If you’re currently looking for representation for your manuscript, you may be interested in the following upcoming Twitter Pitch contests: #AdPit is on 12th February 2015, #PitMad is on 11th March 2015 and the New Leaf Twitter Pitch Contest is on 23d May 2015.
Twitter Pitch contests are a great opportunity to “pitch” agents and editors on Twitter, with a 140-character tweet presenting your manuscript. You may know my agent found me thanks to a Twitter Pitch Party like this, so I can only encourage you to participate if you have a completed manuscript ready to query.
Before the Twitter Pitch Contest:
1) Sum up your novel in 140 characters. Here is my recipe for a successful Twitter pitch:
Stakes/Conflict (the most important part of your pitch, in my humble opinion)
Category and Genre (ie: YA F for Young Adult Fantasy)
2) Avoid vagueness at all cost! You want your pitch to be as specific as possible so it stands out in the Twitter feed and people remember it.
3) Make sure to check the contest guidelines. For example, #AdPit is for Adult manuscripts only.
4) Find other writers to critique your pitches. It’s better to test if your pitches work before the contest!
On the day:
It’s best to have at least 3 different pitches and to vary them throughout the day. It’s also advised to tweet only one pitch per half hour. Make sure to always include the contest hashtag in your tweet.
If an agent or editor likes your pitch and wants to request it, they’ll favorite it. As a result, don’t favorite pitches you like: you’ll give false hope to a fellow writer! Instead, show your support by retweeting their pitch.
And one last thing: best of luck!
Let us know if you have any questions about Twitter Pitch Contests in the comment section! And remember you can always tweet at us for help with your pitches 🙂