Pitch the Publisher and the Blue Pencil Café Return to Word on the Street

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Do you have a great book idea? APMA’s Pitch the Publisher and Blue Pencil Café events are returning to Word on the Street Halifax 2018! WOTS Halifax will take place on Saturday, September 15th at the Halifax Central Library.

Pitch the 
Publisher offers budding authors 5 minutes to pitch their book idea to a panel of Atlantic Canadian publishers. Ideas pitched at this event have been turned into books, including Hand Drawn Halifax by Emma FitzGerald (Formac Publishing, 2015) and Unpacked: From PEI to Palawan by Mo Duffy Cobb (Pottersfield Press, 2017).


This year’s Pitch the Publisher is sponsored by Marquis Book Printing. The event will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Plaza Tent at the Halifax Central Library and participants will get 5 minutes to pitch their book idea to a panel of Atlantic Canadian publishers. Publishers will provide feedback and if one of them takes an interest, they will ask for you to send them more information.

Here’s what Emma FitzGerald has to say if you are considering submitting a pitch: “Pitch the Publisher made my first book, Hand Drawn Halifax, possible. It forced me to focus my ideas, gave me a venue to speak to real live book publishers, and ultimately ended in a book contract, and the beginning of many more books. I highly recommend giving it a go!”

Mo Duffy Cobb also has a Pitch the Publisher success story. Her memoir Unpacked: From PEI to Palawan was released last year from Pottersfield Press, and she’ll be back at WOTS this year as a featured author to give a reading. Here’s what she has to say about why you should make a pitch: “Making connections in the publishing world is absolutely essential for emerging writers. Pitch the Publisher helped me get my work in front of three of the best in the business, who gave me their angles and prospects with grace, and encouraged me not only to finish my manuscript, but to query it right away.”

Want to take part or need more info? Email Chantelle at admin@atlanticpublishers.ca or call 1 902 420 0711. We’ll ask your name, contact info and a short (no more than 100 words, please) blurb about your book idea.  You can only pitch completed, unpublished manuscripts. If you pitched a book in 2017, you may pitch again this year, but not the same book.

The deadline to submit is is September 3rd.

There are limited spots, so make sure to submit on time! Those selected will be notified by September 11.



At the Blue Pencil Café, potential authors will be able to receive targeted feedback from a professional editor. Each registrant will have 15 minutes to discuss their work with the editor and we’ll make every effort to match the author with an editor who works in that genre.

This year’s Blue Pencil Cafe will take place from 1-3 pm in the Halifax Central Library.

To apply, email Chantelle at admin@atlanticpublishers.ca with a 3-page (double-spaced, 12 point type) excerpt from the work you would like critiqued, a short biography outlining your writing experience (no more than 250 words), and your contact information (email, daytime phone, city of residence).

The deadline to submit is September 3. There are limited spots, so make sure to submit on time! Those selected will be contacted on September 11th with the time and details for their 15 minute session.

Your editor will read your submission to become familiar with it before you meet.

Helpful documents

The Publishing Process – This is where we demystify the publishing process by walking you through the transformation from unpublished manuscript to published book

Pitcher’s Guide to Pitch the Publisher – This guide will help you prepare your pitch and know what to expect at Pitch the Publisher

Written By

Chantelle Rideout is the Manager of Programming and Member Services for the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association.

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