I try to read as much as possible about writing, whether it's books, magazines, newspapers or on-line forms like Twitter, Blogger, Facebook etc... On December 30, 2012, I was reading the Hartford Courant, the local newspaper in this area and found something interesting. In the Arts section of newspaper, there's this part entitled Books. This usually contains information about literary activities in the area, author presentations, book festivals, and other similar things. The part that caught my eye was a piece entitled "Pitchapalooza". What the heck is a Pitchapalooza, I thought?
It's a free event characterized by many as the "American Idol or The Voice for books". These events have a unique format, where writers from all genres, published or unpublished, prepare a one minute book pitch and place their names in a hat. Literary Agent, Arielle Eckstut and author, David Henry Sterry, co-founders of The Book Doctors, randomly pick twenty lucky names out of the hat. Those individuals then get to make their pitch in front of Arielle, David, several other editors or agents on a panel, and everyone else at the event.
After all twenty of the writers have done their pitch, the panel picks one winner, who gets an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher. But don't worry about the odds here. I understand that anyone who buys the The Book Doctor's publishing book, "The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It. Sell It, and Market It...Successfully." gets a twenty minute personal consultation.
The Book Doctors have been running these free events across the country for several years in local bookstores and libraries to promote their book. I checked out YouTube and found a number of videos on these events. There's actual recorded pitches set up by The Book Doctors and some of them are winning pitches. Several people interviewed on some of the videos indicated that although they didn't get chosen to pitch their book idea, they thought attending the event was extremely informative, especially because the panel gently critiqued each one.
I consider these events just another opportunity to enhance my writing. I plan on attending the Hartford Connecticut event on March 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford. It's right next to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Check out the Hartford Public Library website at www.center.hplct.org and The Book Doctors website at www.thebookdoctors.com/workshops.