Who has fun spending hours creating that perfect 140-character pitch? Then bouncing that sentence or two off others to see if it's fantastic? And finally having to create a couple more so you're not posting the same one every few hours?
I 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 star 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 a joke from a friend or some complete stranger marked it and not re-tweeted it by mistake. I remember trolling the feed all day long and not actually working.
So it's because of those reasons that my cousin Ann and I wanted to help other authors. Why not pay it forward? We both are fortunate enough to have a published book, and working on our second. But let's face it, the best reason for us doing this? IT'S FUN! So let's have a blast, help each other out, and maybe, just maybe, you'll find that perfect relationship between author and publisher.
Here’s the date for #Pit2Pub: July 15, 2015 starts at 8AM and ends at 8PM (CST or CDT, which is Chicago time).
What is #Pit2Pub?
A Twitter Pitch Party for writers to tweet a 140-character pitch for their completed manuscripts. Have several variations of your Twitter pitch available. 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 Books
#CL = Children's Lit
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult
Authors of all genres are welcome to pitch their completed and polished manuscripts. You can pitch more than one manuscript. Tweet your pitch throughout the day, but no more than twice per hour per manuscript.Remember to include the hashtag #Pit2Pub and genre.
The publishers may tweet their submission preferences and favorite your tweet if they wish to see more. If you get a favorite from a publisher, follow their submission directions on their website or look for them on this blog. Then send them their request as soon as you can. They may have tweeted what they want you to send, so check their twitter feed for that information.
Make sure to put “Pit2Pub Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email when sending your request.
Don’t tweet publishers directly, unless they tweet you first.
Don’t favorite friends’ tweets. You can RT your friends to show your support. Save favoriting for publisher requests to avoid confusion.
Be sure you research each requesting publisher. Don’t submit if you don’t want to work with them.
Be nice and courteous to each other and to the industry professionals. If you do see abuse, please report it to Twitter or notify Ann or myself right away.
Check back on this blog (http://www.kristinvanrisseghem.com/blog) or Ann's Blog (http://annmnoser.com) as we post the list of comfirmed publishers who have signed up to monitor the feed on July 15, 2015!
Thank you! And let the fun begin!!!