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 pitch keeping within the 180 character spaces limit. Just don’t press the tweet button as you are only practising.
The hashtag was #pitchsqueak if you want to go to Twitter and read some of the pitches that were sent. There are some great ideas out there.
Here is one of mine:
Just be aware of two things as it can work two ways:
- your pitch might sound more exciting than the actual story turns out to be
- your pitch might not be as great as the actual manuscript is.
It may turn out that I am guilty of both – we shall see…
If you entered the challenge and were invited to send a query and a full manuscript to the agent, then well done and goodluck!