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Pitchapalooza! Pitch Your Manuscript!

ONLINE PITCHAPALOOZA
WORLD LITERARY CAFÉ
 
Pitchapalooza goes cyber!  Starting April 15 The Book Doctors invite all World Literary Café writers to send in the 200 word pitch for their book to info@thebookdoctors.com. Sci-fi, romance, paranormal, cook book, self-help, kids book, whatever you got, we want it.   All pitches must be submitted by midnight EST on May15.  On May 22, The Book Doctors will announce a winner, who will receive an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for the author's work.  In the last month, three Pitchapalooza participants have signed book deals. Check out their winners who were recently featured in the New York Times.
 
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(Workman, 2010). Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for 18 years at The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. She is also 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, on a wide variety of subject including memoir, sports, YA fiction and reference. They have taught their workshop on how to get published everywhere from Stanford University to Smith College. They have appeared everywhere from The New York Times to NPR’s Morning Edition to USA Today
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This is great news that you

November 3, 2012 by trickyflower, 1 year 41 weeks ago
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This is great news that you have posted on your blog. This is a great opportunity for those who want to become a great writer. Competitions like this can really help aspiring writers. I believe this is not about winning but about getting exposed in such a great forum of writers. 

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October 4, 2012 by Harry, 1 year 45 weeks ago
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  And now…drum roll…the

May 22, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 12 weeks ago
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And now…drum roll…the winning pitch is Wild Flower Fields by Andrea J. Wenger. Check it out:

Karina Fields is a flirty public defender who’s found her dream job helping the indigent. Next on her agenda: romance. Trouble is, her faith in love has been shaken by the breakup of her sister’s marriage. Now, Karina’s ex-brother-in-law, Alex Kent, is moving back home to San Diego. He takes a job alongside Karina at the public defender’s office. Karina’s instinct is to protect her sister from the ex-husband who left town instead of fighting for their marriage.

When a desperate client assaults Karina, Alex subdues him. Karina finds comfort in Alex’s arms. She fights the attraction, knowing an entanglement with Alex could destroy her relationship with her sister. Karina realizes she’s following an old pattern: she’s drawn to men who need fixing. But she won’t find the right man if she keeps falling for the wrong ones.

Wild Flower Fields is an 89,000 word women’s fiction manuscript. An ironic portrayal of how family dynamics from childhood can affect adult relationships, it could be described as Jane Austen meets Legally Blonde. The novel may appeal to readers of Emily Giffin or Karen Joy Fowler.

Here’s why we love this pitch: In 200 words, Andrea is able to present a fleshed out character who we fall for, a compelling plot, and a starstruck love triangle.  The stakes are very high. There was a real sense of urgency and danger.  And a wonderful cliffhanger ending that made us go: “Wait, what happens next?!” Plus, Andrea shows off her publishing savvy with her terrific comp titles.  Congratulations, Andrea!
 
Thanks all you WLCers.  What a fun and talented group!  See you at the bookstore.
 
Cheers,
David & Arielle

Dear WLC peeps.  Thanks so

May 17, 2012 by sterryhead, 2 years 13 weeks ago
Comment id: 15255

Dear WLC peeps.  Thanks so much for sending us your pitches!  They were AWESOME!  We are having a very hard time picking a winner.  But we will have one by the end of the week.  In the meanwhile we wanted to make you this offer.  Anyone who buys a copy of our book The Essential Guide to Getting your Book Published will get a FREE 20 minute from the Book Doctors, worth $100. - Thanks, u all ROCK, The Book Doctors

Thank you for offering such a

May 22, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 12 weeks ago
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Thank you for offering such a wonderful opportunity to the WLC authors!

Dear WLC peeps.  Thanks so

May 16, 2012 by sterryhead, 2 years 13 weeks ago
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Dear WLC peeps.  Thanks so much for sending us your pitches!  They are AWESOME!   We are having a very hard time picking a winner.  But we will have one by the end of the week.  Everyone who will submitted will get an email very soon. In the meanwhile we wanted to make all of our new WLC friends this offer.  Anyone who buys a copy of our book The Essential Guide to Getting your Book Published will get a FREE 20 minute from the Book Doctors, worth $100. Just email us @ sterryhead@gmail.com. Thanks, David Henry Sterry

Hi Melissa, Quick question:

May 15, 2012 by cebruce7, 2 years 13 weeks ago
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Hi Melissa,

Quick question: Should my pitch be included in the body of my email, or as an attachment?

