Let's talk pitches, shall we?
This thing we do, the writing thing, we work at it, get better, work more, tear it apart, build it again. We work at getting to the point where our novels, short stories, poetry, and plays are ready for the world. We think these writings are just fine. Our friends think it's good work. So then what? Ah, time to get it out there - publication, validation. Okay, let's do it.
Basic realization #1 – There is no silver bullet made that will subdue this beast known as publishing. You must be savvy enough to get an agent or editor's attention and then pitch your writing. You have to find someone interested in reading a query and proposal, then you must fashion a query letter so that the agent couldn't live without the project.
Basic realization #2 – You have to know the basic three things an agent/editor is looking for and you have to know how to say it so the agent can draw confidence in your project from the confidence you are projecting.
Basic realization #3 – You discover that inside information of the publishing industry actually guides you toward avenues of success that are very specific to your own style and suddenly your options are multiplying at a rate you couldn't have imagined a few months ago.
Basic realization #4 – ALL OF THESE TOOLS, AS WELL AS THE AGENTS AND EDITORS ARE WAITING FOR YOU AT THE 2010 WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS, INC. ANNUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 11 – 13 IN RIPLEY, WV.
Basic realization #5 – This opportunity doesn't happen every year.
Basic realization #6 – The response has been so great, Rhonda has convinced our guest editors and agents to accept more pitches. DON'T LET THIS GET AWAY!!
It's never too late to become what you might have been.
To schedule your PITCH SESSION(S) with: Peter Lynch, Kelly Mortimer, and/or Christine Witthohn, send an email to Rhonda White. You may reach Rhonda at: email@example.com
For more info on these agents and editors - http://blog.wvwriters.org/2010/04/wvw-2010-summer-conference-pitch.html
For more info on the conference - http://www.wvwriters.org/conference.html
See you there.
If you would like to donate to the WV Writers, Inc Conference Silent Auction, (books, services, art, gift certificates, curios, etc.) please contact Teresa Newsome at: T_newsome01@yahoo.com and we'll appreciate it forever!
WANT A GREAT DEAL ON ADVERTISING?
Would you like your business to reach 160-250 writers and writing professionals? Would you like to advertise your book to potential readers? Would you like to advertise your editing or proofreading services to writers? Well, we're here to help.
West Virginia Writers, Inc, is offering low-price ads to be printed in this year's Conference program. The program will be distributed to each attendee at the June 12-14 Annual Conference at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia. The ads that appear in the program will also be offered for a limited time on the WVW website (www.WVWriters.org). The ads will be printed in black and white in the 8 ½ by 11 spiral-bound program. (Ads on the website can be in color.)
Ad rates and approximate sizes are:
Full page (8 ½ x 11) - $85
Half page (8 ½ x 5) - $45
Quarter page (4 x 5) - $25
Business Card size - $15
Ads may be submitted as either a camera-ready print or emailed as a high quality jpeg, .tif or Microsoft Word document. Ads may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Paper copy should be snail-mailed to: T.W. McNemar, 1107 Cost Road, Stonewood, WV 26301. Checks should be made payable to West Virginia Writers, Inc. Please be sure to include contact information with your ad copy and ads must be received by May 29th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com .
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