Got a book you want to pitch to an agent?

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Twenty lucky aspiring authors will have a one-minute chance Oct. 5 to pitch their book to award-winning literary agents at the first Pitchapalooza to be held in Bluffton.

The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Old Town Bluffton Inn, 3121 May River Road. It will serve as the kick off for the fourth annual Bluffton Book Festival, to be held Nov. 21-23.

Pitchapalooza is a new event for the festival. "I am always looking for ways to assist writers," said Rockelle Henderson, founder of the festival.

Pitchapalooza was founded by the bestselling author and agent team of Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, co-founders of The Book Doctors.

Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their books to Eckstut and Sterry. Each will have one minute to pitch a book idea to the judges.

The judges critique the pitches on elements from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and more. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapaloozas are educational and entertaining for all.

All attendees come away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

"We're excited to bring Pitchapalooza to the area and to have Arielle and David judging the competition," Henderson said. "Even if you are not one of the 20 selected, this is a room you want to be in if you are a writer."

At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner, who will receive an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his or her book.

Registration is $65 per person, or $30 per student, age 21 and under (ID required). Register online at BlufftonBookFestival.com.

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