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June 2015 Third Thursday

6/18/2015 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Pitch Practice!


Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)


Attending the conference and need help preparing for your consultations? Or do you need help boiling down your book's plot in a brief, intriguing, and marketable way for query letters? Don't forget our "Pitch Practice" meeting next Thursday, June 18, at Book People. Learn tips from experts and come ready to discuss your own project!

Our distinguished panelists will be:


Ellie Scarborough Brett works with visionaries who are ready to become Media Bombshells, teaching them how to master their message and speak in a way that creates the most impact on camera, on stage and in conversation. After reporting on NBC for nearly a decade and founding a popular online business to help women get over heartbreak, she developed a unique process for building powerful and purposeful on-camera personalities. Now she works exclusively with entrepreneurs, authors and creators who are serious about positively impacting the planet with their message, and who are ready to harness the power of their unique voice to do it.


Becka Oliver joined the Writers' League in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big six” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group -- licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged in 2009.

Tracy Sutton Schorn
is a journalist, blogger, and cartoonist who pens the popular, snarky infidelity site Chump Lady (“Leave a cheater, gain a life”). Her columns frequently appear on Huffington Post Divorce, and the blog was voted one of the Top 10 Relationship blogs by Babble (part of Disney) in 2013.
Schorn is also the author of “The Chump Lady Survival Guide to Infidelity,” which self-published became a number #1 best seller on Amazon in divorce the first day it was for sale. Picked up by Running Press, the new and improved, full-color book comes out in March 2016.




This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.