Time for another round of #PitMad, so polish up those tweets and get scheduling! Need help with tweaking your 280? You can tweet using #ontheporch and ask for help. Tons of super friendly writerly peeps will be more than willing to lend an eye!
I’ve copied the rules direct from pitchwars.org/pitmad and pasted them below for easy reading. BEST OF LUCK TO ALL!
What is #PitMad . . . ?
#PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 280 character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. Because #PitMad has grown over the years, industry professionals are finding it overwhelming to search the feed. It goes by so fast now, it’s a little mind-boggling. And we don’t want to scare off the industry professionals.
You may only tweet three (3) pitches (they can be different pitches or the same pitch) per project for the day. You may pitch more than one project. I suggest every four hours or so tweet a different pitch. Or tweet during breakfast, lunch, & dinner breaks.
DO NOT ATTACH PICS unless it’s an illustration for a Picture Book, Graphic novel, or other material that includes illustrations.
Please keep in mind . . .
We never know what agents or publishers will be on the hashtag, so make sure you research each requesting agent or publisher. You do not have to send requests to those requesting if you don’t want to work with them. Read this post by Claribel Ortega for reasons why doing your research before hitting send on that request will save you tons of heartache.
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS – TO SEARCH FOR A SPECIFIC CATEGORY OR GENRE, put #PitMad-(sub-hashtag) (i.e. #PitMad-MG) in the search engine at the top of your Twitter page. Doing this will give you only the tweets for that sub-hashtag. If you have any questions or would like another sub-hashtag added to the list, @ us (@brendadrake @HeatherCashman) or one of hosts monitoring the feed.
There will be unfavorable tweets on the hashtag during the day, please block all spam/porn ones and report them as you see them. To view #PitMad spam/porn free just put this up in the search tab: #PitMad -biturix -google or go here.
Rules for #PitMad . . .
Everyone is welcome to pitch. All genres/categories are welcomed. Must be completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. You can pitch more than one manuscript. You may only tweet three pitches total for one project for the entire day. We suggest every four hours tweet a different pitch. Make sure to include the hashtag #PitMad and your age category, and genre/category(s) (if they fit).
Due to Twitter’s new character increase for tweets, pitches can be 280 characters or less. Keep in mind, a tight, concise pitch is best and will help the agents read through the feed faster. But if you need more characters, use them.
The pitch must include the hashtag #PitMad and the category (#YA, #MG, #A, #NA, #PB etc.) in the tweet. The “#” is important to include. It will sort the categories to make it easier for the agents/publishers.
The agents/publishers will tweet their submission preferences and favorite your tweet if they want to see more. If you get a favorite from an agent or publisher, follow their submission preference and send them their request as soon as you can. They should have tweeted what they want you to send, so check their twitter feed for that information. If they haven’t listed it, follow their submission guidelines on their websites. Make sure to put “PitMad Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email when sending your request.
Don’t tweet agents and publishers directly unless they tweet you first.
Don’t favorite friends tweets. The agents will be requesting by favoriting tweets. so let’s keep that for requests. We allow Retweeting of your friends tweets. Please use Quote-RT and add a comment to the retweet to express your support if possible.
If you can’t be there, you can always schedule your tweet by using Tweetdeck or some other application that schedules tweets.
And finally, be nice and courteous to each other, and especially to the industry professionals. We’ve had some success stories come out of our previous #PitMad and we’d hate to have it canceled due to abuse. If you do see abuse, please report it to Twitter or notify one of the hosts of the event. Thank you!