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eBook Summit Book Pitch Party Winners

ebooksummit23.jpgLast night our distinguished judges revealed the winners of the first annual eBook Summit book pitch party.

These three writers won a free trip to our eBook Summit on December 15th, where literary agent Kate McKean, Movable Type Literary Group founder Jason Allen Ashlock, and Cursor founder Richard Nash will share book proposal advice for all writers. The one-day summit will feature practical case studies from a range of publishers, including  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Mischief and Mayhem, Open Road Media, and HarperCollins. The program also includes digital survival tips from writers Douglas Rushkoff and Ken Auletta.

The pitch party winners were: The Robin Hood of Harlem: The Complex Criminal Life of Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, a biography by Margaret Johnson and Leonard J. Greene; No More Tears: A Mom’s Guide to 50 Fabulous Trips, a travel guide by Anne Uglum; and The Speed At Which I Travel, an earthbound sci-fi novel by Chris Cole. Meet the other finalists below.

The eBook Summit Book Pitch Party Finalists

The Prodigal Hour, a time travel thriller by Will Entrekin.
Entrekin is a writer, professor, personal trainer, and Eagle scout.  He has an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from USC and an MBA in marketing from Regis.  His debut novel Meets Girl is available exclusively at his website, and will be released for Kindle later this month.

Swing Set, an erotic comedy by Joanna Kadish.

During the 1990s, I wrote as a free-lance contributor for Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Monthly and Washington CEO Magazine. I profiled Pacific Northwest leaders, identified trends in business, education and lifestyle. Before that, I was a regular contributor to The New York Times for several years, my articles appearing in the Sunday New Jersey section on a variety of community-related issues. My stories dealt with clashes between real estate developers and homebuyers to towns divided over schools and environmental issues. As a contributor to The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland Press, Crain’s Cleveland Business and  Ohio Live Magazine, I wrote about culture and lifestyle, and followed consumer business trends.

The Bent , a gritty verse novel by Rachel Kann
Kann’s writing (poetry and fiction) appears most recently/is forthcoming from Eclipse, Permafrost, Quiddity, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review, and Lalitamba. She’s performed her poetry with acts including daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, and Rahzel, at venues like Disney Concert Hall, the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, and the Vans Warped Tour. Accolades include James Kirkwood Fiction Awards, Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards, LA Weekly Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards Critic’s Picks, and the International Slam Idol. Rachel’s also an award-winning performance artist and mixed-media collage artist as well as DJ.

Once Beneath the Stars, an inspirational novel based on the real life story of quarterback paralyzed in a freak accident by Roseann S. Lentin.
Lentin is a writer and editor, currently working as a Director at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, a national law firm. An award winning editor of “New York New York” a publication of the Association of Legal Administrators, she was Editor in Chief for Best Practices in Legal Management, a book published by the New York State Bar Association this year.  In 2011, Roseann will launch Turn the Page Publishing, an indie publisher of books and magazines.

In Easy to Epic: One Woman’s Arizona Trail 300 Adventure and Beyond, a sports memoir about competing in a 300-mile mountain bike race by Mary Reynolds.
Reynolds has written for the Philadelphia City Paper and Virginia Commonwealth University alumni magazines. I’ve built the Appalachian Trail in the Pisgah National Forest, NC, and the Buttermilk Trail in downtown Richmond, VA. Now I serve on the coordinating committee for Tucson Bike Fest, and I volunteer with Sonoran Desert Weedwackers to rid the desert of invasive plants. I work for the Town of Sahuarita, Arizona, as Community Communications Coordinator.

Parents Know Poop: 100 Toilet Training Tips, a lighthearted handbook by Andi Silverman.
Silverman is the author of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” (Quirk Books 2007). She also runs the blog Mama Knows Breast. Before writing this book, and taking care of her kids, Andi was an on-air reporter for the CBS and Fox affiliates in Boston. Andi is also a lawyer, but it’s been a long, long time since she wore a suit.

Across the River: A City Girl Finds Peace In Greener Pastures, a coming-of-age at 40 memoir by Tina Traster.
Traster is the author of Burb Appeal: The Collection, a humorous compilation of essays based on her popular, eponymous New York Post column. The collection is available on Amazon and on Kindle. Traster also writes the Great Divide blog on the Huffington Post, and her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals and on NPR. Her essays have been anthologized in two recent collections.

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