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Pitch Party and Contest

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Marilyn Allen
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or thereabouts, $30 to pitch, $15 to watch

Back by popular demand: Pitch Party 2018!

Join us at The Studio for mimosas, coffee and Marilyn on Saturday, February 3, to pitch your non-fiction work! (Fiction pitch party coming this spring.) Pitch your book, or simply listen and learn as others pitch theirs out loud to top non-fiction literary agent Marilyn Allen. Your book can be finished, unfinished, or simply in the concept stage.

At the contest, you will read your query letter aloud or, if your query isn’t quite there yet, read your keynote/elevator pitch to Marilyn and audience members. Marilyn will offer gentle (yet effective!) feedback. Three winning pitches will be chosen and sent (when ready) to acquiring editors who have agreed to consider publication. If the winning pitches aren’t yet strong enough to submit they will receive one free editing session.

Entry (for those who wish to pitch) costs $30.

Entry (for those who wish to observe and learn, but not pitch) costs $15.

Please bring three printed copies of your query letter.

Please note we will be using a timer and pitches must be completed in three minutes or less.

Marilyn Allen is a veteran publishing professional, founder of the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals & Query Letters.”

Want to make sure you have an awesome book proposal? Be sure to read Marilyn’s quick tips here. CLICK HERE for lots of examples of successful query letters.

The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, at 21 Charles St., is conveniently located across the street from the Westport, Conn., train station and is minutes off of I-95, exit 17. Questions? Email us

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