2013 RT Convention Guide: Authors Find Success At Pitch-A-Palooza

For aspiring authors, attending a writer’s convention can be nerve wracking. You’ve spent your hard-earned money to attend, and you need to make the most of these few days. If you’re brave enough, you’re going to post up at the bar and chat up that agent you’ve been stalking — er, following — on Twitter. You’ve scored an appointment with an editor you have your eye on, and your elevator pitch is all ready to go in case someone asks you — you know, in an elevator — what your book is about.

But at RT’s upcoming convention in Kansas City, we have another way to help you stack the deck. On Friday, May 3 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., we’ll be hosting Pitch-A-Palooza!

Writers pitching their stories at RT's 2012 Pitch-A-Palooza

What’s Pitch-A-Palooza, you ask? Pitch-A-Palooza is the fun, fast way to pitch a whole host of editors and agents, in three-minute intervals.

That’s right, three minutes. Sit in front of the agent or editor you’ve got your eye on, introduce yourself, sell your elevator pitch and, blammo! Done. All that’s left to do is move to your next target and line up again to wow them with your awesomeness.

Terrifying? Sure! But not any scarier than editor and agent appointments. And the fun of Pitch-A-Palooza is the camaraderie. Everyone is in a big room together, so you can joke and giggle and practice with the other writers in line with you.

And it works. At last year’s Pitch-A-Palooza, Kensington’s Editorial Director Alicia Condon met Robyn Peterman and then published her debut, How Hard Can it Be?. And Alicia will be back this year, telling us, “I’m excited to participate again!”

Desert Breeze Publishing Editor-in-Chief Gail R. Delaney signed three authors at last year’s event, and she’ll be back this year, looking for more talented writers.

That’s why this year, we’re hoping for even more success stories. Agents and editors are excited and ready to hear your pitches. From Dianne Moggy at Harlequin, to Sue Grimshaw at Random House, to literary agents Miriam Kriss and Eric Ruben, there’s a whole host of opportunity awaiting you, in three-minute slots. Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and more will all be represented.

To help you out even further, we’ve polled all participants on what they’re looking for, so you’ll know just who to target when you arrive. (Hint: New Adult is especially hot this year.) By studying the handout we give you, you’ll be in great shape to get some requests for that manuscript burning up your hard drive. In the meantime, you can download a full list of all the editors and literary agents who will be at Pitch-A-Palooza, as well as read what kind of manuscripts they're looking for, here.

So practice your pitch and come on down to Pitch-A-Palooza, Friday, May 3 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. We can’t wait to brag about your success story at next year’s convention!

For more information on Pitch-A-Palooza, click here. You can learn more about the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention here.