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The "Write to Pitch" Event in NYC


The New York Write to Pitch 2022

Following a lot of pressure to become "responsive" to the demands of the cell, we at the New York Pitch Conference decided to not only upgrade the website, but also the content and ambitions of the event itself. And how? By focusing more clearly on the needs of aspiring authors for competitive prose and structural story engagement. In other words, we know quite well the reasons why particular novels initially fail to be considered by professionals:
  • They are not based around a "high concept" story premise that will make the novel easier to market.
  • The pitching and subsequent discussion of the plot doesn't convince the professional that the writer is experienced.
  • The opening pages of prose fail to demonstrate sufficient artistry and verve.
There are other important elements to be taken into account that exist in the body of the novel, of course, and if we ran a college-like program we could conceivably address them all in the proper context, however, this isn't the case. We provide as much pre-event and post-event development guidance as possible, both foundational and advanced, within the framework of this new conference, as well as a new prose narrative enhancement forum.

Meshing together at our Version 2.0 of the event, and when combined with more vital and nuanced craft advice, we know that more writers than ever will be placed on a realistic path to publication as a result.

A Good Example of NYPC Happenings

At recent 2021 and 2022 New York Pitch events held both live and online via high-tech video conferencing, upwards of 68 projects were chosen for professional consideration by NY Pitch faculty for both book and TV/film markets. Agents, publishing house editors, and producers in attendance included agent Amy Stapp from Wolfson Literary, editor Hannah O'Grady from St. Martins, film producer Ken Atchity of AEI/Story Merchant, senior agent Michelle Richter of Fuse Literary, editor Elle Keck from Harper Collins, editor Miranda Hill from Penguin-Random House, editor Chris Morgan from Tor/Forge, editor April Osborn from Harper Collins, film/tv executive Brendan Deneen from Assemble Media, senior agent Paula Munier of Talcott Notch, and editor Gwen Hawkes from St. Martins. Novels selected from multiple genres included SHOUTING AT LEAVES, WAR GODS OF AFRICA, ALL THE GIFTED, GOD OF THE FALLEN, THE GIRL WHO SOLD DEATH, THE WASTELAND CREW, RESURRECTION ARC, LAST SORCERESS OF ROME, AMERICAN CALIPHATE, THE RULES OF HAUNTING, A MILLION MILES TO DAISY, THE SIFTING, WOUND SOWER, GETTING RID OF DAVION, A DEATH OF ANGELS, THE DARK RESISTANCE, and THE GREATEST ELECTRICAL SCIENTIST.

Pitch Playlist:

We've just learned from Loretta Marion, NYC alum, that thanks to the conference her career is flourishing. Congrats to Marion! "Awarded an Honorable Mention by the 2016 New England Book Festival and the Gold Book Award from Hungry Monster Literary Awards, Loretta Marion's debut novel is a twisty tale of mystery and suspense with whispers of romance." [ in her own words ]... Channeling Ray and Eudora.

A BORROWING OF BONES by Paula Munier, NYC senior faculty member and literary agent par excellence, will be out from Minotaur books in September. Lee Child calls it, "A compelling mix of hard edges and easy charm..." Paula is also the author of the bestselling PLOT PERFECT, THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS, WRITTING WITH QUIET HANDS, and FIXING FREDDIE: A True Story of a Boy, a Mom, and a Very, Very Bad Beagle.

TELL ME LIES by Carola Lovering has been published by Simon & Schuster (Atria Books). Carola owes a significant portion of "getting over the top" to the NY Pitch, not to mention the fact that editor interest gave her needed "query leverage when querying agents at several top agencies" including Janklow & Nesbit, who later provided her with great representation. Carola Lovering comments.

RIGHT OF ANSWER by Hilary Llewellyn-Thomas, a historical fiction about the first woman imprisoned in the Tower of London (who was the author's ancestor) was signed in contract to Trident Media literary agency, to be represented by Mark Gottlieb. Hilary Llewellyn-Thomas comments.

