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Book-to-Screen PitchFest Las Vegas Connects Aspiring Self-Published Authors with Agents, Producers and Studio Execs

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Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), the world leader in indie book publishing, today announced it is bringing its industry-shaping Book-to-Screen PitchFest to Las Vegas. The ASI-hosted event offers authors the rare and unique opportunity to bring their story ideas face to face with representatives from all walks of the entertainment industry. PitchFest Las Vegas will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip, on Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24.

In 2011, PitchFest events in Los Angeles and New York made it possible for authors to deliver their story ideas for movie and TV show adaptation directly to Hollywood decision-makers. Just like the previous PitchFest events, PitchFest Las Vegas is designed as both a learning and pitching experience, where authors participate in both group and one-on-one instructional sessions allowing them to refine their pitches before delivering them to the representatives in attendance.

All 150 expected attendees will deliver their refined pitches to at least seven industry professionals representing different entertainment-based companies. The two authors who garner the most positive response will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch to a top Hollywood producer, who will consider their pitches for further development as film or television projects.

“PitchFest provides authors genuine access to Hollywood decision-makers that, until recently, seemed completely out of reach,” said Marcus Chait, ASI’s director of film and new media. “The success of ASI’s previous PitchFest events demonstrates that there is a real demand for this service on both ends. Authors are very eager to have their books considered for development, and Hollywood is continually searching for new ideas; it was a natural fit.”

PitchFest Las Vegas begins with a learning workshop where “The King of the Pitch,” producer Robert Kosberg, teaches authors how to formulate an effective, compelling pitch. Participants are then given the opportunity to create or rework their story pitches before delivering them in a practice round to either Kosberg, Chait, or ASI senior vice-president of marketing, Keith Ogorek. Then finally, in speed-dating fashion, the authors will each have two minutes to deliver their fine-tuned book pitches to representatives from the participating entertainment companies.

Between both previous PitchFest events, there were more than 120 requests from the Hollywood executives on more than 80 different titles. Among the various success stories, famed Hollywood producer Paula Wagner, whose credits include “Mission: Impossible” 1, 2 and 3, “The Last Samurai,” “The Others” and “Vanilla Sky,” optioned the film, television and stage rights to author Trisha Ventker’s book, “Internet Dates from Hell,” which is currently in development.

Book-to-Screen PitchFest Las Vegas is available exclusively to ASI and ASI partner imprint authors. For more information about ASI, ASI’s partner brands or for information about self-publishing, visit http://www.authorsolutions.com.

About Author Solutions, Inc.
Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is owned by Bertram Capital and is the world leader in indie book publishing. ASI’s leading self-publishing imprints—AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris—have helped more than 100,000 authors self-publish, promote and bring to market more than 170,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and provide authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI’s global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.authorsolutions.com, and follow @authorsolutions on Twitter for the latest news.

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