MONTCLAIR, NJ - Do you have a book idea that you'd like feedback on? Have you written a book and you'd like to discover how to get signed? If so, Pitchapalooza may be the place for you.

Pitchapalooza is the American Idol for books that will be coming to Montclair Public Library on October 25 at 2p.m.

Located at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair, twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute to pitch their idea to experienced published authors. 

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Dozens of writers have gone from talented amateurs to professionally published authors as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza, including Genn Albin, our KC winner who got a 3-book mid-six figure deal with Farrar Straus & Giroux. 

Montclair's own Ylonda Caviness won the last NJ Pitchpalooza for her book “Child Please!” Now she’s a published author with Penguin, the TV rights were just bought by Fox Searchlight and the pilot is already being written.

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 over 20 years at The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. She is also the author of nine books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched.

David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 16 books, on a wide variety of subject including memoir, sports, YA fiction and reference.  His first book has been translated into 10 languages and optioned by HBO, his latest book was featured on the cover of the SundayNew York Times Book Review.  They’ve 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

At Pitchapalooza, judges will help attendees improve their pitch and critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and 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.

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

To sign up to pitch, you must purchase a copy of The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published. Anyone who buys a copy of receives a free 20 minute consultation, a $100 value. If attendees don’t want to pitch, the event is free.


For more information, visit Montclair Public Library at or call 973-744-0500.

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