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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