Pitch Panel Guidelines

The pitch panel at last year's Islanders Write was jam-packed.

Beth Usher and her mother pitching their book project.
Photo by Stacey Rupolo

Do you have a book project you’d like to pitch?

Pitches must be three minutes or shorter. They can be fiction or nonfiction, for the adult or children’s market. Each project pitched for this session will be preselected by the organizers of “Islanders Write,” and the panelists will have no advance knowledge of your project. They will be hearing about your work and about you for the first time on August 6. We will be selecting four pitches this year, to give enough time for feedback and questions. Please note that the editor and agent on this panel have generously agreed to offer their advice in order to help writers better understand the process of getting editors and agents interested in their books; they are not here seeking projects for themselves.

Members of the pitch panel are:
Rosemary Stimola, literary agent and founder of Stimola Literary Studio
Gretchen Young, Vice President and Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing
John Hough, Jr., novelist
Torrey Oberfest – moderator

If you are interested in pitching to our pitch panel, please email a paragraph about your book project and a short bio to kate@mvtimes.com before Friday, July 27. You will be informed if your pitch was selected on Monday, July 30.

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