With so many Twitter Pitch Parties running in the year, I thought I'd go over some basics.
Authors of are welcome to pitch their completed and polished manuscripts. You can usually 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 required and the genre.
Publishers will tweet their submission preferences and favorite your tweet if they wish to see more. If you get a favorite from an agent or publisher, follow their submission directions on their website or look for them on the Twitter feed. Then send them their request as soon as you can.
Don’t tweet agents and 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 and agent 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 the host of the Twitter Pitch Party.
#KidPit: May 27, 2015. Instructions can be found here.
#PitMad: June 4, 2015. Instructions can be found here.
#SFFpit: June 18, 2015. Instructions can be found here.
#Pit2Pub: July 15, 2015. Instructions can be found here.
#ADpit: August 1, 2015. Instructions TBD.
#FanPit: September 1, 2015. Instructions TBD.
#PitMad: September 10, 2015. Instructions can be found here.
#PitMad: December 4, 2015. Instructions can be found here.
Q: What inspires you to write?
A: What inspired me to write is having a creative imagination, and being able to put it in to reality. I love to take images, pictures, and photo; bringing them to life with writing.
Q: Tell us about your writing process
A: When I see a picture, image or photo; my thoughts and imagination automatically reacts in to writing.
Q: For Fiction Writers: Do you listen to or talk to your characters?
A: Yes, I certainly do talk and listen to the fictional character I create. When I’m writing; I feel as though I’m in the sense with the character watching their every move.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: My favorite authors is Apryl Rice and L. Stine. I originally do not have any favorites; I just simply love a good book.
Q: How did you decide how to publish your books?
A: I joined a group on Facebook called “How to Publish Your Book,” I began asking questions, and the next thing I knew I’m writing and self-publishing a book on Createspace and Amazon.
Q: What do you think about the future of book publishing?
A: I think self-publishing is more easy and inexpensive. You are in control of how you want your books published. It is quick, easy and less of the trouble. I do believe that submitting books to publishing companies is expensive, and its more timely cost.
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I'm Tamikio L. Reardon, fiction novelist/writer/ self- publisher. I'm currently a student at Southern New Hampshire University majoring in Creative Writing/ Arts and English for my 1st bachelor's degree. My goal after graduation is to become a fiction novelist writing. I'm will also be self- publishing my eBook novels. If you have a strong interest and passion for reading and writing come and enjoy some of my stories and poetry on my website at www.tamikiolreardonfictionnovelist.weebly.com.
I'm Tamikio L. Reardon, Fiction Novelist and Poetry Writer/Self-Publisher. I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan currently residing in Farmington Hills Michigan. I'm a proud mother of a 4- year-old boy, and currently engaged to Dennis Dooley. I graduated from Henry Ford High School in 1994, continued to Goodwill Industries Greater Detroit in 1994-1995. During that time, I achieved a certificate in Data Entry and worked my first Data Entry job in 1995. In 2001, I went to Henry Ford Community College and obtained my associates degree in Computer Applications. Afterwards, I decided to take a break from college and just enjoy life. In 2010, I went back to college; I attended Devry University and found out later on in the semester that I was expecting my first child. On to another break again, I settled down away from college and raised my son up until 3- years of age. Now I'm back in college majoring in Creative Writing/Art and English for my 1st bachelor's degree. I decide to come up with my website/novels/cookbooks before I finished my major to start writing/ self-publishing my eBook novels. I hope each and every one of my readers who chose to visit my websites and read my books will enjoy some of my short stories, full stories and poetry. I'm a beginner starting on my journey to becoming a fiction novelist and poetry writer.
I know some of you have heard this before and to those who haven't, you will. It's on the back pages of the book, but I feel that it needs to be said again.
Thank you to my family and friends who support me in this whirlwind and crazy journey; your encouragements mean the world to me. To my book club peeps and cheering sections; thank you!
A very special thank you to my beta readers: Kris, Linda, and Christa. You read a not so polished draft, but helped me make it shine.
To my high school subject matter experts: Sarah, Lauren and Reegan. Thank you for bringing me back and reminding me of my high school days, even though it’s drastically different today.
To my wonderful friend Angie, who listens to my constant rants, triumphs and complaints. You keep me sane, whether you know it or not.
