Time to practice pitching for ALMas and maybe get some contacts within the publishing industry to talk about getting permissions and books for our kids!
At Taking the Next Step, kind of a networking event for UChicago undergrads at the Marriott Hotel, Pete Beatty, an '03 graduate!
He works at Bloomsbury Publishing, and right now that publishing house has a series of literacy-dedicated non-fiction picture books.
Pitching, LIKE A BOSS.
I've asked Spencer Claxton, member of the ALMas' Research Committee to find information on Pete Beatty, because rule number of pitching:
1. KNOW YOUR PERSON!
That way, you can ask them about their career choices, their history, soften them up as friends--that way, when they see you're not only kind, dedicated, and intelligent, you plan and enact: you're a shaker with a heart!
People love shakers with hearts. Especially when those shakers seem to be little versions of themselves (which is where background information comes in!).
NEVER BE FALSE, however. The worst thing you can do is LIE.