Episode #034 Pitching at Conferences with Sarah Gates

Ever wanted to try your hand at pitching your book at a writer's conference or festival? Then this podcast episode is for you! This week, Kim chats to first-time author, Sarah Gates, who pitched her contemporary romance novel at two separate writer's conferences, which lead to it being requested by all seven (!) publishers, including Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Penguin, Random Romance, Simon & Schuster, Tule Publishing and Harlequin. She was offered a book deal with Harlequin for her novel, Love Elimination, which hits shelves on 1st July,

In this episode, Sarah shares the story behind how her book went from pitch to publication and shares some of her top tips for pitching at conferences. For more of her pitching pearls of wisdom, make sure to check out this article she wrote on the very subject.

Sarah Gates is an Adelaide-based writer. She is an undergraduate student of Law and Arts and the 2015 winner of the $12,500 Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing. Sarah’s first novel, a young adult fiction, was originally published on Wattpad with over 9.5 million views. She has since self-published this work, and teaches workshops on ebooks and self publishing at SA Writers Centre.


Now in her early twenties, Sarah has turned her keyboard to writing contemporary romance novels full of glamour, handsome men and happy endings. Love Elimination, a fun, flirty insight into the behind-the-scenes of a reality television dating show, is due for release on 1st July 2016.When people ask her if she wants to be a lawyer, she laughs. She's perfectly happy writing and working in media and marketing and spends her time watching theatre, dancing and bingeing on reality television.

You can pre-order Sarah's book, Love Elimination, here.

You can connect with Sarah via her websiteTwitter and Instagram.


Kim and Vanessa also chat about this article in the NY Times by Jennifer Weiner.

And to check out the Literary Dinners hosted by Kirsty Manning visit her website here.