I have discovered pitch parties on Twitter. There are a few of them out there. If you have a finished, unpublished manuscript that is ready to query you can participate in the pitch parties.
What are they? In one tweet, 280 characters, you pitch your manuscript. That’s it. Literary agents and publishers will read the tweets and if they like your pitch that is considered a request for materials. You get to query them specifically by their request.
Often with this type of query request, you might get a personalized rejection, or if you’re lucky and they like your query, then they will request more materials to read.
I’ve participated in a few and had 2 agents request partials and 3 publishers. There is no guarantee, but it is fun.
It’s important to pay attention to the time. EDT. if not sure what your time zone is compared, you can google it.
It is also essential to follow the rules. People will notice if you break the rules. The agents and publishers will notice. The general consensus is, if you can’t follow simple twitter pitch party rules, you might not be easy to work with. After all, you want to make a good impression.
I will be pitching for Prophecy Ink.
How do you write a pitch? I can get into the details, or you can watch this excellent short video at iWriterly by Meg Latorre. Click on image to see the video and her blog.
There are three things you want to highlight. Character, story and the stakes. It’s not a lot of space to work with, so the pitch needs to be compact.
Here are some that I used last time. I’ll be writing three new ones since twitter doesn’t like repeat pitches.
Betrayed by the police as a teen, Moira must now learn to trust a detective who can see her magic death-predicting tattoo. His presence puts Moira in the path of the assassins he’s tracking. With death all around them and chasing them, they must find the truth. #A #LF #F #PitMad
Moira gets three clues, two choices and only one small moment to change the prophesized death of a stranger. Assassins hunt her for defying the PROPHECY INK. She must learn the difference between saving lives to be free and saving a life so they may be free. #A #LF #F #PitMad
Moira doesn’t want to watch another person die horribly, nor to have assassins hunt her. She doesn’t want her life to fall apart beyond repair. It’s time for her to step up and find out who she is and what she’s made of. Oh, and save some lives along the way. #A #LF #F #PitMad
Each pitch is under 280 characters. That includes spaces and the #tags. I will write three new ones for this pitch. I have about 24 written for this story already.
I think it’s important to have three very different pitches. That way there is a better chance of catching someone’s attention.
It’s also fun to see what other people are writing about and how they pitch their story.
My advice about twitter pitch parties
If you’re querying, you should check these out. They are fun and a good way to get the attention of agents and publishers. As with anything, if you get a request, do your research, make sure they are legit. Have fun!