Tag: pitching

  • Post-Hiatus

    Whew!  That was a long break.  But I had a lot to do, and I hate summers in general, so if I had posted anything, it would have come off as grumpy and verbally itchy, and that doesn’t do anyone any good.  Oh, also, there’s a new dog. But I digress. So, a lot has…

  • 75,000 words!

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I keep promising to give details of my new crappy novel, and I keep failing miserably.  This time, I have a good excuse: I was actually writing it.  And, I just hit the 75,000-word mark, which, if my outline is to be believed, is the three-quarters mark.  And so, to celebrate, I’m…

  • Push to Publish 2015

    So, two weekends ago saw the comings and goings of Push to Publish 2015, the annual soiree at Rosemont College that pits writers against agents in a Mad-Max-style battle for dominance across a post-apocalyptic Australian desert.  “Just walk away!” howled agent Gina Panettieri.  “Just walk away, and we will allow you to live!” Nothing really…

  • Push to Publish 2014, Part 3

    Now we’re cooking’!  Today, I present part three of my Push to Publish misadventures, which will conclude in the nitty-gritty; the stuff that goes down after the conference is over.  We’re talking stilt-fights on trampolines!  Fire eating!  A song about a bird!  Pawning prosthetic limbs for one more round in the opium den! Okay, no.…

  • Pitchapalooza, part two!

    Pitchapalooza has come and gone, and sadly, I was not victorious.  While I’m disappointed, I’m certainly not dismayed because the winner, Helen Reese, has some serious game.  And if any agents out there have the opportunity to look at her book, Project Ex, you should look forward to an engaging read.  I also want to reach out…

  • Pitchapalooza!

    As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I will be attending the Pitchapalooza event tomorrow afternoon at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr.  In case you forgot, I will be competing against a bunch of other novelists to see who has the best sixty-second pitch. It will be terrorizing!  Spellbinding!  Breathtaking!  Will Nick be able…

  • Upcoming fiction events: Fall 2014

    There are two very exciting local events coming up over the next six weeks, and if you have any interest in writing fiction (or even non-fiction or memoir), you might want to take a look. 9/21/14: Pitchapalooza, located at Main Point Books, 1041 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA.  This isn’t too different from the Writer’s Digest Conference…

  • Agents are lizard people

    The last post was all about the Pitch Slam at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014.  Today, I want to write around the Pitch Slam and talk a little about the gravity of the thing. To refresh your memory, the Pitch Slam was an event where authors could pitch their books at agents for three minutes in…

  • Pitch Slamming…not as dirty as it sounds

    In my last post, I provided an overview of the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014.  Now, I want to delve into its various moving parts, starting with its most significant, the Pitch Slam.  You can attend the sessions without signing up for the Slam (and save yourself a hundred bucks), but I can’t see much reason for…