To the Plymouth, Dakota County, Eagan YA and The Loft Literary YA Writing Group who shared their wisdoms and experiences with me.
To my critique partners, Ann and Maria, for providing insight, telling me how it really goes, and being honest about words/scenes/characters when I didn’t want to listen. Even though I didn’t want to change, you still found the courage to make me understand the ‘why’ things should be deleted or moved. You pointed out areas where I needed to step away, so I could see the bigger picture. We all need someone to tell us: zip it and just write.
To my fantastic editors: Guinevere Graham, Libby Rasmussen and Jen Leigh. You helped me create better sentences, better scenes, and deeper characters. You assisted me in creating a magical world by getting the right words to fly off the pages.
A heartfelt thank you to Marya at Strong Image Editing. You understood what I was thinking and out came a beautiful cover. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!!
Jessica K., your eye captured what I was going for. Thanks for making the photo session really fun and entertaining. And who doesn’t want a shoe chair as a prop?
And lastly, to my husband, for picking up the slack in the household chores, for giving me enough alone-time to crank the words, and for adjusting our schedule so I could attend book functions. And for just being you. Without your support in this whole process, none of it would be a reality.
More publishers have signed up to participate in the first ever #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch party. The date, if you didn't mark it down is July 15, 2015.
Curiosity Quills Press is a publisher of hard-hitting dark sci-fi, speculative fiction, and paranormal works aimed at adults, young adults, and new adults.
We provide our authors with a full-service publishing experience, marketing support, and technical know-how, while ensuring that these literary marauders are truly the cream of the crop through a highly selective acquisition process.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
Blue Moon Publishers: Once in a Blue Moon, a story comes along that captures hearts and imaginations, and we shine a light on these new voices. Blue Moon Publishers is a boutique publishing house in Toronto, committed to publishing literary writing that inspires, encourages, and has a profound impact on the lives of readers. Our main lines are Women’s Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Children's Fiction. We are very proud of our books and emphasize the marketing of our titles.
We choose titles carefully and work with a select number of authors each year to create and produce books of noteworthy literary quality. Our authors are part of our literary family, and our dedicated editorial and publicity team works closely with them every step of the way. We look forward to discovering new voices and sharing them with readers around the world!
Zoe Jabril could be just another 17-year-old girl attending parties with her friends and checking out cute guys—except her best friend is a Guardian Angel, and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, half-angel, both sent to Earth to protect her. A high school classmate happens to be a trendsetting shopaholic fairy. And now there’s a new werewolf in town.
Zoe has to deal with her feelings toward Shay, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. Now Zoe is under constant attack from demons, trying to kill and stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite the Enlightens to battle evil. Then on top of that, between boring homework and drama with girls at school, she has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.
In order to do so, Zoe must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time. She turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.
I stumbled into Kieran as a tremor moved through me, the hairs on my arms stood at attention like tiny lightning rods. “Do you feel that?” my voice sounded breathless, even to me.
He glanced sideways, “Feel what?”
“Look.” I held out my arms to him, “I feel strange. Like someone…” I rubbed my slightly numb hands over my forearms and sucked in a breath, as he hooked his head around. I fell into step beside him. “Never mind. It’s probably nothing.”
This happens when lightning’s about to strike, right?
The heat from the sun radiated off the few cars parked along Boutique Row, their owners engaged in mid-afternoon shopping. Store fronts displayed the new and trendy ‘must-have’ dresses, shorts, and shoes for the spring season. I paused to see my reflection. Not a hair was out of place. Thank God.
The Coffee Grind’s signature cinnamon dessert scent wafted through the air and my teeth hurt with the memory of sinking them into it time and again. What I wouldn’t give to be able to park my back end on one of their leather wing-back chairs and crack open a book, while the fire crackled next to me in the original stone hearth.
“Earth to Zoe,” Kieran’s gentle voice broke my trance. He poked my shoulder. “Are you going to order or what?”
My face flamed. “You could’ve ordered for me.” I rummaged through my purple backpack. “You know I get the same thing every time.”
Kieran watched me rub my arms, as he told the cashier, “She’ll also have an ice water.” He tilted his head toward the menu board. “Anything else?”
“Did you order me a chai?” I asked.
“Cause you know I can’t function without a good cup of—”
“You can’t function with it, either.”
