#PitMad December 6th!
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!
#PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 280-character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. Agents and editors make requests by liking/favoriting the tweeted pitch.
Every unagented writer is welcome to pitch. All genres/categories are welcomed.
#PitMad occurs quarterly. Upcoming dates are:
- December 6, 2018 (8AM – 8PM EST)
- March 7, 2019 (8AM – 8PM EDT)
- June 6, 2019 (8AM – 8PM EDT)
- September 5, 2019 (8AM – 8PM EDT)
- December 5, 2019 (8AM – 8PM EST)
Don’t favorite friends’ tweets. The agents will be requesting by favoriting tweets, and more favorites can make it hard for those with requests to see all of their faves/likes. RT or Quote-RT to show your support. Do NOT use the hashtag when quote RTing – Keep the hashtag clean so agents can navigate it easily.
Be respectful and courteous to each other, and especially to the industry professionals. If you do see abuse, please report it to Twitter or notify one of the hosts of the event.
Writers: How to Participate in #PitMad
Some of the following rules may seem specific, but they’re in place to help our industry professionals navigate the fast-moving feed. Because #PitMad has grown over the years, industry professionals are finding it overwhelming to search the feed and we want to make sure we don’t scare them off.
- Your manuscript should be completed, polished, unpublished, and ready to query. If you’re not ready to send the full manuscript immediately, please wait until the next event. For non-fiction, you should have a polished proposal. Memoirs should be completed.
- Your pitch must fit inside one tweet. Do not thread tweets. You don’t have to include the title of your book in the pitch.
- Include the #PitMad hashtag and an age category sub-hashtag.
- You may include multiple genre or additional hashtags as they apply.
- You can pitch more than one manuscript throughout the day.
- You may only tweet three pitches for each manuscript throughout the day. They can be the same pitch or different pitches.
- We suggest spacing them out every four hours.
- Do NOT attach pictures unless it’s an illustration for a Picture Book, Graphic novel, or other material that includes illustrations.
- Do NOT include links. Many agents use search filters that will render tweets with links invisible to them.
- If an industry professional favorites/likes your tweet, check their recent tweets for submission preferences.
- If they haven’t tweeted #PitMad submission guidelines, follow their usual query submission guidelines on their website, but put “PitMad Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email.
- Send the request as soon as you can.
- If the agent has already rejected your book through traditional querying you should still send the requested materials and include this history in the beginning of your email, as well as a note if you have performed significant revisions since the initial query.
- Any industry professional can participate in #PitMad. It’s your responsibility to research the requesting agent or publisher.
- You do NOT have to send requests if you aren’t interested in working with that person.