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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#PitMad is Coming September 10th

Hosted by the fabulous Brenda Drake, #PitMad is a Twitter pitch party where writers can pitch their completed, polished manuscripts to agents and editors who will be perusing the feed. It is a great opportunity that has landed many an author an agent, and even contracts with publishers based off an editor's interest from #PitMad.

So how do you join in? First, you must have a completed and polished (this means no first drafts!) manuscript that you feel is ready for submission. Next, come up with several great 140 character pitches to post on Twitter throughout the day. Then, watch for agents and editors to favorite your pitch. If they do, check their profile for a way to submit to them (they will likely have tweeted details on how to that day, if not, click on their website link). A favorite means you are invited to submit. That means, if you aren't an agent or a publishing house editor, do NOT favorite writer's tweets. You can retweet them, but don't favorite them as that is only for requests. There are other hashtags besides #PitMad that you will need to use. More details here

Since pitches are so short, it doesn't hurt to have a link on your Twitter profile to where agents and editors can read more about you and/or your manuscript. I love to see samples of an author's writing somewhere on their website or blog, even if it isn't samples of what they're pitching. 

9 comments:

  1. I love #PitMad! Haven't participated in it myself, but I've stalked and read many pitches.

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  2. So much fun. I pitched at one of those sessions a couple years back, and it was a rush. It would be fun to have something to throw out there this year, but I'm already behind on my deadlines. Big time. Here's wishing all the entrants huge success!

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    1. I know the feeling, Crystal, so much to do, so little time. :)

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  3. I've never done this and wasn't quite sure what happens at them. Thanks for explaining it. Hope you find some great submissions.

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    1. They are fun, Natalie. Agents and editors favorite pitches they want to invite to sub to them, and fans/friends retweet to give the pitches more exposure.

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  4. Yay, love #PitMad! Have fun being on the other side of the fence :) I bet that's fun as an editor.

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  5. Sounds like an intriguing idea. I wish all the participants great luck. -)

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