Then I turned my attention toward the clerk, unsure if I recognized him or not. I hope he doesn’t know me. “Nothing else. Thanks.” I handed him some bills.
“How’s track going, Zoe?” the clerk asked.
“Think you’ll make it to State?”
I realized he was a sophomore on the team. Our paths crossed during several meets. He looked thin in his black polo shirt, and I knew a mirror would reflect a similar physique in me, though my lavender sundress tried to disguise it.
I shrugged. “I have fast times, but we’ll see. If I don’t make it this year, there’s always senior year.”
My fingertips skimmed the glass display of mammoth muffins and assorted pastries as we moved down the aisle to the ‘Pick-up Here’ sign. A heavy coffee aroma hung in the air.
A figure in dark clothing with yellow-tipped, spiked hair stared at me from outside the glass entrance door. His eyes narrowed on contact with mine.
Chills rushed through my body.
Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small river town in Minnesota with her parents and older sister. And after receiving a double Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Paralegal and Corrections, she worked as a Paralegal for various law firms around the Twin Cities for 14 years. Then she left the legal field and is now a Senior Buyer for a technology company.
Currently, Kristin lives in Eagan with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.
In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!
Kristin’s first book, The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos, is published by Kasian Publishing.
Today I have the priviledge of interviewing author, J.B. Taylor. Virtually, we sat, or maybe he stood, while I asked him a bunch of very random questions.
1. If you could pick one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why? Fried Catfish
2. If you were a chair, what kind of chair would you be? (Comfy leather chair)
3. What inspires you? (The blank page, that missing sentence that needs my words)
4. What motivates you in life? (Happiness, and the desire to experience it often.)
5. What’s your favorite book? (P.N. Elrod: Jonathan Barrett, Gentleman Vampire)
6. What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone? (I lived in Germany for four years, and am ambidextrous)
7. What three traits define you? (Fun, Determined, Smart)
8. What’s most important in your life? (Family)
9. What did you have for breakfast? (Coffee, followed a short time later with a bowl of Gluten Free Rice Chex.)
10. Describe the color purple to somebody who's blind. (It’s a silky smooth color, thank satin fabric.)
11. What do you think of garden gnomes? (They’re funny)
12. What’s your favorite 80’s song? (“Pour Some Sugar on Me” Def Leppard Def Leppard)
13. Where do you like to write? (Anywhere is fine, but I like the quiet of my office)
14. If you were alone on an island and had 3 wishes, what would they be? (A good book, a beautiful woman, and an endless supply of paper and pencils so I can write some good books of my own)
15. If you could bring to life anyone who has died, who would it be and why? (King Henry the VIII. So I can get the real story of what happened during his time as king.)
16. If you could visit any city in the world, where would you go? (London) It seems so beautiful to me.)
17. When you were a child, what did you always want to be when you grew up? (Ace Ventura, then a power ranger, then a baseball player)
18. Which Harry Potter house would you belong to? (Ravenclaw)
Feature 1: The Benedict House is notorious for its paranormal activity-- talking walls, triple homicides, and ghosts aplenty. So what better way for a celebrity paranormal reality show to put itself on the map then by investigating this infamous house? The only catch is; this house doesn't like to allow out, what it allowed in.
Feature 2: The lives of an actor, a thug, and two super heroes collide when a daring heist goes wrong. Their lives will never be the same, some for the better; others for the worst
I was born in Indiana where I still reside with my three lovely dogs. I have published multiple shorts stories, and have a few audiobooks produced through ACX. I am currently working on three stories with more audiobooks on the way.
Fantasy Works Publishing: We are a fantasy publishing company offering full service (absolutely no fees) to our authors and excellent, well edited, high quality books for our readers. When we say that we accept series, we mean the entire series at one time. Reason being, our wish is to relieve the author of the burden associated with completing book two. By that, I mean the burdensome task of shopping book two around to yet another publisher before beginning book three. It’s a nasty little cycle we aim to eradicate.
We also understand this goes against the grain of traditional publishing. Who cares. They only want to test the waters with new authors, and if immediate success isn’t found, then toss you to the curb and move on to the next author. The thing is, with any new author, success is rarely found in the first book. Usually, it is the author’s productivity, relentless marketing and proven quality of work that leads to sustained success.
