Are you thinking of doing the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party in February? Not sure if it's worth your time? Does anyone actually get a publisher?
If you've asked yourself any of these questions, I'm here to tell you (1) You should do #pit2Pub, (2) It's definately worth your time, (3) Here's just one SUCCESS story from M. J. Greenway who participated in the first ever #Pit2Pub last July 2015.
So let's see what M. J. Greenway has to say, shall we?
1. What do you write? Genre? NA Contemporary Romance
2. Tell us about yourself? I grew up in a small town and moved to L.A. after college. Adventures in that strange urban terrain inspired me to write my first novel, Dating Maggie.
My great passions have always included reading and writing. I write under the clouds of the Pacific Northwest where sometimes my husband and son pop in to check on me.
3. What prompted you to pitch your book in #Pit2Pub? I had submitted to some publishers sans agent-the old fashioned way. Some rejections and a revise and resubmit had tricked in. I was working on revisions when I heard about #Pit2Pub on Twitter. I noticed that there were publishers listed that I had not submitted to yet. It was perfect timing as my re-writes were just wrapping up. It was a great opportunity to try a second round of submissions in a unique new way.
4. Tell about your #Pit2Pub experience. I pitched a picture book that received no favorites. I also pitched my NA contemporary romance, Dating Maggie and it received eight favorites. I was thrilled!
This was the pitch: A hot rancher threatens to turn an actress/dating vlogger’s world upside down. #Pit2Pub # NA #R.
I researched the publishers that starred my pitch and decided to submit to a few of them. I was also waiting to hear from a publisher that was looking at my R & R that I’d submitted before I participated in #Pit2Pub.
Limitless Publishing requested a full a few days after my submission and a contract not long after that. The other publisher said they would need more time to review my revised MS before making a decision. I was happy with the Limitless contract and let the other publisher know that I had signed with another publisher.
5. Tell us about your upcoming book.
When Maggie’s 25th birthday rolls around she makes herself a promise. She will get a boyfriend and an acting gig by her next birthday. If it doesn’t happen, she will break up with tinsel town for good.
At least she’s got a cool day job as a movie studio tour guide. Her best friend Kate is also pretty great. Skinny botoxed blondes, traffic jams and sunshine have even kind of grown on her. She just yearns for more.
With renewed determination she decides to try a new dating app. She thinks it will give her plenty of fodder for her dating vlog. Then out of the blue she meets Brad, at a catering job. He’s cute and an actor too. She sees great potential in him.
At the same time, she befriends Cliff, a handsome rancher she met on one of her tours. He’s just in town for a wedding but lives in Maggie’s hometown of Portland. Once he learns about her dating experiences, he decides to keep in touch to ask her for dating advice.
Finally a promising audition comes her way and things seem to be falling into place. Just when life is starting to feel as warm as the California sun-life throws her some unexpected curveballs. As a result, she’s forced to make some hard choices. There’s a good chance her life may go in a direction she never would have dreamed of.
6. When is your book scheduled to be released? October 27, 2015 (TOMORROW!!!) Can we see your cover? Of course!!!
7. What is at the top of your bucket list? Funnily enough, my goal was to have a book published by the time I turned forty. It looks like it’s gonna happen just under the wire.
8. Parting words for other authors? For me, tenacity, patience, re-writing, #Pit2Pub and having a kid finally start kindergarten helped me on the road to publication.
I’m grateful to Kristin D. Van Risseghem and Ann M. Noser for hosting this contest and I hope to participate again in the future.