Yesterday I participated in my first #PitMad, which is basically a pitch party on Twitter for your book. You pitch it in the 140 characters or less with that hashtag and pray that some agent trolling the feed will favorite your pitch or contact you about submitting a query letter and sample pages.
I was not one of those few yesterday. But it was a great learning experience.
I learned that crafting decent pitches it stinkin’ hard! Maybe even harder than query letters!
I had the amazing advice of one of my writing buddies, who is always so helpful, but I still felt like the pitches lacked punch.
Something that gave me hope, however, is an agent who said that not all books are pitchable in under 140 characters.
Emily, my writing buddy, would have to vouch for this, but I think that my book/series is one such case. It’s a massive undertaking with the basic good vs. evil type deal, but so complex in its intricacies and history that it was hard to narrow down what was really important.
I’ll keep trying to pitch in the future, but I think querying might be the way to go for me. Though I ABHOR querying, I’m able to spend about two paragraphs pitching my book instead of two sentences.
Anyone else tried pitching on Twitter? What was your experience?
“As a book author, it’s your responsibility to cast a vision for your book about the length and appearance before you pitch the idea to a publisher.”
― W. Terry Whalin,
“Publishing is a business and writing is an art. The two have to be crammed together despite the clearly different motivations behind them.”
― Michelle M. Pillow