Book Pitch Contest & Party

ebooksummit23.jpgYour book pitch is more important than ever in the eBook world: used in digital stores, social networking sites, and good old fashioned hand-selling to readers. Polish up your fiction or nonfiction book proposal and you could win a ticket to Mediabistro’s eBook Summit.

During the December 15, 2010 eBook Summit, GalleyCat and eBookNewser will host a special book pitch panel discussion. Our all-star list of panelists includes literary agent Kate McKean, Movable Type Literary Group literary agent Jason Allen Ashlock, and Cursor founder Richard Nash. They will share book pitch advice and answer questions from aspiring writers in the audience.

To prepare, we will also sponsor our first ever Mediabistro Book Pitch Party on November 3, 2010 in New York City. It’s like a book club for book proposals: showcasing the work of 10 talented writers and forging a community of aspiring authors. If you would like to share your proposal at the party, follow the directions below to submit your book proposal. We will collect submissions from now until October 15th–your chance to win a free eBook Summit ticket.

Out of all the book pitch submissions, we will choose ten talented authors to feature at the Book Pitch Party. These writers will each deliver a short book pitch to a crowd of supportive readers, writers, and publishing professionals at the November 3rd party. At the end of the night, our judges will award three lucky winners a free ticket to Mediabistro’s eBook Summit. At the Summit, these writers will receive valuable, customized advice from our book pitch panelists.


How to Enter the eBook Summit Book Pitch Party Contest

To enter your unpublished fiction or nonfiction book proposal, please cut and paste your one-page, singled-spaced entry into the body of an email and send it to pitchparty[at]mediabistro[dot]com.

Please submit a polished and focused pitch letter describing your book–the same letter you would submit to a literary agent. For more pitch writing advice, check out this GalleyCat post. Both published and unpublished authors are welcome to apply.

Follow this link to email your submission. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on October 15, 2010. By submitting your email entry to our contest, you must agree to the official rules printed below.

“eBook Summit Book Pitch Party Contest” Official Rules

CONTEST DESCRIPTION: The “eBook Summit Book Pitch Party Contest” (the “Contest”) is an activity in which participants are asked to submit a book pitch for Mediabistro judging based on the criteria listed below.

BOOK PITCH: A short summary, on the form above, of your book writing project for the purpose of possibly being published.

ELIGIBILITY: If you do not agree to these Rules, DO NOT enter this Contest. This Contest is open to individuals who are of full legal age in the jurisdiction in which they live, however, residents of the following countries are ineligible to participate in the Contest due to legal constraints: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. This Contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees of WebMediaBrands, Inc., Mediabistro.com inc. their respective contractors, bloggers and freelancers, speakers of the eBook Summit and their respective affiliates, parent companies, and subsidiaries, and the immediate family members and persons living in the households of each are not eligible to enter the Contest.

HOW TO ENTER: Participants are required to submit their book pitch entries on this form and to submit by email to: pitchparty@mediabistro.com (the “Email Address”) Entries will be judged against the Contest Criteria to select the winners. Entries for the Contest will be accepted from 12:01 a.m. (EDT) on September 15, 2010, through 11:59 p.m. (PT) on October 15, 2010 (“Entry Period”). Mediabistro may expand or reduce the Entry Period in its sole discretion. Finalists will be announced on or about November 20, 2010 and winners will be announced on or around November 3, 2010.