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Lit Fest Update: Pitch Sessions with Editors Are Now Open

Lit Fest 2012 has officially kicked off, and we are in high gear. We are also opening up more opportunities. During our Business Weekend, which runs from Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 16, agents and editors will be meeting with Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Full-Access pass holders in one-on-one consultations. However, we are now opening “pitch sessions” with editors from Clarkesworld, 5280, Fort Collins, and Breckenridge to any Lit Fest participant. (Limited space is available.) Have a great idea for an article and want to get an editor’s feedback? Are you a writer looking to acquire those much-needed clips? This might be the right opportunity for you.

Lit Festers can now register for individual editor meetings. Registrants also get to attend the panel session “Breaking into the Freelance Market” with Jason Heller, Geoff Van Dyke, and Cara McDonald on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. For more information or to sign up follow this link.

Let Me Introduce You to Today’s Featured Editor – Jason Heller of Clarkesworld

Jason’s debut novel, Taft 2012, was released in January 2012. His nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including Clarkesworld where he is the nonfiction editor. Check out his complete bio at our website or in the Lit Fest 2012 brochure.

Interested in taking a meeting with Jason? He’s available (in 15 minute sessions) on Saturday, June 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Here, in his own words, is what Jason’s looking for and what he’s willing to look at:

I’d be happy to speak one-on-one with anyone interested in music journalism (my specialty) and other arts-and-entertainment journalism. As the former City Editor of Denver’s A.V. Club, I have extensive editing experience in those areas. Right now, I’m actively soliciting nonfiction submissions for Clarkesworld Magazine, where I’m the nonfiction editor. Clarkesworld is one of the top science fiction/fantasy publications in the country, nominated for the Nebula Award and twice winning the Hugo Award. Accordingly, Clarkesworld’s nonfiction section specializes in science fiction and fantasy — so anyone interested in pitching articles about the wide, weird world of those genres, Clarkesworld pays the highest rate for nonfiction articles among its competitors (up to $250 per article). What I’m hoping to see most in their work: a broad knowledge of the subject(s) at hand, an avoidance of clichés and cuteness, and a conversational yet authoritative voice.

Jason has a lot of advice and guidance to offer. Here’s a quick sample of his insight and expertise:

TWO TIPS FROM JASON HELLER

1. Take every rejection as an opportunity to learn and grow–not to mention network. A rejection from an editor isn’t the sound of a door closing; it’s the sound of one opening.

2. Give yourself goals, deadlines, punishments, and rewards. Write them down. Tack them to your wall. Stick to them.

If you have questions about meeting Jason or need to check his availability, email Marie at marie@lighthousewriters.org. Meetings are scheduled on a first come first served basis.

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