Pitch Your Own Writing at Pitchapalooza on February 18th.

This coming Saturday the 18th at 1:00 PM marks the long anticipated arrival of the Pitchapalooza world tour to the Northshire Bookstore. Is it possible you haven't heard of Pitchapalooza? Outrageous! Unthinkable! I'm joking, of course, but it has become a fairly big deal around here and it becomes harder and harder to imagine not having heard of it. 

Known sometimes as "American Idol" for writers, Pitchapalooza is all about giving undiscovered authors an opportunity to make their mark in the publishing world. David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut's book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published is one of the preeminent "getting-into-print guides" on the market. For more information on the details of Pitchapalooza, please visit here. But the bottom line is this; in the course of this event, Eckstut and Sterry will hold forth on their tried and true techniques for "birthing" a book from conception to publication, schedule a 20 minute future consult for all purchasers of their book and, most excitingly, from a pool of 20 participants selected, at random, to present a 60 second pitch for their book concept, choose a Pitchapalooza winner- the prize being an introduction to an agent or publisher. (READ MORE)

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761160854
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - November 4th, 2010

1,001 Facts That Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader

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ISBN: 9781605506241
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Published: Adams Media - April 18th, 2010

Sample A) A polar bear can rip the head off a human with one swipe of its paw. Sample B) The most germ laden place on your toilet isn't the seat or even the bowl. It's the handle. Feel scared. Feel smart. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Teunissen

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594484810
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - October 5th, 2010

Was it book love or lust John Gilkey's obsession with owning rare books he couldn't afford? Freshly out of prison, he confided in Bartlett about his thieving ways; she also interviewed the equally obsessive dealer who tracked Gilkey down. A delight for book lovers. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

Talking about Detective Fiction by P. D. James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307743138
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2011

Who better to write about detective fiction than P.D.James, one of the best mystery writers. She explores the history of detective fiction, writes about classic British authors; Christie, Sayers, Marsh, and Allingham. Very entertaining read for any mystery writer. Highly recommend.

First We Read, Then We Write

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ISBN: 9781587297939
Availability: Special Order
Published: University Of Iowa Press - March 16th, 2009

A perfect book for writer, reader, student, or teacher. Richardson -- author of the superb biographyEmerson: The Mind On Fire -- culls the best advice on reading and writing (the latter flows from the former) from the Sage of Concord, who, like all writers, struggled every day to find something worthwhile to say. For example, while reading, Emerson exhorts, "you are the book's book." Richardson takes you through Emerson's own writing philosophy but, as Emerson's Essays themselves do over and over, the examples expand outward, illustrating how Emerson's method for reading and writing may be applied to your own. This book is full of advice that will inspire and console. I recommend it, as I recommend Emerson's own writing, to everyone I know.

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780061451461
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Published: William Morrow - October 30th, 2007

An illustrated version of Leonard's articles from the NY Times series on writers writing about writing. Typical Leonard; short, snappy, well written advice and comments on writing-good and bad. Great gift for an aspiring writer, Elmore Leonard fans or anyone interested in writing. Great illustrations . ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight


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