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Attract a Literary Agent During #PitMad: A Twitter Pitch Party Happening Now

Right now on Twitter, aspiring authors are tweeting 140-character pitches for their completed novels in the hope of attracting literary agents.

#PitMad, or Pitch Madness as it was originally known, is hosted by author Brenda Drake.

From her website:

#PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 140 character pitch for their completed manuscripts. Have several variations of your Twitter pitch available. Twitter may not let you tweet the same pitch over within the same hour. The pitch must include the hashtag #PitMad and the category (#YA, #MG, #A, #NA, #PB and #NF) in the tweet. The “#” is important to include. It will sort the categories to make it easier for the agents/publishers.

For more information about Twitter Pitching visit this post by agent @carlywatters here and this post by #PitMad alum @DianaUrban here. And here find a post from Diana on how to filter out spam from the #PitMad feed.

The hashtags you should use are:

#YA = Young Adult
#MG = Middle Grade
#A = Adult
#NA = New Adult
#PB = Picture Book
#CB = Chapter Book
#NF = Non-fiction
#WF = Woman’s Fiction
#SFF = Science Fiction and Fantasy
#R = Romance
#LF = Literary Fiction
#Mem = Memoir

But! Make sure you follow the rules.

  • Everyone is welcome to pitch, and all genres/categories are welcomed.
  • However, your manuscript must be completed and polished.
  • You may tweet more than once, and you may pitch more than one manuscript, but the rule of thumb is two tweets per manuscript.
  • Make sure to include the hashtag #PitMad and your genre.
  • Agents/publishers will favourite your tweet if they want to see more. Therefore, don’t favourite your friends’ tweets, rather retweet to show support.
  • If you receive a favourite, follow that person’s submission guidelines (which they will usually have tweeted earlier).
  • Don’t tweet agents and publishers unless they tweet you first.
  • Be nice. If you see any abuse flying around, report it to Twitter or notify one of the hosts of the event.

Upcoming PitMad events:

March 11, 2015 (TODAY!)
June 4, 2015
September 10, 2015
December 4, 2015

#PitMad starts at 8 AM and ends at 8 PM (EST or EDT, New York time) or 2 PM to 2 AM, South African time.

Some tweets from the current #PitMad:


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