It’s hard enough sitting down and writing a 300-page novel. As for getting it published? If you don’t have the right connections (or if it’s not about vampires), forget about it. Or should you? The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully is the latest book by agents / authors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, and in their appearance this week called Pitchapalooza, they ask for your book pitches, with the winner getting connected with an appropriate agent in New York. Likewise, anyone who buys their book gets a free consultation on their story idea when the authors appear on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.