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June 2016 Third Thursday

6/16/2016 From 7 pm to 9 pm


Pitch Practice!


Thursday, May 19, 2016, 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)

Listen to a recording of this discussion on Soundcloud. For more information on our Third Thursday programming, visit the Third Thursday page on our website. 

Attending the conference and need help honing your pitch for consultations, cocktail mingling, and other networking opportunities? 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 Thursday, June 16, at Book People. Learn tips from experts and come ready to discuss your own project.



Lance Fitzgerald has two decades experience in subsidiary rights, and is currently VP, Director of Subsidiary Rights for The Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. Prior to that, he sold rights for Simon & Schuster and Putnam Penguin. He has sold rights for number one New York Times best-selling books including 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Other best-selling authors he has worked with include Andy Weir, Anthony Marra, Cynthia Bond, Mary Higgins Clark, Tom Clancy, Deepak Chopra, David McCullough, Walter Isaacson, and Bob Woodward. He is a member of the International Rights Directors Advisory Board, and has been a featured speaker at the Writer’s League of Texas, the Authors and Artists Representatives, the Columbia and NYU Summer Publishing courses, the Young-to-Publishing Group, and Slice Writers Conference.


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. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and non-fiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.





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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.