Twitter pitches are a great way to catch the attention of an agent of publisher and there are plenty of opportunities for writers to do this throughout the year. Pitmad is one of the best known Twitter pitching events and this is where you get to pitch your novel in 280 characters or less. In this week’s column, I’ve pulled an assortment of links that offer advice for those who want to take part in Twitter pitches and I hope you’ll find them really useful. Even if you don’t take part, reading the pitches is a great way to see how to craft a successful pitch and what is catching agent’s and publisher’s attention.
- https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/ – PItmad: The first link I’ve included this week is to the official Pitmad website which explains all about what Pitmad is and how you can get involved. There are different hashtags for different genres and you can find out when the next pitching event will take place. This is a great resource with lots of information for anyone interested in Twitter pitching events.
- https://www.writersdigest.com/publishing-insights/preparing-twitter-pitching-contests-including-sffpit-week: Preparing for Twitter Pitching Contests, Including #SFFpit: This article includes information on how Twitter pitching works as well as some great tips on crafting a pitch. This includes describing your book as concisely as possible so you can stand out from the crowd. There is also a section on the different hashtags for authors and agents as well as a list of benefits for Twitter pitch events.
- https://journeytokidlit.com/how-to-win-a-twitter-pitch-contest-this-year/ – How to Win Twitter Pitch Contest: This article comes from Journey to KidLit and is aimed at those writing children’s fiction. It includes some tips for writing a winning pitch such as your unique selling point, invoking curiosity, and avoiding excess details. There is also a section on the different rules that you need to be aware of.
- https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/2019/04/how-to-craft-the-picture-perfect-twitter-pitch/ – How to Craft the Picture-Perfect Twitter Pitch: This article is great for those looking to see what a Twitter pitch might look like. There are some really great examples included that help you to see what the genre is, the setting, and the tone of the novel. The article looks at different section of your pitch too such as comp titles, the use of proper hashtags, and genre.
- https://penandparent.com/twitter-pitch-party/ – How to Get an Agent at a Twitter Pitch Party: This article features 10 tips for those planning to take part in Twitter pitches. These include reading and following the rules. While this article is a little older and mentions pitches being 140 characters (you now have 280 characters), the tips still apply. One of the tips in this article is to research the publishers and agents that favourite your pitch before you rush to send your manuscript off to them. They may not be what you are looking for.
- https://larawillard.com/2014/12/10/tips-and-tricks-for-writing-successful-twitter-pitches/ – Tips and Tricks for Writing Successful Twitter Pitches: This article was originally written in 2014, but has been updated since then. It includes a list of well-known Twitter Pitch Events as well as links to Twitter pitching advice from literary agents. It looks at the important of hashtags including a mention of the different diversity hashtags that you can use. There are some brilliant examples of pitches throughout this article too so be sure to read them to get a sense of what works and what doesn’t.
- https://savvyauthors.com/write-twitter-pitch-inside-look-twitter-writing-contests-make-pitch-stand-meg-latorre-snyder/ – How to Write a Twitter Pitch by Meg LaTorre: This article begins with a list of popular hashtags for Twitter pitching contests and then talks about some classic mistakes that beginners might make. This is followed by what a good Twitter pitch should contain. There are some examples included as well as some more top tips on making your pitch stand out.
- https://bperrywrites.com/2020/01/04/pitch-events-2020-twitter-and-beyond/ – Pitch Events 2020 – Twitter and Beyond: Now that you know what is involved in Twitter pitching, this final link is to a post that details all the pitching events for 2020 on Twitter as well as those taking place off Twitter. It is always a good idea to visit the different pitch hashtags on Twitter and read the tweets that have been liked by publishers and agents. Reading successful pitches is a great way to see what works and what doesn’t especially in the genre you’re writing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s links and feel that you now have a good knowledge about Twitter pitching. If there is a topic you’d like to see covered, be sure to get in touch.
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