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

Got a book in you? Pitch it to a publisher at Word on the Street

Blow the dust off that manuscript and sort through your USB sticks – it’s almost time for the APMA’s Pitch the Publisher and Blue Pencil Café events at Word on the Street! WOTS will take place on Saturday, September 16th at the Halifax Central Library.

This year’s Pitch the Publisher will take place from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 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.

Want to take part or need more info? Email Katie Ingram at production@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 manuscripts and if you pitched a book in 2016, you may pitch again this year, but not the same book.

Those selected will be notified by September 12.


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.

To apply email Katie Ingram, production@atlanticpublishers.ca, 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).

If accepted, you will be contacted on Sept 12 with the time of your 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Publishing Process – This is where we demystify the publishing process by walking you through the transformation from unpublished manuscript to published book

Pitchers Guide to Pitch the PublisherThis guide will help you prepare your pitch and know what to expect at Pitch the Publisher

Written By

Katie Ingram is a freelance journalist, author and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has been featured in a number of local, regional, national and international publications. She previously worked with Atlantic Books Today as their production and distribution manager.

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