10 Tips for Pitching on Twitter

Every time a pitch party happens on Twitter, whether I’m participating or not, I scroll through the feed. I love reading and learning from the amazing pitches!

I also see writers making rookie pitch party mistakes. Since my Pitch Party list is the most popular page on my website, I thought it would be a good idea to write a short guide for how to pitch on Twitter.

NOTE: I’ve used the word “publisher” in place of “editor” in this post for clarity only. Typically, the job title of the person from the publishing house reading a tweet will be Editor.

10 PITCH PARTY PARTICIPATION TIPS:

01. RULES. Every pitch party is different. Seek out the relevant website and/or Twitter account for the pitch party you want to participate in and read the rules carefully. Follow them exactly.

02. TIMING. While you’re reading the rules, take special note of the time the pitch party begins and ends, and to which time zone it refers. Too often I see pitches an hour early or on a different date entirely. Most agents and editors only look at posts that fall within the allotted time frame.

03. HASHTAGS. Include the pitch party’s hashtag (with the correct spelling) and add any additional hashtags that are relevant. Again, look at the pitch party rules because they usually provide a list of additional hashtags you can (and perhaps should) use.

04. PERSPECTIVE. Write your pitch from your own perspective, not your character’s. You are selling your book like you would on the back cover, and in traditional publishing these are almost always written from an outsider’s point of view.

05. COMPS. Include the title(s) of one or two recently published books to give the agent or publisher a sense of the genre, style, and/or tone of your book. Do not phrase your comp as “the next [blockbuster title here]”. Write comp titles in title case and your manuscript title in all caps to make it stand out.

06. STAKES. You only have 280 characters, and several of those are devoted to details like hashtags and comps. Use the rest to make sure your stakes are clear. Stakes are what the character might lose if they fail. This is the crux of the conflict in your story. World building and interesting character details alone don’t make a story; you need conflict!

07. EDITING. Examine every word in your pitch and decide if you really need it. You only have a small amount of space to say a lot, so it’s okay to take a few grammatical shortcuts so long as your pitch flows and is clear. The bonus here is that if you prove yourself to be a great editor, agents and publishers are more likely to want to work with you.

08. INTEGRITY. Don’t spam the feed and don’t try to use the hashtag for anything other than its intended purpose. If you abuse the hashtag, you will get blocked by agents and publishers, which means that even if you learn your lesson and want to participate in future pitch parties, they still won’t see your posts. They won’t even know they’re missing them.

09. PATIENCE. Some agents and publishers don’t start reviewing the feed until later in the day. Some don’t get to it until the day after. Keep your pitch up for a few days at least. If you get a request, link to the tweet in your submission; it could be weeks before they review your submission and they’ll appreciate the reminder.

10. PERSISTENCE. You may not get a request your first time out. Don’t dismay! You may just need to tighten your pitching game a little. Maybe your comps weren’t a good match. Maybe you spelled the hashtag wrong. Maybe you were a little too wordy. Learn by reading other people pitches and seeing which ones got a lot of requests. Read guides like this on how to write a great pitch so that next time you’re more likely to get a request.

REMEMBER: If you never get a pitch party request in your entire life, it doesn’t mean your story isn’t worthy. There are dozens of reasons why you might not have gotten a request and many of them have nothing to do with you or your story. You can always submit through the normal querying process. That’s where the majority of traditional publishing deals come from.

Quiet summer, busy fall for pitch parties

After a quiet summer in the Twitter pitch party circuit, things are heating up again. The always popular #pitmad is just two days away, with many more great pitch parties on its heals, including #DVpit, #PBpitch, and #faithpitch, to name a few.

For those who don’t know, a Twitter pitch party is a way to jump the slush pile queue, in a sense. Agents and editors participate in these pitch parties as a way to scout for new talent and/or books that they feel could be a good fit for their list. If an agent or editor hearts your pitch, that means they want you to send them a query. When they are waiting for and expecting your query, they’re more likely to read your pitch before the other queries in their slush pile.

It’s a worthwhile experience for any querying writer, even if you don’t get a heart. Why? Because at the very least you’ve written and polished an “elevator pitch” for your book and have a chance to see the reaction. Writers and other supporters can retweet (never heart) your pitch to show support, and that’s a good gauge for how effective your elevator pitch is.

