Pitchapalooza 2013 returns to The College of Saint Rose 4/7
- It's returning on April 7, 2013 at 2pm
Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
It's called Pitchapalooza. It's billed as "American Idol" for authors (only without Simon). And it's returning to The College of Saint Rose! Local authors will have a chance to land a book deal when Pitchapalooza comes to Saint Rose Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in the Saint Rose Events and Athletics Center, 420 Western Ave. (Standish Conference Rooms, second floor), Albany. At Pitchapalooza, 20 writers will be selected at random to pitch their book ideas. Each writer will have one minute to make the best pitch possible to Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, authors and Pitchapalooza creators, along with guest judges. At the end, the judges will pick a winner, who will receive an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his or her book.
Eckstut and Sterry will help aspiring authors improve their pitch, not tell them how bad it is. The judges will critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace. Aspiring authors will receive concrete advice as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry.
Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company that helps authors get their books published, and co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It and Market It Successfully (Workman, 2010). Eckstut has been a literary agent for 18 years at The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency and is the author of seven books. Sterry is the best-selling author of 12 books on a wide variety of subjects including memoir, sports, young adult fiction and reference. The couple have taught their workshop on how to get published nationwide and have been covered by The New York Times, NPR's "Morning Edition" and USA Today.
To sign up for a chance to pitch, authors must purchase a copy of Eckstut and Sterry's book, in advance at The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza or online at www.thebookdoctors.com, or at the Pitchapalooza door. For those just wanting to watch, the event is free. Purchasing also includes a 20-minute consultation with Eckstut and Sterry.