Local Authors Get Their Chance

Local residents normally come to Anderson’s Bookshop to find new reads, but this time they had the chance to become authors themselves.

Nearly 50 aspiring authors had one minute to wow a panel of judges at Pitcha Palooza; an event created for unpublished authors to hear advice from experts on how to successfully pitch their stories.

“It’s a very, very different business than it even was five years ago. So, we’re going to do a very quick but very in depth education on the steps one needs to take. As well as giving individual attention,” said Arielle Eckstut, co-author of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.

The want-to-be writers are hopeful that they will be the winner chosen to meet a publisher.

“Publishing is a difficult business and I’m just hoping for an opportunity for someone to take a look at the book,” said hopeful author, Dean Dranius. “Possibly give me some insight of how we can improve upon it.”

“That really helped me that they told me to do a blog or get a website set up. And then just giving my pitch to people I didn’t know,” said Michelle Seiger, an author who wrote a book about her personal struggles after losing her best friend and aunt. “It’s one thing to give it to people that you’ve worked with, you know, you’re more comfortable with them.”

The judges included Naperville’s Andrea Beaty and Joe Durepos and The Book Doctors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, the two authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.

“The Book Doctors” started Pitchapalooza five years ago and say it’s like the American Idol for books offering a guide for every step of the publishing process from picking out a title to understanding a book contract.

“These four experts we had on our panel can really give us essential information to take back, and maybe start anew or look at what they’re writing a little bit differently or maybe give them really good encouragement to keep going,” said Co-Owner of Anderson’s Bookshop, Becky Anderson.

The next day, several of the authors attended a follow up workshop with the experts. This is the second time for Anderson’s Bookshop to host the event.

“They’re not only authors, but they’re agents, and they also help people take that passion and really get it to work,” said Anderson. “They need to bring that essence of what they need to write and get the right information.”

Anderson says she hopes the bookstore can begin holding their own book writing workshops in the near future.


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