Use Twitter to Find an Agent/Publisher with Pitch Madness #PitMad

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TODAY’S DATE: MARCH 4, 2015
TODAY’S TOPIC: #PitMad

Q: What day is it?

A: It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. Great day for talking books. The people who write them, the people who read them, and everyone in between.

Today, I’m talking #PitMad.

#PitMad on Twitter helps authors find agents/publishers. Sounds cool? I think so. First step? Mark your calendar.

2015 quarterly schedule of #PitMad events (8am-8pm EST):

March 11, 2015 (Wednesday) – HEY! That’s next week.*
June 4, 2015 (Thursday)
September 10, 2015 (Thursday)
December 4, 2015 (Friday)

* Hhmm. Think I might write a blog post about it? You betcha!

Wait. What? Slow down. What’s #PitMad?

#PitMad is a Twitter party, held four times per year. During the #PitMad Twitter party, authors pitch completed manuscripts to agents and publishers for twelve hours (8am to 8pm EST/New York).

Think you might like to participate? Here’s some tips:

    • Remember, tweets are never more than 140-characters in length and you don’t want to “spam” the agents/publishers. One bad apple spamming a #PitMad event could jeopardize future events for the rest of us. Proceed with caution using your best etiquette. A good rule of thumb is posting no more than two tweets per hour during the event. That’s 24 total tweets you’ll want to prepare.
    • Tweets must use the hashtag #PitMad and the appropriate genre hashtag for that manuscript (see list below). Don’t skip using either the #PitMad or the genre hashtag. Using them helps agents and publishers sort the entries and you don’t want your tweet to be missed.
    • If an agent/publisher wants to see more of your work, they’ll favorite your tweet. This signals you to follow-up with them with a formal query as soon as you can, following the submission guidelines they either tweet out, or have posted on their website. When you send them your official query, include “PitMad Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email.
    • Don’t engage with the agents/publishers on Twitter unless they tweet you first.
    • You can RT your friends’ tweets to show your support (don’t get to spammy) but don’t favorite your friends’ tweets. The “favorite” option is reserved for agents/publishers to signal their interest.
    • Busy that day?Preschedule your tweets usingTweetdeck,Hootsuite, or Buffer, etc.

Always use #PitMad and one of these genre hashtags:
#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
#LF = Literary Fiction
#Mem = Memoir

image source: guardian.com

image source: guardian.com

Think boiling your pitch down to 140-characters is impossible? Research the short book descriptions found on bestseller lists. Crafting a great one-liner can be done. (Although, I find many of the bylines on the bestseller list to be a bit vague – could use some sprucing-up before hitting the #PitMad scene.) Here’s a sample bestseller list from the New York Times. 

There’s lots of great content under the #PitMad hashtag on Twitter. Like this stellar tweet sent by a certain someone. (Hey. That’s me! And I think you can reach in there and hit retweet, but I’m not sure. Widgets can be persnickety.)

Keep this page open on your computer for a bit while you click through these great articles (below). I don’t want you to go away too soon because I’m dying to hear what everyone thinks about #PitMad. Leave a comment in my comment section. 🙂

Great articles for further reading:

How #PitMad Helped Me Get a Literary Agent (And Tips for The Next One)

A Brief Guide to Twitter Pitching

#PitMad Hints

Ten Tips for Twitter Pitching (Note from Julie: I especially like the tip #5)

The Ultimate Writers’ Guide to Twitter Pitch Contests

Flip that Pitch!

Want to run your pitch by some writers before putting it out there on Twitter? Form a critique circle. If you want, you can use my comment section to indicate your interest in forming a group.

Want feedback on your tweets prior to the event? Checkout #PitchPractice

This is not an endorsement because I’ve never used her services, but Nicole Tone, Laura Lee Anderson and Lauren Spieller offer an array of critique services – including tweet critiques.

Separate but similar to #PitMad is the Manuscript Wish List (found under the #MSWL hashtag), where agents and publishers tweet their wish lists. There are others – but trying to explain them in one blog post is quite confusing, so I will cover them in coming posts. Stay-tuned! But for now, the one happening next week is #PitMad. The focus of today’s Hump Day Post.

In case you missed it, I talked Twitter every Hump Day in February with the exception of the last Wednesday because the last Wednesday of every month on my blog is reserved for the Hump Day Blog Hop.

Perhaps you’d enjoy reading these February Hump Day Posts:

Harness the Power of Twitter’s Search Engine
15 Advanced Twitter Search Tips
Twitter Content Strategy: Develop an Editorial Calendar

*** UPDATE (this information was added after the above article was published) ***
Want to see this event unfold? Great chance to study how other writers write 140-character “tweets” as pitches. I’ve embedded the event in this post: Watch & Learn: Authors Pitch Agents/Publishers on #PitMad

Happy Hump Day, everyone.
I just love Wednesdays, don’t you?
Halfway to the weekend. Woo-Hoo!

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7 thoughts on “Use Twitter to Find an Agent/Publisher with Pitch Madness #PitMad

  1. Wow: I love the idea of #PitMad, even if the number of characters is totally daunting. But it’s probably wonderful practice to express the essence of a book so succinctly: I’m always impressed at what Netflix manages in a single sentence. I recently followed a one-day pitch event on Novelicious, and many of the pitches were far too lengthy. So if this is helpful to agents and authors, great!

    • Great tip, Pauline – Netflix. Great place to study how (in the world) large stories are condensed into small sentences. I think I’ll torture my teenage daughters a bit the next time we’re surfing for something to watch. I’ll make them sit and wait while mom reads and comments on all the movie descriptions. 🙂

  2. Looks like you’ve done the groundwork for authors. Now, grab that cup of tea, sit back, and take a deep breath. Have a wonderful week, my friend. PS – as you can see, I am a day late again. LOL. But I am reading two fabulous books.
    RUNNING TO STAY UPRIGHT by Sharon Wright
    BEYOND THE GREAT RIVER, PEOPLE OF HE LONGHOUSE BOOK 1 by Zoe Saadia
    Hugs

    • Ooooo! What a juicy comment you’ve just left – two great books you’re reading? Lemme guess. One on a table in your living room and the other on your bedside table? I have books all over the place. It’s like I’m afraid I’ll be caught at a red light without a book on my passenger seat to sneak a glance at. Okay, okay. Not really – but almost. I’m a safe driver – I’d never read at a traffic light . . . I’d wait till I’m driving on the highway. 🙂

      HA! I’m joking.

      Seriously.

      FOR REAL.

      🙂

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