Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Link Corral: Self-Published Books Needed for Review; How to Use FB Better; Pitchapalooza!

The Los Angeles Review offers a limited number of book reviews to authors who have self-published works of fiction, nonfiction or memoir of at least 60,000 words, or collections of poetry of 60 or more pages. We recognize that advancements in digital technology have made self-publishing a viable alternative to traditional publishing. However, few literary journals review books in this growing and potentially important field. Our goal is to publish at least one review of a self-published book per month throughout the year. Please submit a query letter and the first five to ten pages of the manuscript. Please do not include any other materials at this time.

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Jane Friedman on “5 Principles for Using Facebook”:

“Facebook demands consideration from nearly everyone, because choosing to stay off it means stepping away from the social sharing and conversation of 800+ million people. Yet choosing to play the game as an author or marketer—and use Facebook as a means to an end—can spell immediate failure if your friends and followers feel used.

“No one likes to be marketed to on Facebook, at least not in that overtly obvious “Buy my stuff” manner. And yet to approach it with no strategy at all could mean missed opportunities or wasted time.”


DC writer Sandra Beasley’s blog “Chicks Dig Poetry” alerted me to “Pitchapaloolza,” coming to Politics & Prose:

Apr 11 2012 7:00 pm
End: Apr 11 2012 8:00 pm
WHAT:   Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only without Simon). Twenty writers (only 20) will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute!  In the last month, three writers have gotten publishing deals as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza. 

WHO: Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company dedicated to helping authors get their books published. They are also co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It, and Market It… Successfully (Workman, 2010). Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for 18 years at
The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. She is also the author of seven books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 12 books, on a wide variety of subject including memoir, sports, YA fiction and reference. They have taught their workshop on how to get published everywhere from Stanford University to Smith College. They have appeared everywhere from The New York Times to NPR’s Morning Edition to USA Today. 

HOW: At Pitchapalooza, judges will help you improve your pitch, not tell you how bad it is. Judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapalooza is educational and entertaining for one and all.

PRIZE: At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book.

PRICE OF ADMISSION: To sign up to pitch, you must purchase a copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published from Politics & Prose. We will compile of list of potential pitchers on the night of the event. Anyone who buys a copy of the book receives a FREE 20 minute consultation, a $100 value. If you don’t want to pitch, the event is FREE.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.