Friday, April 08, 2005

Free Pitchfest on April 13 at The Grove

Hey folks! Here's the official press release for next Wednesday's event. If you live in the L.A. area or know someone who does, please direct them to this release. This is a great opportunity for writers to learn hands-on how to pitch. It's also a great chance to mingle with some big-time producers.


For Immediate Release:


Aspiring writers will find out how to correct some common pitching errors at a Los Angeles book signing event for writer/producer Chris Abbott’s new insider’s guide, “Ten Minutes to the Pitch.” Joining her will be fellow writers Charlie Hauck (Frasier), Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society) and Eric Tuchman (Early Edition). During the signing, several lucky attendees will have the opportunity to pitch and re-pitch their own ideas to the trio of writers/producers.

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) April 8, 2005 –- According to 25-year Hollywood veteran Chris Abbott (Magnum P.I., Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Bold and the Beautiful), there are three key mistakes new writers make “in the room” when trying to sell their ideas to network and studio executives:

1)They’re in the wrong place
2)They don’t know the people in the room
3)They don’t tell the story they’ve come to tell

On April 13 at 7:30 p.m., Abbott and guests Charlie Hauck (Frasier, Home Improvement), Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society, What About Bob) and Eric Tuchman (Just Cause, Early Edition), will gather at The Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles to redress these problems and share their experiences and advice about what to do in a pitch meeting – and what not to do.

The event will begin with a public, pitch-to-the-camera practice session. Following that, Abbott and her industry guests will select audience members to “pitch” their ideas before she discusses common pitfalls, helpful hints and her new book, "Ten Minutes to the Pitch” (ISBN # 1-931290-56-3, Tallfellow Press). Following the session and Q&A, the same audience members may “re-pitch,” hopefully with newfound knowledge, to the panel. The most improved pitch of the evening will receive a free, autographed copy of Abbott’s book.

Ten Minutes to the Pitch: Your Last-Minute Guide and Checklist for Selling Your Story is the second in Tallfellow Press’s new “Ten Minutes to Success” series of last-minute guides. The first was “Ten Minutes to the Audition,” by actress Janice Lynde.

The Barnes & Noble at The Grove is B & N’s flagship store in Southern California. The address is 180 Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

For more information or to book appearances or interviews with the author, contact Claudia Sloan at Tallfellow Press, (310) 203-3837.

Tallfellow Press is an eclectic publisher located in Los Angeles. Its predecessor, Price Stern Sloan, is best known for publishing the popular word game "Mad Libs," the ever-true "Murphy’s Law" and the melodious "Wee Sing" Series.

Claudia Sloan
Tallfellow Press
(310) 203-3837, (310) 203-3893 fax,


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