Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Why I Will be at the BEA pitch slam this year
This is my client Alysia Sofios.
She's standing in front of Pocket Books, which will be publishing her book WHERE HOPE BEGINS on 9/15/09.
I took that picture when we visited her editor, the incomparable Abby Zidle, and her publicist two weeks ago.
A year ago, I'd never heard of Alysia Sofios, and she'd never heard of me.
That all changed at the Writers Digest Pitch Slam at BEA last May.
If you've got a project, you'll do well to think about attending the conference this year.
Normally I loathe pitch sessions. Loathe.
There's one good thing that can happen at a pitch session that can't happen as easily anyplace else. You can TALK to the writer.
That's how I figured out Alysia didn't have a true crime book, and she didn't have a story about murder and desperation. Yes, there are those elements in the book but this book is about perseverance, and hope, and taking risks.
I never would have seen that in a query letter, and Alysia would have never written a query letter to me. She'd never heard of me before the fateful day she heard a bunch of people laughing and decided to see what all the fun was about.
Here's the link to the Pitch Slam website.
Maybe it's time for you to take a risk and sign up.
If you do, you darn well better come over and say howdy.