Writers chance to pitch up to publishers in Perth

HAVE you got a manuscript ready to go, but can’t get a publisher to look at it?

If you answered yes, the Katharine Susannah Pritchard writers centre may be able to assist you.

Co-ordinator for the event Ravenna Bouckaert said there would be a choice of four local publishers to pitch work to on Saturday, from 1pm-2pm.

You can sit down one-on-one for eight minutes with a local publisher and present your book for consideration.

Ms Bouckaert said the ‘pitching panel’ was aimed at writers with complete or near-complete manuscripts wanting to ‘jump the slush pile’ and pitch directly to a publisher.

If the publisher is interested, they will invite the author to email through a portion of the pitched work.

“The panel provides a valuable platform for writers to practise selling their work and connect face-to-face with local publishers,” she said.

“It will also give an idea whether you are on the right track and learn a little about what traditional publishers are looking for.

“Please note publishers are under no obligation to accept a manuscript and no feedback will be provided.”

The publishers include Fremantle Press, Margaret River Press, UWA Publishing and Twelfth Planet Press.

Each pitch costs $20 for members or $25 for non-members.

A publishing panel will also be held on the day, from 2.15pm-3.15pm.

The publishing panel will combine all four publishers in a forum to speak about current issues in traditional publishing, what editors are looking for when reading a manuscript, considerations involved in selecting a manuscript for publication, and the ‘dos and don’ts’ that writers should know. The second event is $15, phone 9294 1872 to book as places are limited.