Pandamoon Publishing: Pandamoon Publishing is an independent publishing house in Austin Texas. We are a royalty-paying, non-subsidy publisher who believes the relationship between the author and the publisher is paramount to success. We are different in that our management team has decades of invaluable experience in publishing and other technology and consumer industries and we bring the best practices of each to the publishing realm.
I am a successful serial entrepreneur and this is my third startup. My first company was an advertising agency which focused on traditional advertising, market research, and an interactive division that was responsible for delivering content to customers in new and exciting ways. After 12 years, I sold that company and started a global management consultancy practice which provided companies with operational, procedural, publishing, and marketing solutions. I sold my interest in that firm last year and have been focused on creating Pandamoon since then.
Pandamoon is a unique opportunity that utilizes all of my skill sets at once, as well as my love of technology, publishing, marketing, and lifelong learning. I have spent the last year building a team of extremely experienced and talented editorial, production, and publicity people who share my passion for building strong relationships with our authors. Everyone here has been quick to learn the value of and adopt my processes that are so efficient that we can reduce production time and return a much higher royalty rate to our authors. Bottom line, I know that our success is totally dependent upon the level of customer service, support, and response that we provide our readers and authors.
Dingbat Publishing: We want stories that are different, fresh, original, timeless. Story quality is far more important than genre or length. Is it well written? Is it a story that gets us excited? Can we believe in these characters and want to see them through to their journey's end?
If you've written a story that doesn't fit easily into a typical genre subdivision — such as a paramilitary psychological mystery, or an inspirational young adult comedy thriller, or a mainstream romance with comedic elements — then your story might be what we're looking for.
Bookfish Books: BookFish Books is a publisher of quality young adult, new adult, and middle grade fiction. Our team works alongside our authors to create the best possible work, novels our authors and our house can stand behind proudly.
We are looking for middle grade, young adult, and new adult novels in all subgenres. Both published or unpublished, agented or unagented authors are welcome to submit.
Solstice Publishing: Summer Solstice Publishing is looking for Fiction, Romance, Mystery. All sub-genres are accepted. Desired genres: Action Adventure, Suspense/thriller, westerns. All word length accepted.
#YA Gay Teen, Historical, Sci-Fi, Realistic Life, any well written #YA novel.
#Romance Gothic, Historical, Military, LGBT, Paranormal, Sweet, Futuristic, any well written
#Erotica well written erotica
#Westerns series or stand alone, historical or contemporary, we accept all well written westerns
#NA all well written novels for 18 - 25 year old readers
Anaiah Press: Our goal is to provide our authors with the close-knit, hands-on experience of working with a small press, while making sure they don't have to sacrifice quality editing, cover art, and marketing. Authors who sign with Anaiah Press can expect:
Clean Teen Publishing: At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe our authors, who create new and amazing literary worlds, deserve to receive a large share of the profits that their art creates. We also believe that our authors deserve the support of quality editing, breathtaking covers, and the power of a strong marketing presence behind them.
As authors ourselves, we know that your writing comes from your heart and, in a sense, is a part of you. We will carefully protect that part of you and work hard to keep your creative vision alive.Clean Teen Publishing is currently looking for well-written YA (young adult) or NA (new adult) fiction novels that are between 50,000 and 110,000 words. While we accept stand-alone books, our ideal submission would be the first two books in a series or a novel and a novella that is a prequel to the novel. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking. We are seeking authors who are 18 or older and ready to work hard to build their author brand and to actively market their books along side us.
Crimson Tree Publishing is currently looking for well-written fiction novels that are between 50,000 and 100,000 words. While we accept stand-alone books, our ideal submission would be the first two books in a series or a novel and a novella that is a prequel to the novel. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking.
We are open to many genres, but prefer Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, Light Science Fiction, Light Fantasy, Historical Romance, Steampunk, Suspense and Mystery. Please note that while this is our adult imprint of Clean Teen Publishing, we still prefer manuscripts that are not heavy on sexual content, violence or language. We are seeking authors who are ready to work hard to build their author brand and to actively market their books along side us.
Soulmate Publishing: Soul Mate Publishing welcomes you to romance, where two become one. We offer high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world. Our novels, written by only the finest authors, will be available both electronically and in paperback.
Whether you enjoy traditional romance or are searching for stories that push the limits, you'll find what you're looking for. We are NOT the same old thing!
