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!
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 conferences. Here are a few a found that helped answer a feww questions, worries and concerns I had floating around my head.