Thank you so much!

I emailed mine on Saturday

May 14, 2012 by melissagp, 2 years 13 weeks ago
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I emailed mine on Saturday the 12th and did not receive a confirmation either.  Hopefully it was received.

The program is run through

May 14, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 13 weeks ago
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The program is run through the agents, so it's not submitted to WLC - I will let them know that no one is receiving replies. Sorry, gang, you know I wouldn't do that:-)

Thanks so much.

May 14, 2012 by melissagp, 2 years 13 weeks ago
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Thanks so much.

I did not receive a

May 14, 2012 by memphisgirl, 2 years 13 weeks ago
Comment id: 14714

I did not receive a verification email that my entry pitch (Ashes By Now) for pitchapalooza had made the deadline. Could someone verify that the email was received?

 

Thanks,

Lisa

 

The program is run through

May 14, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 13 weeks ago
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The program is run through the agents, so it's not submitted to WLC - I will let them know that no one is receiving replies. Sorry, gang, you know I wouldn't do that:-)

Thank you.

May 14, 2012 by memphisgirl, 2 years 13 weeks ago
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Thank you.

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October 23, 2012 by javed607, 1 year 42 weeks ago
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And a wonderful cliffhanger

January 12, 2013 by eavedrop441, 1 year 31 weeks ago
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And a wonderful cliffhanger ending that made us go: “Wait, what happens next?!” Plus, Andrea shows off her publishing savvy with her terrific comp titles.


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I sent the pitch off but I

May 10, 2012 by Samanthalafantasie, 2 years 14 weeks ago
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I sent the pitch off but I didn't get a reply that they had recieved it. If it's automatic response, should I send it again or was that something I just misread? I don't want to send more than one pitch and I certainly don't want to miss this oportunity.

Thanks!

Quick Question . . . Do we

May 7, 2012 by C.B. Wentworth, 2 years 14 weeks ago
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Quick Question . . .

Do we need to include a salutation? If so, how should it  be structured?  

Dear . . . (what name?)

Thanks! 

 

There was a real sense of

July 7, 2012 by eavedrop44, 2 years 6 weeks ago
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There was a real sense of urgency and danger.  And a wonderful cliffhanger ending that made us go: “Wait, what happens next?!” Plus, Andrea shows off her publishing savvy with her terrific comp titles.


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Yes, "Arielle Eckstut

May 9, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 14 weeks ago
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Yes, "Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry"

Hello there! This blog post

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Thank you!  :-)

May 11, 2012 by C.B. Wentworth, 2 years 14 weeks ago
Comment id: 14494

Thank you!  :-)

I sent in 200 words. The

April 26, 2012 by rsmiraldi, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment id: 13102

I sent in 200 words. The query I wrote was actually a bit longer and there was no room for my author bio. I can tell you the LGI asked for the MS and Christopher Little asked for the first three chapters...so the query can't be all that bad. it was the book they didn't like - I think because it is more paranormal and less mystery - it's a very strange book. So I hope they will consider it - great idea, love the whole pitchapalooza concept - word, love it, so it's an honor just being nominated...er um, wait, they like me they really...wait, I mean, thanks for the contest and all. I guess if they take the two hundred, I'll add this in for bio:

I hold a degree in English Literature from The King’s College. I have been a member of The Salmagundi Club in New York City and on the entertainment committee, which allowed me to visit practically every private social club in Manhattan from which many of the details in this novel are gleaned. I have self-published the mystery novel, Seven Murders In Sussex in April of this year. I held a readership of over 700,000 with ehow.com for various articles I’d written prior to Ehow’s takeover earlier this year (I’ve removed my work from their site). I seek representation to gain wider exposure.

 

Quick question: Will the Book

April 25, 2012 by JessaRusso, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment id: 12972

Quick question:

Will the Book Doctors respond (auto reply, etc) to let us know they received our pitch? 

Thanks!

