Workshop The Novel, Pitch the House - Sept. 17-20, 2015

NEW YORK /PRNewswire: "On Maggie's Watch" NEW YORK/PRNewswire: "Lipstick in Afghanistan"

The New York Pitch Conference and writers workshop is held four times a year and features publishing house editors from major houses such as Penguin, Random House, Henry Holt, and many more who are looking for new novels in a variety of genres, as well as narrative non-fiction. The event focuses on the art of the novel pitch as the best method not only for communicating your work, but for having you and your work taken seriously by industry professionals. More importantly though, it is also a diagnostic method for workshopping the plot, premise, and other elements of the story to determine quality and marketability. Simply put, you cannot successfully pitch a viable commercial novel if you don't have a viable commercial novel. Our goal, therefore, is to set you on a realistic path to publication.

Visit our How It Works page for a list of event benefits and our New York Pitch News page for the latest updates on projects and contracts. If you're not certain whether this event and writers workshop will work for you, peruse comments and testimonials by our alums as well as our Participants page to help with your decision. Please note that the NYPC works directly with publishers from major houses who are the decision-makers, as opposed to literary agents who petition the decision-makers.

 A Sample of Conference Faculty: Tom, Lyssa, Silissa, Michelle, Peter, Jackie, Brendan, Claire


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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It started with a literary novel, "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2015, the New York Pitch has assisted and networked writers into dozens of agent and publishing contracts. More information can be found on our news page


Simon and Schuster published Lipstick in Afghanistan, an upscale women's fiction by Roberta Gately. We received a wonderful note from Roberta thanking the pitch conference.

Viking recently chose Algonkian conference novel (and Amazon Contest Placer), In Malice Quite Close, by Algonkian vet, Brandi Lynn Ryder who won't stop thanking us!

Berkley Books now informs us they have two books under contract from the NYC Pitch. The latest is an upscale fiction by by Katharine Britton (the title currently in flux). Thanks to agent Jennifer Unter for representing this fine novel to Jackie Cantor, Berkley editor.

More news for NYC P. "A small misstep derails several lives ..." David Klein's debut novel, Stash, from Broadway Books by way of the New York Pitch Conference. Now available from Amazon. This kind of success is habit forming.

Ann Garvin's On Maggie's Watch, is out from Berkeley. Our NYC staff played a big role in making this important project come to life. Huge congrats to Ann for writing this wonderful new novel! More information can be found on our news page

Sujatha Hampton's new novel, As it Was Written (formerly Evermore), is now available from Amazon. Congrats to Sujatha and Thomas Dunne Books. NYC Pitch take a bow!

Randy Meyer's new novel, Murderer's Daughters (formerly Adopting Adults), is now available from Amazon. Congrats to Randy and her editor Hilary Teeman. Huge congrats to the NYC Pitch!

Interview with New York Pitch attendee, best-selling author Pam Binder. Two of the four editors I met with asked to see my work and the other two were very interested ... I credit the reception of all four editors to the pitch. It generated questions which helped me explain in more detail the vision of the project.  

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