2014 RT Convention Preview: Pitch-a-Palooza

Calling all writers! When Romancelandia takes over New Orleans next month for the RT Booklovers Convention, you’ll want your manuscripts in tiptop shape. Why? Because you’ll have the chance to pitch your books to the industry’s top editors and agents during our Pitch-a-Palooza event! Here’s the 411:

When: Friday, May 16 at 12:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Where: 3rd Floor, Acadia - Grand Ballroom

What: Pitch-a-Palooza is an hour-long event where aspiring and published authors will have three minutes to present their “elevator pitch” to an agent or an editor. When you’re done pitching one person, go right ahead and get in line for another. Think of it like agent/editor speed dating! This is a first-come, first-serve event, so be sure to arrive early. Please note that Pitch-A-Palooza is not the same as editor appointments and agent appointments.

And if you’re curious about which industry professionals you’ll be pitching to, here’s a sampling of some of the agents and editors:


- Jennifer Laughran from Andrea Brown Literary Agency

- Kevon Lyon from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

- Joanna Volpe from New Leaf Literary


- Tessa Woodward from Avon Romance

- Elizabeth North from Dreamspinner Press

- Heather Howland from Entangled Publishing

- Annie Stone from Harlequin TEEN

- Heather Obsorn from Samhain Publishing

*Participating agents and editors subject to change

The full list of agents and editors, including their wish lists, will be available in the official RT Convention agenda booklet. From past years we can tell you now that almost all publishing professionals participating are looking for exceptional voices, compelling characters and, of course, exciting romance.

So get working on your pitches and polish up those manuscripts because this is a not-to-be-missed event which may result in a happy ending of the publishing variety! For more convention buzz, visit the official page, and we'll see you soon in New Orleans!