Yes, they should:-)

April 26, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment id: 13068

Yes, they should:-)

Hi!  I have sent my entry two

May 1, 2012 by JessaRusso, 2 years 15 weeks ago
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Hi!  I have sent my entry two times and haven't received a response/auto reply. 

What should I do? 

Hi,  I have a few questions I

April 24, 2012 by C.B. Wentworth, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment id: 12854

Hi, 

I have a few questions I hope someone can answer:

Is there a specific format we should follow, aside from a standard query?

Do we have to note we are WLC members?  If so, in what format?

Thanks so much!

No need to be a WLC member,

April 26, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 16 weeks ago
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No need to be a WLC member, and yes, follow the standard query, but indicate that you are responding to the WLC Pitchapalooza.

Thanks so much.  :-)  

April 27, 2012 by C.B. Wentworth, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment id: 13205

Thanks so much.  :-)  

My biggest issue with

April 23, 2012 by JessaRusso, 2 years 16 weeks ago
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My biggest issue with querying, (aside from the fact that my query has always been a mess and I've made myself so stressed out over it that I've caused it to tailspin into something tragic)  ... is the author bio. 

I don't have one. 

I did not go to college for a degree in writing, I have no publishing credentials, etc.  I have done so much research on the query, especially the author bio, and I honestly still have no idea what to write. 

In this case, adding anything for my boring bio will alter my 200 words of pitch (coming in now at 198), so if I leave the author bio out all together, will that be a problem? 

Thank you so much for this great opportunity!

Never mind, I got it all

April 23, 2012 by JessaRusso, 2 years 16 weeks ago
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Never mind, I got it all figured out! ;-)

Is there some flexibility

April 20, 2012 by AM Lyvers, 2 years 17 weeks ago
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Is there some flexibility with the 200 word limit? 230 too much? So excited for this!!! What a great opportunity.

*Ha! I got it down to 204

*Boom, baby!! 200

Woohoo! Great job!

April 20, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment id: 12583

Woohoo! Great job!

Hi WriterGirl, I was

April 19, 2012 by lisag1129, 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment id: 12482

Hi WriterGirl,

I was wondering something. It looks like it is open to all genres. Is this correct?

Thanks!

Yes, all genres

April 20, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 17 weeks ago
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Yes, all genres

Is there a limit on the

April 15, 2012 by chellemgt, 2 years 18 weeks ago
Comment id: 12042

Is there a limit on the number of pitches per author? What tips do you offer to ensure a successful pitch. This is a great promotion!

Hi, as always, the best

April 15, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 18 weeks ago
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Hi, as always, the best pitches are succinct and meaningful. I wrote an article on querying  that you might find helpufl. 

There is no limit - just be sure to include a line about yourself/bio and meaningful info about the ms. Remember, the idea is to HOOK the reader, so make it active and interesting.

Hi there! Is the author bio

April 23, 2012 by Rebecca H, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment id: 12816

Hi there!

Is the author bio included in the 200 words?  I have my pitch right at 200 words, but nothing's in there about me.

 

Thanks!

 

Rebecca

Dear WriterGIrl, This is a

April 16, 2012 by syl stein, 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment id: 12141

Dear WriterGIrl,

This is a wonderful article, and it has been very helpful.  I am excited about this.  As you know I have been working on my manuscript since 2010 and I am now working on my third draft of my story.   Thanks for the information!

 

Syl Stein 

 

 

Hi Syl! You are very welcome

April 16, 2012 by WriterGirl, 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment id: 12177

Hi Syl! You are very welcome and yes, I know just how hard you have been working. I'm so proud of you!

Hello Writer Girl, I wanted

April 24, 2012 by syl stein, 2 years 16 weeks ago
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Hello Writer Girl,

I wanted to let you know, I submitted my pitch yesterday in the Pitchapalooza and I am excited.  Let's see how it goes and thanks again for this platform Melissa! 

Syl Stein

Dear Writer Girl, Thanks so

April 18, 2012 by syl stein, 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment id: 12367

Dear Writer Girl,

Thanks so so much, Melissa, it means so much.  It is you and the World Literary Cafe and the women's nest that have only encourage me to keep going!  Thanks my friend! and I will also continue on my journey and love of writing and also #ShareTheLove4Authors from the Women's literary Cafe (WLC Community)!

 

Syl Stein 

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