031 How to Pitch Your Book at a Writers’ Conference with Bob Hostetler

Here are the show notes for the most recent episode of the Christian Publishing Show.

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In this episode, recorded live at the 2019 SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference, Bob Hostetler and Thomas Umstattd Jr. discuss how best to pitch your book and how to avoid common writers’ conference mistakes.

About Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning author, editor, literary agent, pastor, and speaker. He is the Executive Editor of The Christian Writers Institute. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell.

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5 Responses to 031 How to Pitch Your Book at a Writers’ Conference with Bob Hostetler

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    Maco Stewart July 2, 2019 at 5:51 am #

    That was great, thanks Bob. Reposted across my Usual Suspect Facebook groups. I always tap the 1X button to make the 1/2 hour podcast shrink to 20 minutes at 1.5X speed.

    Some takeaways from the end of this excellent interview:
    1. Ask questions. 2. Be teachable. 3. You are shopping for the best partnership. 4. Treat your agent as a human being, conversation back and forth, please. 5. Establish and maintain relationships. Final advice: be ready if an editor/agent says, what else have you got? and be ready to have a God moment. Great Laube story at the end about Jennie Allen.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser July 2, 2019 at 6:51 am #

    I stood upon my platform high,
    kicked the rubber with my spikes.
    The agent knew what would come nigh,
    and I saw him mutter, “Yikes!”
    I only have one chance at this,
    the count is three-and-two,
    and my delivery just can’t miss,
    after all that I’ve been through.
    The manuscript segues the ball,
    with its close-ribbed stitching.
    No more excuses, used ’em all,
    and now it’s time for pitching.
    It’s funny that the CRACK! of a homer
    make pitcher and hitter both a winner.

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    Sy Garte July 2, 2019 at 7:58 am #

    I had a wittty comment, but Im not going to post it following Andrew’s perfect poem. I’ll just say, thanks Bob, and Thomas, all the advice was well worth listening to.

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    Tuvia Pollack July 2, 2019 at 9:47 am #

    It’s a good idea to establish contacts even before you have a proposal?
    Uhm… hi Bob! *waves*

    I live in Israel, so I don’t have the possibility to attend writer’s conferences. I know it puts me at a disadvantage vrs those who do, but I am hoping that my unusual name and location will be enough to grab your attention when my proposal arrives.

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    Jason Porterfield July 2, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

    Thanks Thomas and Bob. Great episode full of helpful tips.

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