Yesterday was the second #Pit2Pub that Ann and I hosted, and let me tell you ... it was a BLAST! We loved seeing all the favs by the Publishers and the RTs by the authors!
We hope that you've made a connection with a publisher or an author. That's the reason Ann and I do #Pit2Pub!
Last year when we came up with the idea, we knew we want to help authors! Both of us had spent hours creating that perfect 140-character pitch. Then bounced those sentences off others to see if it's fantastic. And finally created a couple more so we weren't posting the same one.
We know what you're going through. In fact, I did quite a few Twitter Pitch Parties so I know your pain. I remember what it was like to see that little colored heart, it was a star when I started, and then checking and re-checking my email to confirm that someone did in fact click on my pitch and favorited it. My heart pounded and my palms were sweaty, all the while hoping and praying that it wasn't an unintentional joke from a friend or some complete stranger marked it by mistake. I remember trolling the feed all day long and not actually working.
Because of those reasons that my cousin Ann and I created #Pit2Pub. Why not pay it forward? We both are fortunate enough to have two published books, and working on our third. But let's face it, the best reason for us doing this? IT'S FUN!
So after we had one #Pit2Pub event under our belts, we thought of ways to make it better the next time around. Then we decided to why not do #Pit2Pub twice a year! In order to do that, we partnered with DigiWriting to help us spread the word. I heard that #PitMad changed their rules to slow the feed down. Ann and I thought long and hard on it, I polled some of the Publishers who had already signed up for the next #Pit2Pub ... and we decided to do a compromise. We limited the number of tweets by the authors and created the "Rule: 1-2-3". The feed was out of control and a monumental task to sort by the Publishers; the faster they could find the gems, the faster the authors would get a favorite.
I hope you all felt that there was plenty of advertising ahead of time. We tried to blast the rules, the date, the hashtags out as many times as possible. I'm sure all my blog, Facebook and Twitter followers were sick of seeing my posts only about #Pit2Pub.
Then we decided to share "Success Stories" on our blogs to showcase that #Pit2Pub really does work in getting the publishers and authors together. And we created the Facebook Group: #Pit2Pub Peeps. Join to group to keep up to date on all #Pit2Pub information. You can also get help with pitches here in the group, too (no Publishers, please).
To take it a step further as Publishers signed on, we created "Publisher Spotlight" (Kristin's Blog) and "Meet the Press(es)" (on Ann's Blog) so you could get to know the Publishers participating in #Pit2Pub.
The final count was 43 confirmed Publishers. WOW! And the day of the event, 2 more Publishers and 1 agent posted their requirements. Again, we saw many favs on pitches so I know this worked for a lot of you. But for others, chin up ... and keep plugging away. Your turn will come; just like it did for Ann and I. If there is anything I can do to help you (authors), email me! Not only do I co-host #Pit2Pub, but I help authors in other ways where I can share my experiences and knowledge to "Pay It Forward." Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or stalk my website (you could also buy my book, too! J/K ... no, I'm not. Yes, yes, really I am!) We do #Pit2Pub without expecting anything in return. All we want is to provide the opportunity for authors to find homes with publishers. That said ...
The next #Pit2Pub event will be: July 13, 2016!!!
Thank you to all who participated: the authors, editors, DigiWriting, and the Publishers: Anaiah Press, Beachwalk Press, Blaze Publishing, Bliss Group Books, BookFish Books, Blue Moon Publishers, City Owl Press, Clean Teen Pub, CleanReads, Crimson Cloak Publishing, Crimson Frost, Crimson Tree Pub, Curiosity Quills, Dancing Lemur Press LLC, DingbatPublishing, Divertir Publishing, Entangled, European Geeks Publishing, Evernight Publishing, Fantasy Work Publishing, Fire Quill Publisher, Glass House Press, Jolly Fish Press, Limitless Publishing, Literary Wanderlust, Little Lamb Group, Molten Press, Pandamoon Publishing, Paper Gold Publishing, REUTS Publications, Riptide Publishing, River Ram Press, Sands Press, Samhain Publishing, Solstice Publishing, Solstice Shadow, Soul Mate Publishing, Summer Solstice, Three Worlds Press, Torquere Press, Urbane Publications, and Untreed Reads Publishing.
#Pit2Pub would not be successful if it wasn't for everyone listed!
So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
Kristin D. Van Risseghem, Author Ann M. Noser, Author
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New #Pit2Pub Publisher Spotlight: Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing, Inc. @RamPubInc @AnnMNoser @DigiWriting @Pit2Pub
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RRPI accepts submissions of every fiction genre in every phase of development. With each query and submission, we give full feedback, whether we chose to work with you or not. RRPI will never accept money from any of our creators.
Each submission will consist of the following items:
Please submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the form on the website.
Drum Roll Please: 43 Confirmed Publishers to Monitor the #Pit2Pub Twitter Feed on February 3! @Pit2Pub @AnnMNoser @DigiWriting
KEEP IN MIND THE RULE OF: "1 - 2 - 3"
If you are planning to participate in the next #Pit2Pub on February 3, 2016, please be aware that we are implementing a NEW Rule. To help the publishers sort all the authors tweeting, we are only allowing 1 pitch per manuscript every 2 hours during the duration of the #Pit2Pub party on February 3 in the 12-hour time period, starts at 8AM and ends at 8PM (CST or CDT, which is Chicago time).
The publishers will favorite (HEART) pitches they would like to see more of. Some publishers will tweet their requirements the day of the event, while others will direct you to their website for the submission details.
