#PitMad. Hosted by Brenda Drake. For detailed information go to Brenda's website: www.brenda-drake.com/pitmad
When is #pitmad happening? December 4 from 8AM to 8PM EST.
What is #PitMad? a Twitter pitch party on where writers tweet a 140 character pitch for their completed manuscripts.
What's a Pitch? a 140 character (a sentence or two), synopsis. Have several variations of your Twitter pitch available. The pitch must include the hashtag #PitMad and the category in the tweet. The “#” is very important to include as agents/pubs will sort using the hashtags they are interested in.
Categories to Use:
#YA = Young Adult
#MG = Middle Grade
#A = Adult
#NA = New Adult
#PB = Picture Book
#CB = Chapter Book
#NF = Non-fiction
#WF = Woman’s Fiction
#SFF = Science Fiction and Fantasy
#R = Romance
Only enter #PitMad only if you have completed and polished manuscript(s). You can pitch more than one MS. Throughout the day tweet your pitch. Try not to do it too much (rule of thumb is twice per hour per manuscript). Make sure to include the hashtag #PitMad and your category.
*Using Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to schedule your tweets is extremely helpful so you've prepared your pitches so you're not glued to Twitter the whole 12 hours. Okay, let's face it, you still will be refreshing Twitter the whole time, but I won't tell.
The agents/publishers will tweet their submission preferences and favorite your tweet if they want to see more. If you get a favorite from an agent or publisher, follow their submission preference and send them their request as soon as you can. They should have tweeted what they want you to send, so check their twitter feed for that information. If they haven’t listed it, follow their submission guidelines on their websites. Make sure to put “PitMad Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email when sending your request.
Tweet your pitch twice an hour!
Writers: Retweet to show your support
Agents/Publishers: Favorite (star) the tweets
Tweet agents and publishers directly unless they tweet you first.
Favorite friends' tweets.
I think that's it. Good luck everyone who is planning to pitch on Thursday!