The American Idol for books comes to the Lowcountry on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute! Dozens of writers have gone from talented amateurs to professionally-published authors as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza, including Raul the Third, Stacy McAnulty, Gloria Chao, Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu.
PRIZE: At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book.
Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company dedicated to helping authors get their books published. They are also co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It, and Market It… Successfully. Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for over twenty years at The Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. She is now the agent of Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander. She is also the author of nine books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 16 books, on a wide variety of subjects including memoir, sports, middle-grade fiction, and reference. His first book has been translated into ten languages and optioned by HBO; his latest book was featured on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. Arielle and David have taught their workshop on how to get published at Stanford University, Smith College, The University of Illinois and many other institutions; they have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and NPR’s 'Morning Edition' to USA Today.
At Pitchapalooza, judges will help you improve your pitch, not tell you how bad it is. Judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapalooza is educational and entertaining for one and all. From Miami to Portland, from LA to NYC, and many stops along the way, Pitchapaloozas have consistently drawn standing-room-only crowds, press and blog coverage, and the kind of bookstore buzz reserved for celebrity authors.
“We came to Pitchapalooza with an idea and six months later we got a book deal with a prominent publisher. ”—Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu