Got this in an email today:
David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut
What are you waiting for? It's 2011-time to write that great American novel. Our guests, Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry, visit to get you started with The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. It's a practical plan that demystifies every step of the way.
Eckstut, a successful literary agent for 18 years, and Sterry, her author husband, are leading Anderson's first Pitchapalooza and as such are making a "house call" at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville. They are inviting writers to make a book pitch in an "American Idol"-type setting. Each author hopeful gets one minute to pitch their book ideas to a panel of publishing experts, including Eckstut and Sterry. Additional panelists are to be announced. (Sorry, no Simon Cowell need apply.)
Eckstut and Sterry's new book is already being called "a must-have for every aspiring writer." The pair has helped dozens of talented amateurs become professionally published authors. Eckstut and Sterry have been interviewed on National Public Radio several times, and has taught publishing at Stanford University. Sterry is the author of nearly one dozen books, including most recently The Glorious World Cup.
Priority numbers to reserve a place in the signing line are available at Anderson's with the purchase of the authors' new book.
Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. What's important for the writers out there with a story to tell, and hopefully sell? The landscape of publishing and bookselling is going through significant changes every day and to keep up with those obstacles is a challenge. The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published is already recognized as the industry standard. It includes strategies for e-books and social media and is right on target for today's bestselling-wannabe.
No matter if you want to write fiction, nonfiction, humor, sci-fi, romance, crime/mystery, cookbooks or children's books, this is the guide to lead you to your best shot at success. The book is chock full of practical samples of book proposals and query letters, a resource guide, tips to find an agent, how to develop a marketing plan and more. A related website includes notable updates, downloadable tools and an interactive author forum. Make it your new go-to guide. Join us in January for this incredible, and free, event!
Thursday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Anderson's in Naperville
I would think you only need to buy the book ($15.95) if you want it signed, not for the pitch, but the email isn't very clear on that. Either way, it might be fun just to listen to other people's pitches.----------