Action report: #PitMad


Last week I participated in my first #PitMad. For the uninitiated, #PitMad (Pitch Madness) is a Twitter pitch party started by Brenda Drake in which writers of all genres pitch their finished manuscripts in 140 characters or less. The next one’s in September. If you’re interested in learning more, check out Brenda Drake’s website.

Anyhow, when I first found out about it, I thought why not? I’ve got a complete, (mostly) polished, unpublished manuscript. And at the very least, I thought it would be a good exercise in writing concise pitches. Using my YA novel Arcanum, I came up with the following three pitches:

  • So my sis wants to bring Mom back from the dead. To stop her, I have to fight hellhounds and a reference librarian. Apparently. #PitMad #YA
  • Living in the library basement isn’t so bad. At least until your sister hunts you down for a ritual sacrifice. #PitMad #YA
  • Tarot cards, Ouija boards, seances. It’s all fun and games until your sister brings Mom back from the dead. #PitMad #YA

I tweeted them a few hours apart over the course of the 12-hour #PitMad window, as per the rules. And I waited.

The idea is that if an agent or editor likes your pitch (or hearts, or loves, or whatever the Twitter thing is today), you can tag your query’s subject line accordingly, thus getting your manuscript to the top of the slush pile. And … I had a like!

Unfortunately, my like came from a random, well-meaning Twitter user who didn’t know the rules. So it was a short roller coaster ride. And I was bummed for a while. But you know what?

  • Someone liked my pitch! That’s awesome.
  • I picked up some new Twitter followers.
  • I had fun seeing the other pitches.
  • It forced me to concisely pitch my book.

This is all good. Plus there’s something even better coming up: Pitch Wars. I’ll keep you posted.

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