From Publishers Marketplace: Sandi Ward's "The Astonishing Thing" pitched as "The Art of Racing in the Rain" meets "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" to John Scognamiglio at Kensington, in a two-book deal, by Stacy Testa at Writers House. Congrats you old pitch conference! [NYPC News and Commentary]

The NYPC's role model author, Susan Breen, now has a new novel out from PR, "Maggie Dove." Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else's secrets. Then murder comes to town! Congrats Susan, good luck to your new series, and thank you for helping so many other writers at the NYC Pitch find publication!

Amanda Greenfield says, "Because of your conference I had 2 editors, one being Tessa Woodward, ask for my MS and/or pages and another forward my info to one of her associate editors at St. Martins. I was able to cross reference that with information on Publishers Marketplace and sent a query to an agent that worked with Tessa Woodward at Harper Collins. I sent her the first 50 pages and she was really excited about my work. She read the rest of it the next day and immediately sent me a contract. [NYPC News and Commentary]

DARK RIVER by NYC pitch attendee, Roger Johns, was sold to St. Martins by literary agent Paula Munier, his workshop leader from the conference. Algonkian faculty provided Johns with the analysis and knowledge necessary to edit his work for commercial publication, and later, found him a publisher. [NYPC News and Commentary]

Algonkian alums Tracee Hahn (on left) and Britt Tisdale (right) signed recent contracts as a result of attendance at the New York Pitch Conference. Tracee's novel, SWISS VENDETTA, was edited and sold by Algonkian NYC agent faculty to Elizabeth Lacks at St. Martins. Britt's women's fiction novel, DAUGHTERS OF ROSA LA ROUGE, found home with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency: "I re-vamped my pitch, also revised the book to reflect new emphasis. 18 agents requested the ms..."


From A.X. Ahmad: When I started writing the first book, I went to a literary conference, and was pitching editors the story, and they all wanted to know if this was a series, and of course, I said yes, and made up two more books on the spot ... I ended up getting a two-book deal, so then the project was to finish the revisions on the first book, and launch into the second. It was an intense writing experience ...

The Writer's Block Features New Pre-Event Assignments for New York Pitch
  New York Pitch Conference News
Algonkian has established online forums at the Writer's Block as a means of delivering comprehensive pre-event assignments to writers preparing to attend New York Pitch Conference events and workshop their novel. Assignments focus on foundational aspects of writing and planning a competitive commercial novel ... Read More

"My novel was requested by four of the five editors I pitched. Tessa Woodward at Harper Collins quickly made an offer for it, and Paula Munier, who had read my first page at the conference, represented me to negotiate a contract. After getting Tessa's notes, I am now working on a significant re-write that will expand and improve my novel more than I ever could have on my own."

Read More Kim Van Alkemade, Author of ORPHAN 8

Read More 275 queries later, I attended the New York Pitch and by lunch of the first day I knew exactly why my novel had failed. By the end of the day, I had changed the title, made editorial changes to the story, and later, when time came to query, I employed the strategy recommended at the conference: research agents on Publisher's Marketplace and use the editors from the conference who requested manuscripts as leverage. Within one hour I received an email requesting a full manuscript from an agent at Trident Media. Six days later I received another email about my novel, THE ENIGMATOLOGIST, and requesting to discuss representation. Using what I learned at the conference, I was able to do in what week what I couldn't do in three years. I'm absolutely convinced that everything I learned at the conference is responsible for my success.

- Benjamin Adams, signed by Trident Media Agency

Cate Holahan's DARK TURNS pitched at the NYC in Paula Munier's NYC mystery/thriller workshop and sold to Matt Martz at Crooked Lane, the new crime fiction imprint of Bookspan--two book deal. Publication set for 2015. Paula Munier, NYC faculty, representing Cate and DARK TURNS.

Read MoreCate Holahan's DARK TURNS

"Understand, before that I had never taken a writing class, attended a seminar or workshop, I didn't even have a writer's group. The beauty of this conference was that they had editors from major houses coming to listen to our pitches and to give us feedback, and even to ask for our manuscripts if they were interested. And I was one of the lucky ones. Two editors asked to see a partial. I started querying about September 20, and my agent, Sally Wofford-Girand of Brick House Literary Agents, made an offer of representation...

Read More Sujatha Hampton, Author of AS IT WAS WRITTEN

Read More The pitch conference gets tons of credit for my pending publication. Plus, your advice on querying to only a few agents at a time, and Caitlin's editing all contributed to my good news. Publication set for early 2016! Thanks for putting it on and for encouraging scared newcomers like me.

