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Melbourne Show

27 August 2015 Leave a comment

A new show is going to begin in October!

Written by Mat Clarke, it will be a show that is also a mystery, that is also a puzzle, that is also a tour. Even if you live in Melbourne, you are still going to see things you have never seen before (even if it’s just the crazy actors), and have a good time.

This is the website:

Also, if you are an actor or funny person you may want to audition to be in the show!

Email Mat Clarke for details:


Pitching at Writers Digest 2015

2 August 2015 Leave a comment

Here we are at the other side of Pitch Slam at Writers Digest 2015 New York City. 
What happened today?

I went to a couple of talks, but only semi-listened because I was mostly thinking about pitching.

Lined up to enter the pitch 40 minutes early. Chatted to another Aussie I happened to stand next to out of 100 people, and then marked on my sheet where the agents I want to see will be sitting.

Then i entered and it was absolutely crazy!
Thriller Fest pitching was crazy as well, but you had a few minutes time to yourself if you needed it. I did feel like I had been awake for 22 days straight toward the end, however. But I felt like I had achieved something. A marathon, let’s say.
The WD pitch was like a sprint. And not a long sprint. It was a sprint across a street! Then on the other side someone slaps you in the face and says, That’s it you’re done, it’s over.
What I’m saying is, it was only an hour long at WD, and much time was standing in line or trying to find a short line. 
If I had only come for one event I would have been disappointed. I’m glad I came for both and had more opportunity.

I now have another 5 emails to send to agents from attending WD. However, only 2 were really interested.
Imagine flying over to the US from Australia and getting those small results.
ThrillerFest was for thriller writers, so I had more success, but I also had lots more time to pitch to more agents.

I had 8 agents to send my manuscript to after TF. However, only 5 were really interested.
Your findings may have been different. 
Let me know.

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Writers Digest Conference 2015 NY

1 August 2015 Leave a comment

So, the half day begins for the next conference. 

It began much like ThrillerFest, and even has a few of the same people. 

One good thing, which would have been nice for the start of the last conference I attended, was that they began with how to pitch to the agent or publisher face to face. Which is tomorrow, around midday. 

This will give everyone time to remaster their pitch.

Last time, I was reworking my pitch while standing in the line to see the agents. It was crazy, but I got it done and had a high success rate. 

So today is listening to info in the function rooms, such as: I’m listening on how to write for magazines. 

Tomorrow is the part where we actually pitch. The nerves, the heart beating so hard it may pop, the stretched face from smiling more than normal. The business cards, the saying of “umm” a lot. 

More on this and the results on Saturday. 


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