Pitch Sessions

Pitch Session Information

We are planning Pitch Sessions for 2018. Please check back for additional information!

  1. Find a publisher who best matches the work you are pitching. The number one reason a book is rejected is because it is not a good fit for a publisher. To find the right publisher, you must read the publishers’ writers guidelines which we’ve provided below.
  2. Write up an elevator pitch for your book. This is a 150-word (or so) summary of your book. This is what you’ll tell the publisher first when you meet with him or her.
  3. Create a proposal or summary of your book that you can give to the publisher.
  4. Attend the pitch instruction session and bring your questions!
  5. Only paid Guild attendees are allowed to pitch at the conference. CMN passholders may sign up for a pitch with a $20 registration fee. Please contact us for more details.
  6. One more thing to note:
    • If you are a writer who has never been published and are pitching fiction (a novel) you must have the manuscript complete. You’ll also need a proposal.
    • If you are a writer who has never been published and you are pitching a non-fiction book, try to have three chapters done. The publisher will want a proposal.
    • If you have been published before and are either pitching non-fiction or fiction, you need not have the manuscript finished, but you should have a proposal completed.

Pitch Prep

Acquisition editors from two Catholic publishing houses give tips and advice on the daunting process of pitching a book. Learn the mechanics of a pitch, how to talk about your book, what editors like to see, and what you need to prepare. If you think you'll ever want to submit a manuscript proposal one of these days, the Pitch Prep session will be worth your time.

This session is mandatory for everyone signed up for a pitch session on Thursday morning.


Ave Maria Press

Ignatius Press

Marian Press

  • Joining our pitch session for the first time, this year!

Our Sunday Visitor

  • Manuscript guidelines
  • Interests include: self-help, personal/spiritual growth, and select children’s books
  • OSV does not publish fiction, poetry, or memoirs

Query Option

If you do not have a book to pitch, you may use a pitch slot to meet with the publisher for a few minutes and discuss a question you have. You would use the same amount of time as a pitch, but you can use that time to learn.

When you register for the pitch session, please let us know you'd like to query a publisher instead. We'll assign you a time slot. You may only make a query appointment with one publisher.

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