Writers Eliminate Fears & Learn to Pitch Their Books in The Next Bestseller™ New Workshop

Radio personality Jennifer S. Wilkov of the “Your Book Is Your Hook!” Show introduces The Next Bestseller™ Workshops for writers to hone their pitches and the ability to easily talk about their books in a safe space with industry professionals.
The Next Bestseller(TM) Weekend Workshops
The Next Bestseller(TM) Weekend Workshops
June 22, 2011 - PRLog -- Contact: Tom Martin at Tom Martin Media at (203) 297-2137 or email at Tom@TomMartinMedia.com

NEW YORK, NY (June 22nd, 2011):  The book publishing industry and Hollywood are always on the hunt for the next bestseller. But not all writers are prepared to be a best-selling author or to talk concisely, confidently and competently about their books.

What kills the dream of a best-selling writing career?  Many authors haven’t developed the ability to talk at ease about their books, no matter where they are or with whom they are talking. Whether they meet potential readers at networking events, social events or even on an airplane or if they choose to approach any professional in the book publishing industry with their project, writers need to be prepared to talk about their books.

Most writers shy away from the pivotal question: What’s your book about? After all, it’s human nature for anyone to respond with this inquiry when someone says that they are an author, or that they’re looking for a literary agent, or that they are a writer and working on a book.

The truth is oftentimes writers don’t know what to say and instead either smile while thinking about a great statement to make about their book or they start talking on and on about it because they have no training for how to answer this simple yet complex question.

Most writers focus on writing the book and not on how they’re going to talk about it with someone else. Some are introverts, others aren’t. Either way, someone is inevitably going to ask them that burning question: What’s your book about?

Writers may even wonder to themselves: Do I have what it takes to be the next bestseller? Will it be me?

Agents, producers, publishers and Hollywood are always searching for the next bestseller. It’s like the book industry’s version of “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent” for them week in and week out.

The challenge for writers? Finding a safe place to prepare, practice and polish up their pitch and how they talk about their book with someone who has the knowledge and experience of what works and what doesn’t.

Radio personality and host of the “Your Book Is Your Hook!” Show on WomensRadio.com, Jennifer S. Wilkov is introducing a unique opportunity for select writers to craft their pitch with a panel of trainers who pitch books for a living for film, television, publishing, and the media and who represent various facets of the book publishing experience during The Next Bestseller™ Workshop.

The faculty includes professionals who are experts in a variety of areas in the industry including:

* Dan Fauci, Founder of “The Mastery of Self-Expression” workshops offered worldwide, a film producer and a former executive at Paramount Pictures

* Katharine Sands, a literary agent at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and the author and agent provocateur of the book, “Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye”

* Lane Shefter Bishop, Founder and Principal of Vast Entertainment and an Emmy Award-Winning director and Hollywood producer

* Tom Martin, a TV journalist turned publicist and the owner of Tom Martin Media

* Penny Sansevieri, Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts and best-selling author of the book, “Red Hot Internet Publicity”

* Lauren Solomon, a trusted image advisor, the Founder of LS Image Associates, past President of the Association of Image Consultants International, media personality, author of “Image Matters! First Steps on the Journey to Your Best Self,” and an image industry trailblazer

* Jennifer S. Wilkov, host and creator of The Next Bestseller™ Workshops, is a best-selling, award-winning author, an award-winning freelance writer, an international  speaker and trainer, and the Literary Agent Matchmaker™ who focuses on supporting writers with the essentials to become a bestseller: a great project, a strong platform and a well-polished pitch, presentation and hook for their book

"In the entertainment business, as in the publishing industry, the ability to pitch your material can mean the difference between success and failure.  The Next Bestseller™ Workshops give writers the unique opportunity to perfect that skill-set to be able to make that all-important sale." ~ Lane Shefter Bishop, faculty member of The Next Bestseller™ Workshops and the Founder and Principal of Vast Entertainment.

The faculty members for The Next Bestseller™ Workshops are devoted to finding and cultivating new talent. During this unique weekend experience, these experts collaborate as teachers and trainers in the workshop environment to become a dream team that addresses the writer’s dream, questions, quandaries and fears about pitching and presenting their books to others.

“The Next Bestseller™ Workshops are designed for anyone who is saying: NOW WHAT DO I DO?" ~ Katharine Sands, faculty member of The Next Bestseller™ Workshops, literary agent with The Sarah Jane Freymann Agency and the agent provocateur of the book, “Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch A Literary Agent’s Eye.”

Each expert will take a specific interest in the writer’s project, listen to the pitch and how the writer talks about the book, discuss the best approach and wording, and coach the writer on individual presentation skills. They’ll also provide specific feedback on how to make not only the pitch better, but also the project as a whole. These experts are the very professionals who have an ear and an eye for what will sell – and what won’t.

In addition to the workshop training team, additional agents, editors and best-selling authors have offered to attend the final pitch session on Sunday afternoon to provide additional insights and guidance for the pitches crafted by the writers.

“The Next Bestseller™ Workshops give writers the guidance they seek on their whole approach to talking about their book and career from a variety of industry professionals – from how they present their projects to the presence they establish from the moment they meet each person,” says Jennifer S. Wilkov, Founder, Creator and Host of The Next Bestseller™ Workshops.

Participants receive continued support after the workshop including:  

* A free pass to attend “The Mastery of Self-Expression” weekend workshop with Dan Fauci or one of his worldwide instructors

* Fifty percent off a ticket they may choose to purchase to attend an Author 101 weekend event and

* An exclusive opportunity for the writers to promote their pitches and writing careers by being included in a Pitch Showcase series on Pitch-University.com which will feature their resulting video pitch along with a guest post from each of the writers.

In an unusual move for a writers’ workshop and in the spirit of paying it forward, Ms. Wilkov has deemed a portion of each ticket purchase will be donated to ClassWish, a 501c3 non-profit that supports the children in our classrooms across America by providing their teachers with the means to purchase the much needed school supplies to create a quality learning environment for our readers and writers of tomorrow today.

Once writers follow the proverbial yellow brick road through one of The Next Bestseller™ Workshops, they’ll never pitch their books the same way again. More importantly, they’ll finally find the courage they need to pitch from the heart while using their brains to make it to the “Emerald City” with their books so they can say, “There’s no place like being on the bestseller list and on the big or small screen.”

The next weekend for writers to attend The Next Bestseller™ Workshop is August 19 – 21, 2011, in New York City which will be held at the ClassWish offices located at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 . For additional information, dates and other locations, go to http://www.TheNextBestsellerTV.com/event.

To schedule an interview with Ms. Wilkov, please contact Tom Martin at 203-297-2137 or Tom@TomMartinMedia.com.

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Your Book Is Your Hook! is a full service consulting practice that serves authors, writers & wannabes as well as the entire book publishing industry with its endeavors. Best known for its popular weekly radio show, robust resource blog, trainings & advice, it is also the host of the new The Next Bestseller™ Workshops.

Through the popular radio show named after her practice, "Your Book Is Your Hook!", which can be heard every Tuesday morning at 9:00am on WomensRadio.com and the accompanying show blog at YourBookIsYourHook.com/blog, Jennifer S. Wilkov brings her experience and knowledge of the book business and the people in it as well as her understanding of the author’s experience from conceiving the idea to getting it published to loyal listeners each week.

For more information, go to http://www.TheNextBestsellerTV.com/event.
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