Seriously, if you have a manuscript ready to query, you have to give a Twitter pitch party a try! You can find many success stories on Twitter from writers who participated in one or more pitch parties and who now have an agent or a publishing contract.

Ready to get started? See what’s coming up in my updated Twitter Pitch Party list.

List of Twitter pitch parties moved and updated!

The latest version of the popular Twitter pitch parties list has been posted. I’ve also moved it to a permanent page on my site (it was previously a post). I did this because posts embed the date in the url, which made the list seem out of date, when in fact I was continually updating it. You can now find the list here: www.jessicatrudel.com/list-of-pitch-parties-on-twitter-for-writers/. As always, the list of upcoming pitch parties will be shared in my pinned post on Twitter for you to retweet and share with your writer friends. Pop over and visit me on Twitter to retweet. .

 

SFFpit and CarinaPitch are coming soon!

I’ve updated the pitch party list on Twitter and on my website. #SFFpit is just two days away, and Carina Press has announced the next #CarinaPitch. Want to know what else is coming down the pitch party pipeline? Click here for the web version, or see the tweet below.

 

Twitter Pitch Parties

I maintain a list of Twitter pitch parties via @RealLitBulbs, with the latest version always pinned to top of my profile. The complete list is always here: you can see when it was last updated, and peruse all pitch parties not just the ones that are upcoming.

I decided to create this list because sometimes there are contradictions in dates between websites and Twitter. I do the digging so you don’t have to! If you see a mistake, or know of a pitch party not listed, please let me know.

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Last updated February 27, 2019

Coming Soon!

Feb 27 – #faithpitch – Website: www.littlelambbooks.com – Twitter: @Faith_Pitch

Mar 07 – #pitmad – Website: www.pitchwars.org – Twitter: @PitchWars

Mar 19 – #PBParty – Website: www.www.michellehuackwrites.com – Twitter: @Michelle4Laughs

Apr 6/7 – #revpit – Website: www.reviseresub.com – Twitter: @ReviseResub

Apr 23/24 – #DVpit – Website: www.dvpit.com – Twitter: @DVpit_

Likely Will Return (date not set)

#canlitpit – Website: www.digiwriting.com – Twitter: @DigiWriting

#CarinaPitch – Website: www.carinapress.com – Twitter: @CarinaPress

#IWSGpit – Website: www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com – Twitter: @TheIWSG

#kisspitch – Website: www.allthekissing.com – Twitter: @allthekissing

#NoQS – Website: www.www.michellehuackwrites.com – Twitter: @Michelle4Laughs

#PBpitch – Website: www.pbpitch.com – Twitter: @PBPitchRocks

#peerpitch – Website: www.thescribblersonline.com – Twitter: @ScribblersBlog

#pg70pit – Website: www.larawillard.com – Twitter: @LaraEdits

#pit2pub – Website: www.kristinvanrisseghem.com – Twitter: @Pit2Pub

#pitdark – Website: www.jasonhuebinger.com – Twitter: @JasonHuebinger

#querykombat – Website: www.www.michellehuackwrites.com – Twitter: @Michelle4Laughs

#SFFpit – Website: www.dankoboldt.com – Twitter: @DanKoboldt

#sonofapitch – Website: www.kjhstories.blogspot.com – Twitter: @HamsteadKatie

#SunVSSnow – Website: www.www.michellehuackwrites.com – Twitter: @Michelle4Laughs

#WonderPitch – Website: www.wonderwritersblog.wordpress.com – Twitter: @Wonder_Writers

Likely Will Not Return

#1st250 – Website: www.thescribblersonline.com – Twitter: @ScribblersBlog

#Adpit – Website: www.heidinorrod.wordpress.com – Twitter: @Heidi_Norrod

#GUTGAA – Website: www.deanabarnhart.blogspot.com

#kidpit – Website: www.heidinorrod.wordpress.com – Twitter: @Heidi_Norrod

#nestpitch – Website: www.nikvukoja.wordpress.com

#pitchAmerica – Website: www.pitchamerica.wordpress.com – Twitter: @laurampohl

#pitchmas – Website: www.pitchmas.blogspot.com

#pitmatch – Website: www.manuscriptwishlist.com – Twitter: @PitMatch

#pitchslam – Website: www.pitchslamcontest.com – Twitter: @pitch__slam

#WCNV – Website: www.wcnvcontest.com

#Wepit – Website: www.getupandsavetheworld.com