My friend LaYen alerted me to Chronicle Books Pitch for Charity held Wed, Dec 8 from 3-5pm. This was the first time Chronicle has held a pitch event like this. They offered up their editors in art & media, lifestyle, food & drink, entertainment and children's picture books. Attendees would have 10 minutes to pitch and receive feedback. Each participant donated 10 dollars to Habitat for Humanity.
I wasn't sure I'd be able attend when I first caught wind of it. Luckily, my hubby willingly took a vacation day to allow me to pursue my dream. I'm also grateful for my friend Chris who is always inspiring me as I work towards my dream of reading a published book I wrote to my daughters. I'm also dying to see the illustrations.
We left about a quarter to 10am and returned home some time between 9-10pm. My friend Chris drove the entire way. A total of 4+hours for the round trip and did in the constant downpour and fog. It was a long, long day... and thrilling too.
This was an exhilirating experience. My first pitch. It was invigorating to be amongst other writers who have a certain something about them. Passion, hope, faith, courage, and dogged determination. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to share one of my picture books. Now I need to quickly do some revisions and re-submit it per request. This pitch event is like American Idol or So You Think You Can Dance, but for writers. It seems I was asked to stick around for the choreography round. Hey, I'll take it, it's just another step closer to Vegas week.
I am grateful I was able to meet with Naomi Kirsten of Chronicle Books. I found a great interview/story she participated in, a year ago, that had some fabulous tips for young writers - but I figure... we're all young at heart. Check it out below. May we all keep dreaming, and pitching ourselves out there.