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.
A few words about being an unpublished writer. It's not much fun. Certainly that four word statement may be a bit of an overgeneralization- the act of writing itself can and should be and frequently is fun and extremely rewarding. Nevertheless, feeling the burn of the untold stories within oneself and not knowing exactly how to break through to join that exclusive, yet seemingly bountifully populated, club of published authors is- as the hundreds of thousands or more of such unpublished creatures roaming the countryside can attest- quite often painfully frustrating. The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published contains some of the most detailed and practical advice I have ever read as to how to go about making one's big "breakthrough"- from tightening up one's concept and pitch, to locating appropriate agents and editors and working as productively and sanely as possible with your agent, editor and publisher. Eckstut and Sterry leave no stone unturned, no proverbial base uncovered as they verbally illuminate the myriad of details they have learned from their own careers as agent and writer, respectively, as well as offering countless inserted, pertinent quotes from established authors on their own experiences in the world of publishing. An informative, well researched and finely crafted book of "writing on writing", to be sure!
We'll see you all on Saturday.