Perfect Pitch Prize Partners
Our prize partners generously provided more than $7000 in prizes!
First-Place Winner Receives Two Prizes. Click the links below to view details.
FIRST PLACE WINNER: Website (Co-prize)
A multi-page, custom designed professional website by AuthorBytes, valued at $4,000.
The prize includes:
- Home page that makes your brand shine
- Detailed book pages optimized for book discovery
- Value-added content
- Media room
- Smart lead capture tool for building a mailing list
- Onboarding and one year of hosting. After that, you will receive the special Tall Poppy hosting rate of $29/month. Note: your website can feature a maximum of three books (after that, there is a minor fee to add more).
AuthorBytes provides clients with a unique blend of 22 years of industry expertise, custom technology, and integrated hosting honed for WordPress sites. Numerous Tall Poppy Writers have benefited from AuthorBytes’ expertise and creativity, including Ann Garvin, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Tif Marcelo, Gin Phillips, Eliza Knight and Aimie K. Runyan.
FIRST PLACE WINNER: Critique (Co-prize)
A critique of your submitted pitch from Zibby Owens, CEO and editor of Zibby Books and Zibby Media. Zibby’s invaluable, expert feedback will help you forge ahead with writing query letters and other key pieces related to your manuscript.
Zibby Owens is an author, award-winning podcaster, entrepreneur, and CEO. Owens founded Zibby Media, a privately-held media company, in 2018, with her award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. The company has since grown to include the publishing house Zibby Books, the magazine Zibby Mag, the podcast network Zibby Audio, the education platform Zibby Classes, and community events like retreats, a book club, and a writing community. She is the author of the memoir Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature, the children’s book Princess Charming, and the editor of two anthologies.
SECOND PLACE: Single Page Website from AuthorBytes
Just need a basic site for one book? Need a pre-pub site to show your agent?
An AuthorBytes Essential Site is perfect for your needs.
The website includes:
- A beautiful single-page site with key information about book or book project
- Onboarding and one year of hosting. After that, you will receive the special Tall Poppy hosting rate of $20/month. Your single-page site can be converted to multi-page in the future.
BadRedhead Media, LLC
A one-hour consultation valued at $250 with Rachel Thompson of BadRedhead Media, LLC. The author of eight books, three specifically designed to help writers, Rachel will discuss your most pressing matters related to blogging, social media, book marketing, and/or author branding. The consultation will be through Zoom and is good for one year from the date that Rachel and the winner connect.
BONUS: Readers' Choice Award
A 50-minute strategy session with Author Accelerator CEO Jennie Nash.
Top book coach Jennie Nash will read up to 20 pages (standard manuscript formatting of 12-point Times Roman font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced), which can include a query letter, agent rejections, synopsis, or chapters—or a new Blueprint for a new book. You can ask Jennie about structure and story, about which project to write next, about your path to publishing, or about starting your own book coaching business. You can ask her anything! This strategy session will be available at a mutually agreeable time before August 31, 2023.
Jennie Nash is the founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, a company that trains, certifies, and supports book coaches so they can help writers do their best work. Her own coaching clients have landed top New York agents and six-figure book deals with traditional publishing houses such as Penguin, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette, and won dozens of national indie book awards. Client KJ Dell’Antonia’s novel, The Chicken Sisters, was an instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Client Jenn Lim’s business book, Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Jennie is the author of 11 books in three genres, including Blueprint for a Nonfiction Book: Plan and Pitch Your Idea and Blueprint for a Book: Build Your Novel from the Inside Out.
Everyone's a Winner
Everyone who submits an entry will receive:
- Book 20% off a new subscription to The Hot Sheet from Jane Friedman. Regular price $79/yr.
Continuously published since 2015, the purpose of The Hot Sheet is to provide top-grade publishing industry analysis to authors (both traditional and self-published), freelance editors and writers, as well as those serving writers and publishers—such as literary agents and ghostwriters. Agent Michael Larsen has said, "The Hot Sheet is like The Economist for publishing, only easier to read." Edited and published by Jane Friedman, The Hot Sheet offers:
- Unbiased coverage and perspective.
- No drama.
- Original reporting.