Greetings Fellow Writers!
Yep, it’s me again and I’ve got some great news for you. We’re having a FREE PitchFest Boot Camp on Friday evening, March 20th, 2015. The people whom you want to pitch your project to during the StoryTellers Expo (agents, producers and publishers) will be the same ones teaching you exactly how to pitch to them!
Please note . . . Time is running out for the Early bird discount, so be sure to get your tickets before that discount goes away. In addition, PayPal offers convenient payment and credit options. So go ahead and give yourself the perfect gift this holiday and attend the StoryTellers Expo in March. It may just be the best gift you ever receive . . . one that makes your literary dreams come true!
One of our most exciting new presenters is Mark Coker, the founder and CEO of Smashwords – one of the world’s largest and most successful self-publishing companies. I recently met Mark at a presentation he gave to the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) and was astounded at how much the self-publishing industry has changed. I GUARANTEE that you’ll be overwhelmed with all the information Mark has to share with both new and experienced writers. Once known as “vanity publishing”, Smashwords has turned self-publishing into a very lucrative venue for writers. So do yourself a favor and make sure you attend Mark’s presentations.
FYI: Smashwords has phenomenal distribution. Its major online retailers include:Apple (distribution to iBook stores in 51 countries), Barnes & Noble (US and UK), Scribd, Oyster, Kobo, OverDrive (world’s largest library ebook platform serving 20,000+ libraries), Flipkart (India’s largest online bookseller), Baker & Taylor (Blio and the Axis360 library service), and Page Foundry (Inktera.com, Versent.com, Cricket Wireless, and Asus). Simply by distributing to Kobo (via Smashwords), Smashwords’ books will also reach WH Smith in the UK, FNAC in France and Portugul, Livraria Cultura in Brazil, Angus & Robertson in Australia, Bookworld in Australia, Indigo in Canada, Collins in Australia, Feltrinelli in Italy, Libris in the Netherlands, Paper Plus in New Zealand, Play in Great Britain, Rakuten in Japan, Buy.com (now Rakuten) in the US, Whitcoulls in New Zealand, . . . and more on the way.
A total score on our part, we’ve recently added as a pitch fest participant, the amazingSusan Johnston, who is president of Select Services Films, Inc. – an award-winning production company which is certified DBE, has a casting agency, and operates the New Media Film Festival. Susan has previously purchased and optioned several scripts from Pitch Fest attendees. One of those scripts is currently in production. If you have an interesting and original project, make sure you pitch to Susan on either Saturday or Sunday.
I’m tremendously excited to announce that another of our outstanding Pitch Fest participants is Michael Slifkin, a 30 year veteran in the movie and television industry. Michael is a Founder and Partner of Archstone Pictures, where he’s responsible for the development and production of on-going feature film content. Michael has worked with numerous well-known and respected individuals such as: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, and Rob Reiner. He has also worked with companies such as Sony Pictures, Columbia Tri Star, 20th Century Fox, MGM/UA, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, Grindstone, New Line and many others. Recently, he’s completed work as Producer on “Battle Force” a WWII period feature film currently being distributed to world-wide markets.
Michael is looking for scripts in the action, drama, comedy, and thriller genres. If you have something Archstone might be interested in, be sure to see Michael. He’ll be listening to pitches on both Saturday and Sunday.
Don’t forget . . . we will be offering a 2 hour FREE Pitch Fest Boot Camp on Friday evening, March 20th 2015. This is your chance to learn how to successfully pitch yourself and your projects. And hello! It’s FREE! What’s not to love about that? Agents, publishers, and producers will instruct you on how to get them EXCITED about YOU and your projects. Make sure you attend our invaluable, FREE Pitch Fest Boot Camp on Friday night, then, attend the Expo on Saturday and Sunday. This event will be heldFriday, March 20th, 2015. 7pm to 9pm.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! The StoryTellers Expo March 21-22, 2015
Be sure to get them while discounts are available. Once we’re sold out, I’m afraid that’s all, folks! For more information, or to purchase tickets, click on: http://storytellersexpo.com/registration.html