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Write a pitch of your novel for Pitchapalooza 2020!

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Want to experience how a professional author works? Learn how to write a pitch for your novel!

To get a book published, you first have to find an agent who will help you sell it to publishing houses. Before an agent decides to give your novel a chance, they read something called a novel pitch. A pitch is like a movie trailer for your story—it gives the reader a quick taste of the most exciting parts, and leaves them wanting more.

Get help writing the perfect pitch from experienced editors Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry (a.k.a. The Book Doctors) during Pitchapalooza 2020!

Learn more about Pitchapalooza!

The Basics:

  1. Write a 250-word pitch of your book and email it to Do not attach your pitch, just paste it in the email. Include your title and your name at the top of your pitch. All pitches must be received by 11:59PM PST on February 29, 2020.
  2. Twenty pitches will be randomly selected from all submissions. The Book Doctors and two guest judges will then critique the pitches during a live webinar on March 14, 2020 at 12PM PT, so you get to see what makes a great pitch. 
  3. At the end of the webinar, one winner is chosen from the group, and they receive an introduction to an agent or publisher! 

Whether or not your pitch is selected, the Pitchapalooza webcast is fun and educational! Everyone who watches the webcast away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the book publishing business.

Learn more about the contest, the webcast, and how to write a great pitch.

Another opportunity to share your work!

Reminder to all you young novelists: revise and submit an excerpt from your novel by February 29 for the chance to see it published on the NaNoWriMo blog and the Young Writers Program website. 

Learn more about the "Now What?" Young Writers Contest!

Now What? Young Writers Contest

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