• Agents,  Pitch

    Twitter pitches

    I woke up early the other day (before the kids, etc.) and saw a post on Facebook about a contest/competition/challenge (whatever you want to call it) happening on Twitter. The challenge was to pitch your picture book or middle grade novel using only the 180 character spaces allowed within a tweet.   Not only was this a great opportunity to pitch to an agent but it was also very good practice in summarising the concept of your picture book. It is quite a challenge and can take a few tries. Even if you don’t enter a challenge like this, it is still worth using Twitter to practice a one sentence…

  • Editors,  Pitch,  Writers Conference

    4th International SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference

    Tomorrow afternoon I will be nervously on my way to my very first writers conference which is jammed packed with author talks, writing workshops, book launches and pitching opportunities for 4 days. It is the 4th International SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference, and you can read lots about it at their very useful blog here: The SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference Blog. The great thing about this conference is that it is combined with the 7th Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival on Saturday. I went to this last year and it was great! In preparation I searched the internet for any useful advice and tips about attending writers…

  • Pitch

    Tamson Weston 12 x 12 Pitch Contest

    Last week I entered my first ever pitch contest over at Julie Hedlunds – Write Up My Life Blog.  The incentive for doing the pitch was to a) do something I hadn’t done before, b) challenge myself, c) it was a great opportunity to win a manuscript critique from Tamson Weston (a published book author), at $300 value!!! Thank you for the opportunity Julie and Tamson… Here is my pitch, hope you like it. Pitch: Libby watches all the other young limpets play in the waves. She doesn’t feel she will ever be brave enough to join in, or will she?   First line: “Incoming!” The young limpets squealed in delight as the…