If you are a budding author who needs a publisher to seriously look at your work, just follow the instructions under the Submissions link at the top of this page. We WILL look over your materials and provide a personal response.
We are actively seeking authors who can tell an exciting story and aren’t afraid to venture into new territory. We encourage novels that are original and blur the genre lines. Soul Mate Publishing is a royalty-paying publisher currently accepting submissions for the following Romance Genres: Action/Adventure, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Inspirational, New Adult, Novellas, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Futuristic, Suspense/Thriller, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy, Women’s Fiction, Young adult
Remember, blending of genres is allowed and encouraged. Varying levels of sensuality are welcome, however all stories should have an upbeat ending. (NO depraved or illegal acts, bestiality, or pedophilia.).
Entangled Publishing: Founded by industry-savvy women, Entangled Publishing’s bold new business model combines powerhouse distribution with the agility of indie publishing, utilizing innovative digital strategies to connect with readers around the world.
Our revolutionary approach to publishing has led to phenomenal growth and success. The company opened for submissions in February 2011. Our first print titles released in August 2011, and we launched our first category romance imprint six months later. We now have 11 imprints serving the teen and adult romance marketplace, have signed over 600 authors, and release 35-50 books each month, selling an average 70,000 total copies every week.
To date, we have 36 USA TODAY and 14 New York Times bestsellers. Entangled was also the first small press to crack the New York Times Bestselling Children’s Series list, debuting at #4.
Henry Press: Henry Press is a tiny publishing company from Manchester, UK. We publish books, prints, zines and maps. We also offer a straightforward printing service for publications, prints and publicity material. Let us know what we can do for you.
Q: What inspires you to write?*
A: Lots of things can inspire me. A sunset, the ocean (I miss the ocean), watching kids play, a walk in the woods, video games, movies, a good book, the scenery going by on a road trip; all these can trigger an inspiration to write. A good rainstorm or thunder storm really gets my juices flowing.
Q: Tell me about your writing process*
A: My process is controlled chaos. I start with a general outline, but I never stick with it. I tried to write chronologically but that didn’t work for me. I make notes whenever I have a thought about a scene or character. I write pieces here and there and they sort of merge together. I know the story in my head. It’s just getting it down that is sometimes difficult. Other times it flows like warm honey, sweet and smooth. To finally answer your question, my process isn’t much of a process.
Q: For Fiction Writers: Do you listen to or talk to your characters?
A: Oh, of course I talk with my characters. They are, after all, the voices in my head. Marabella, my main character even posts on our blog from time to time.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?*
A: There are so many. Shakespeare, C. S. Lewis, Ann Rice, Terry Goodkind, Christopher Moore, J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Paolini, Charlaine Harris, J. K. Rowling…the list goes on.
Q: How did you decide how to publish your books?*
A: I queried a few publishers and got no responses at all. I was really looking forward to my first rejection letter too. Finally I decided to do it myself. I self-published through Create Space. It was a good experience but there are some things I will do differently for the next book. I learned a lot the first time around.
Q: What do you think about the future of book publishing?*
A: I believe there will always be a place for the big publishers who publish established authors, celebrities, and serial killers. Indie publishers, self-publishing, and print on demand are for the rest of us.
In this digital age, some authors are opting to only publish in the digital format. In the cloud, I suppose we will all live forever. But I love books; the weight of them, the scent, the bookmarks. It’s wonderful to pull an old volume off the shelf and find whatever trash or treasure I used to mark my pages; a letter, a grocery list, a bill, or perhaps an old photo. I may be naïve, but I like to think that books will remain.
MARABELLA, DISCOVERING MAGICS is the first in a teen fantasy series. It is available at Amazon.com in paperback and on Kindle.
Marabella is an uncommon girl growing up in Common Valley. When the mysterious Demalion people take an interest in her and her family, their lives change for the better. She discovers her magics and her new friends insure her training. But her bliss is short lived. Unspeakable tragedy strikes and Marabella must grow up quickly. Aided by a magical creature and her friends, she learns to fight and focus her magics. She will need all she’s learned to battle for her life. There is a greater threat building in Common Valley. Marabella’s adventure is just beginning.
Discover with her friendship and magics. Observe as her power grows with her, despite the tragedies she endures. Mourn her losses, cheer her victories, and fall in love with Marabella.
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