Authors can Retweet (RT) other authors' pitches to show their support.
While we can't stop the authors from tweeting the same pitch, or more than the 1 pitch every 2 hours, we would like your help! If you see anyone posting the same or more than allowed, please contact me by DM or email. Get ready to pitch on February 3, 2016, starts at 8AM and ends at 8PM (CST or CDT, which is Chicago time).
The offending author will be placed on a NAUGHTY list and these profiles will be shared with the Publishers. It will be up to the Publishers if they still want to fav your pitch. If they have already done so, it'll be on a case-by-case basis if the Publisher will withdraw their request for you to submit to them.
And to take it a step further, if we catch you, we will Direct Message you and ask to take your post down or revise it.
Please, please don't make us do this. This isn't how we want to run #Pit2Pub. We trust that each author will READ the instructions and comply. Help out your fellow authors and tweet to them so they can remove their own post(s). We still want #Pit2Pub to be fun and enjoyable and not having the hosts turn into task masters.
Let's all work together!!!
Reminder: The pitch must include the hashtag #Pit2Pub, the Age Group, and the Genre (#YA, #MG, #A, etc. see chart below) in the tweet. It's important to include the hashtag(s).
Age Groups Hashtags:
#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children's
#CB = Chapter Book
#CL = Children's Lit
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA - New Adult
#A = Adult
My last #Pit2Pub Success Story is with Jill Bowers. So sit for a few minutes and hear her story. This could be you on Wednesday, February 3, 2016!!!
Q: What is your name/pen name?
A: Jill Bowers
Q: What do you write? Genre?
A: YA Fantasy
Q: Tell us about yourself?
A: Once I stopped complaining about how hard it was to learn my letters, I loved writing. I've always wanted to be a "real writer." I've written stage plays, radio scripts, creative nonfiction, short fiction stories, and fantasy novels. I also love music, and I'm one of the composers-in-residence for the Westminster Bell Choirs in Logan, Utah. I love my long-haired dachshund, Jasmine. She's fat, bless her, but so adorable. My favorite part of every day is coming home and having her wait for me and dance around in excitement when I walk in the door.
Q: What prompted you to pitch your book in #Pit2Pub?
A: I was looking for any opportunity to pitch my book, because I had (and have) a lot of faith in the premise, and knew it just needed to find the right people at the right time. When I found out about #Pit2Pub, I was excited about the opportunities it presented. I'd participated in Pitch Parties before, and both times they'd led to me submitting my book. I was excited for a new experience.
Q: Tell about your #Pit2Pub experience.
A: I was taking a break at work (I'm a technical writer by day) and browsing through Twitter on my phone when I found out about #Pit2Pub. Thankfully, I had a pretty stellar manuscript ready, so I pitched my book. Blue Moon Publishers favourited the Tweet, and it all went from there. They answered me within two weeks (astonishing, I know!) and asked for the full manuscript. A few weeks later, they gave me a call and offered me a contract for not just the book, but the entire series. I'm so grateful I found #Pit2Pub that day, because without it, I'd just be a lonely writer with no publisher.
Q: Which publisher did you sign with?
A: Blue Moon Publishers
Q: Tell us about your upcoming book.
A: "Immortal Writers" tells the story of Liz, a writer whose words are so powerful that they've brought her stories out of the Imagination and into the Reality Field. Unfortunately, along with all of the good things, her villain has also come to life and is threatening to destroy the world. Only Liz can stop him, but first she has to learn to master magic and slay dragons, all while getting to know other Immortal Writers like Shakespeare, Tolkien, Hughes, and others.
Q: When is your book scheduled to be released?
A: "Immortal Writers" is slated to be released in the fall of 2016.
Q: What is at the top of your bucket list?
A: As a writer or as a person? As a person, I want to visit London and tour the UK. As a writer, I want to be a guest at Comic Con, a guest on The Ellen Show, or, you know, make a lot of money. We'll see what happens.
Q: Parting words for other authors?
A: For one, give #Pit2Pub a try. It's not going to hurt you, and it just might be your ticket to success. Second, be persistent. Many people have the talent and the ideas to be professional writers, but they lack the persistence. Don't be one of those people. Pursue your dreams. Keep querying, as painful as each rejection is. When you hit head-first into writer's block, rally through it and finish your projects. Persistence is key.
Links to your FB: https://www.facebook.com/immortalauthorjill/
Divertir Publishing is an independent publisher located in Salem, NH. Our goal is to provide interesting and entertaining books to our readers, as well as to offer new and exciting voices in the writing community the opportunity to publish their work. We seek to combine an understanding of traditional publishing with a unique understanding of the modern market to best serve both our authors and readers.
We use a combination of digital printing (print-on-demand) and distribution in electronic formats for the majority of our books. We understand that relying solely on digital printing and eBooks limits our access to some distribution channels (such as brick-and-mortar bookstores). We believe the cost savings resulting from the use of these technologies will allow us to publish in niche areas which are not currently served by many publishers – such as publishing short story collections. We limit the number of books published each year to guarantee that each book receives the individual attention required to create the highest quality product possible.
Divertir Publishing feels the most effective way to introduce up and coming authors to our readership is through the use of short stories. To this end, our strategy is to publish several short story collections each year, in addition to an online magazine that will be started at the end of 2014. Each collection will have a common theme, while the magazine will feature an assortment of stories.
Please note queries that do not follow our submissions guidelines, do not contain the correct information in the email subject, or are sent to the wrong email address will automatically be rejected.Authors can refer to our For Authors page for more information about what we are interested in and how we compensate authors.
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