I’ve learned that writers have a wonderful sense of community. Most all of the writers I’ve met are supportive and willing to share things they’ve discovered. Today’s Tuesday Tip for writers is to enter as many contests as possible once you’ve finished all those layers of revision. This Thursday, December 7th, at 8am, PitMad starts. It’s a great opportunity to pitch your manuscript to multiple agents.
#PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a pitch of their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. You can only tweet three (3) pitches. They can be different pitches or the same pitch per project for the day. You’re allowed to pitch more than one project. Pitches can be 280 characters or less but a brief, concise pitch is best and will help the agents read through the Twitter feed more easily.
The agents and editors tweet their submission preferences then favorite your tweet if they want to see your work. If you get a favorite from an agent or publisher, check their submission preferences on their twitter site and send their request promptly. If they haven’t listed their preferences, follow the submission guidelines on their websites. Putting “PitMad Request: TITLE (of your manuscript)” in the subject line of your email when sending to the agent or editor.
Don’t tweet agents and publishers directly unless they tweet you first. Make sure you research each requesting agent or publisher so you know you are compatible. You do not have to send requests to those requesting if you don’t want to work with them.
The pitch needs to include the hashtag #PitMad and the category (#A, #NA, #YA etc.) in the tweet as well as the genre (#S, #T, #R etc.) The “#” is critical. It sorts the categories for the agents and editors. More on categories and genres at pitchwars.org/pitmad.
Don’t favorite friends tweets. The agents will be requesting by favoriting tweets. They allow Retweeting of your friends tweets. Use Quote-RT and add a comment to the retweet to mention your support. If you have any questions contact @HeatherCashman or one of the other hosts monitoring the feed.
I’ve just finished the revision of my manuscript. Here’s my pitch. RAGER: a college freshman who parties like he’s possessed meets the girl next door exorcist.
What do you think? If you see it go by on Twitter this Thursday give it a retweet. PitMad is a great opportunity to get the pitch of your completed manuscript out there. Have fun with your own pitch. I wish you luck!