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Practice to be pitch-perfect at this year’s conference!

April 28, 2013

by Susan Berry

FWA is bringing in a gifted artist and industry professional to help make your pitch the best it can be before you meet with the agents and publishers at FWA’s 12th annual conference. Working with this coach, one-on-one in 15- or 30-minute sessions, will help you deliver your perfect pitch to the person you most want to impress—the agent or publisher of your choice.

Who is this pitching coach? It is none other than Chantelle Aimée Osman of A Twist of Karma Entertainment, LLC, a distinctive film development and consultation company that provides consulting services for script editing, marketing, casting, and all other development aspects.

Although Chantelle’s company focuses on screen writing, her wide experience qualifies her to coach authors of all genres. Outside of her work with A Twist of Karma Entertainment, Chantelle is an award-winning mystery writer, whose numerous short stories and flash fiction have appeared online and in print. She is currently at work on two mystery novels, one based on her experiences in Hollywood. She is the founding member of the Anthony-nominated Sirens of Suspense blog, a group of award-winning authors who discuss all things writing and publishing, as well as a reviewer for the syndicated Poisoned Fiction Review. She has also served as editor for several successful anthologies, and judged short story writing contests.

Having worked with Chantelle, as well as FWA, I have seen the level of commitment and the personal touches that she brings to the task at hand, whether it is promotional graphic design, advice on self-promotion, or speaking at conferences. Breaking into the industry, whether through one of the big New York publishing houses or as an indie, is fraught with pitfalls, missteps that can destroy whatever chance of your acquiring representation and/or having your work accepted by a publisher.

With her experience in the publishing world and her contacts with topnotch authors and agencies, for all genres, Chantelle can guide you through your pitch, show you how to pick the right agent for you, target your pitch, and ramp up your confidence. As a consultant for writers of screenplays, she will listen to the pitch and work with you on making the pitch fit the synopsis and work through difficult or elusive plot points. By taking advantage of the opportunity to practice your pitch with Chantelle, along with the myriad of other opportunities provided by FWA at “The Greatest Writer’s Conference on Earth,” you will be several steps ahead of the competition and poised to unlock your potential as a successful author.

For more information or to sign up for an appointment, please visit the conference page.

Chantelle will also present a special pre-conference pitch workshop on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Check the FWA website for details.

Susan BerryAn avid reader, Susan Berry, is an aficionado of historical fiction, trains, the South, and the United Kingdom. Ripped from the headlines of newspapers from bygone eras aptly describes the source of her characters and plots. She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency. She is the registration chairperson for the Florida Writers Association, a member of the Georgia Writers Association and the newsletter editor for the Southeast Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Susan can be reached at http://www.readsusanberry.wordpress.com.

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