. In Naperville outside Chicago, 300 writers showed up at Anderson’s bookstore to pitch us their books. In tiny Chico, California over 200 people crammed into an art gallery to pitch us their books. In Huntington, Long Island, 200 writers showed up. As did the New York Times. We’ve seen America at its best: sometimes raw, sometimes polished; sometimes achingly beautiful sometimes ridiculously idiotic; sometimes hysterically funny and sometimes heartbreakingly sad. So we’re very curious to see, when we bring it back home, what Northern New Jersey’s best and brightest have to offer up. See you at the Public Library!
February 10, 2011, 7:00
The Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton, Montclair
With special guests: Dominck Anfuso (VP & Edior-in-Chief, Free Press/Simon & Schuster), Liza Dawson, agent extraordinaire (Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency), & Pamela Redmond Satran, bestselling author/blogger (How Not To Act Old) & founder of MEWS
Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for 18 years. She is the author of seven books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 12 books. His last book appeared on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review. Together, they wrote The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, and they’ve helped dozens and dozens of talented amateur writers become published authors.
Find more information at www.thebookdoctors.com.
Baristanet has a copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. We’ll give it to the best one-sentence (or less) book idea we get, entered as a comment below. The winner will be selected at 5 p.m. on Monday, 2/7. We suggest the victor bring the book to the event to be signed by the authors. Enter your pitch in the comment section below.