ASA Sydney Pitch
ASA Sydney Pitch event, 14/07/17
Well it was a great trip to Sydney, where I attended the Australian Society of Authors’ Literary Speed Dating event. This was an opportunity to pitch literary works to Australian agents and publishers. Here is how the day went…
Early on Friday morning I jumped on a plane at Perth domestic airport. All that was going through my mind was my pitch for Lore of Energy and Light. Without being too rigid, I wanted to make sure I hit some key points when conveying the book series. I was also excited to meet fellow authors who were aspiring to the same thing.
The ASA Sydney Pitch was still about 2 hours away. After a long flight, I was keen to have lunch and recharge. With a little time to burn I checked in with my video editor to see if he had finished the VBLOG intro for the Lore of Energy and Light YouTube channel. It turned out that Gary Bird had already uploaded the video. You can watch the new intro now using the link above.
The format for the ASA Sydney Pitch was simple. The Australian literary agents and publishers took their seats as eager authors lined up to give a three-minute pitch. I was keen to introduce myself to as many people as I could.
To give you an idea of who was in the room: there were representatives from HarperCollins Australia, Penguin Random House, Allen and Unwin, Curtis brown, and Harlequin Books – just to name a few. Certainly a great showing.
If you are a science fiction fan, you should know this – it can be quite difficult for an Australian sci-fi author to get their work published in Oz, because the market for such novels has been flat for a long time. So…when you go to your local book shop you are likely seeing many international authors being featured prominently. Having said that, Australia has some greatly talented writers in this genre. I hope to join their ranks in time.
The organisers of the ASA Sydney Pitch were Laurine Croasdale (Professional Development Officer) and Juliet Rogers (CEO). They did an amazing job and I thanked them for the opportunity to attend this first-class event, which supports the Australian literary landscape. We briefly spoke about the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre at ECU Joondalup – some good news I will reveal in a post next week.
May the stars be aligned.