Several success stories came out of 2013’s Pitcharama. Here’s one from Louise Caiola, author of The Making of Nebraska Brown.
It was one of those quick and fateful decisions – the type most often shot-from-the-hip. About one year ago while innocently cruising the Twittersphere, I noticed a stream of tweets with the Pitcharama hashtag. Pitch a what? Naturally, I had to check it out. After visiting the Aussie Owned and Read website for the deets – including the names of the awesome publishers that were planning to prowl the entries – I figured I would give it a go. And just like that, I crafted my submission and hit send.
I was fortunate enough to have my pitch chosen by AOAR’s stealth surveyors and ultimately went on to work with the amazing Katie Teller on perfecting my query for the Publishers review round.
The real fun came afterward as I watched the editor requests roll in. I was lucky to receive more than one request for my contemporary mystery novel THE MAKING OF NEBRASKA BROWN. Check it out on Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/v27uuy
Within a couple months I was both grateful and excited to have been given three contract offers from three different publishers!
In the end it was Immortal Ink Publishers that won me over with their obvious passion and enthusiasm for the book.
Fast forward several months later and here I am – an Immortal Ink author with my novel making healthy strides since its release this past Feb. 2014. The Immortal team had a vision for this work that was seamlessly matched with my own, and together we brought a dream to life.
The Aussie Owned and Read group does a phenomenal job at uniting writers with their future authorship, and bringing publishers face-to-face with their next happy client.
So if you have a dream as yet unrealized, a goal still at hand; if you’re thinking “should I?” I’m replying “most certainly.” Shine up your query and hit send. You just might find yourself reaching your own deserved mark of success.
Good luck to all!
The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.
All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.
Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.
The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home
There’s still time to have a chance at being next year’s success story, make sure you enter your pitch into this year’s Pitch Your Mate round of Pitcharama on June 21. This round is right here on the Aussie Owned blog, so it’s for those people too shy to pitch on their own turf, or for themselves. Good luck!