- Angela Pisel, novel sold by Jill Marsal to Putnam

I must confess that it surprised me when folks at the New York Pitch Conference fastened on Thomas Edison's dark side as the most interesting aspect of the novel ... Once you define the book as being about the struggle between the Weisses and Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company, however, a lot of diffuse stuff falls into line. Then I came home from the recent Algonkian conference at Harpers Ferry, reread the manuscript, and realized I had thrown away a great opportunity in the second-to-the-last chapter to resolve the Edison/Weiss conflict in a meaty and dramatic way. In a word, it was lame.

Read More Irene Fleming [aka Kathleen Gallison], Author of THE EDGE OF RUIN

I met with an editor from Plume, pitched the idea and she liked it and after several weeks, and rounds of discussion and so forth, she made an offer. Meantime, Michael Neff helped to set me up with my agent, who is a lovely person at Trident Media. So I can honestly say that going to that conference changed my life. Everything turned out so much better than I had dreamed. I did sell my novel--not right at that moment, because there is a process. But I did sell it because I went to Algonkian's New York Pitch Conference.

Read More Susan Breen, Author of THE FICTION CLASS

You may remember me participating then: I was in Charles' group - the cloak and dagger brigade - and my pitch was about a mystery set in WWII Sarajevo. I made a couple of successful pitches, one of them to Tom Colgan at Penguin, and I thought you'd like to know that I've since been offered a two-book deal with them. The first book should be coming out in June next year. I thought it important to write to you because, without the opportunity afforded by the conference, I wouldn't have made the contacts I did.

Read More Luke McCallin, Author of THE MAN FROM BERLIN

Michael! Did you get my news about being signed by Simon and Schuster? I followed the advice and, voila, I sold the rewritten novel! Thank you, thank you for the miracle! I couldn't have done it without you and editor Ginger Buchannan, I swear!"

Read More Gillian Royes, author of GOAT WOMAN OF LARGO BAY

First write a good book; if you're not sure about that, attend an Algonkian Novel Workshop. But if you do attend the New York Pitch Conference, be prepared for the fallout. I walked away with such a successful pitch, but realized I had to rewrite my book to make sure I delivered what I sold the editors. With workshop leader Susan Breen's help, I have three publishing house editors who want read my manuscript. Wanna write a successful query to an agent? Put that in your first paragraph!

Read More Kim Boykin, Author of THE WISDOM OF HAIR

So pleased to share this news with you and extend my thanks once again for the career boost from the pitch conference: "Rosemary DiBattista's (writing as Rosie Genova) MURDER MARINARA, first in a new mystery series featuring a quirky Italian-American family and their restaurant on the Jersey Shore, to Sandy Harding at NAL, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds.

Read More Rosemary DiBattista, author of MURDER AND MARINARA

I attended Algonkian conferences in NYC and San Francisco in 2009 and 2010. They were among the best experiences in my writing life. I met some of the most powerful people in the publishing industry, both major publishers and agents ... I was offered a publishing contract by Harper Collins UK soon after my last visit to an Algonkian conference. I am now translated into 10 languages.

Read More Laurence O'Bryan, Author of THE MANHATTAN PUZZLE

New York Pitch Hears From Putnam Author Natasha Bauman
  New York Pitch Commentary
"I have already had a novel published by a major publisher, but getting the second book out there has turned out to be more difficult than I expected. I asked my agent what she thought about taking the new book to the New York Pitch Conference ..." Read More

When and How Does the Pitch Tail Wag The Novel Dog?
  The Writer's Edge (photo to left of Madapple by C. Meldrum)
New York Pitch Neff posts on The Writer's Edge re the topic of using the first-plot-point-with-cliff-hanger pitch model to diagnose problems in the novel itself. A concise summary of the diagnostic workshop method in action. Read More

A Flash Gallery of New York Pitch Great Moments<
  The New York Pitch Gallery
A flash photo gallery of NYC greats. Pics of Ripley Greer studios, pitch sessions in progress, AMERICAN IDOL day, group pics, + faces showing large amounts of teeth. To the left we have Charles Salzberg being flirtacious with Emmy winner Cindy Roesel. Read More

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