2019 Pitchapalooza – Closing Event

What’za Pitchapalooza?

It’s like American Idol for books (only kinder and gentler) and it works like this:

Twenty lucky writers will have the chance to pitch their book idea to a panel of judges. But they get only one minute. It’s fast-paced, fun, and a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the book publishing world.

Our hosts, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry (a.k.a. The Book Doctors) team up with guest industry insiders to form the judging panel. The judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more.

All attendees come away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

At the end of each Pitchapalooza, the judges come together to pick a winner. The winner receives an introduction by Eckstut and Sterry to an agent or publisher who is appropriate for their work.

And for the first time ever, a second winner will chosen by the audience. That winner receives a 30-minute phone consultation from Eckstut and Sterry (a $150 value).

Pitchapaloozas have been covered in major media outlets from the Washington Post to the New York Times to NPR. They consistently drawn standing-room-only crowds and the kind of bookstore buzz reserved for celebrity authors.

Tickets: $20 (Includes admission to Pitchapalooza and the MFOB After Party!)



Who are the Book Doctors?

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 20 years at The Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. She is now the agent of Newbery Medal 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 10 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 everywhere from Stanford University to Smith College; they have also appeared everywhere, from the New York Times to NPR’s Morning Edition to USA Today.


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