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 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:

my tweet pitch
my Twitter pitch

 

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!

4th International SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference

Highlighted sessions I hope to attend!

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.

Over at kidlit.com:

Talking to Agents and Editors at Conferences 

Adjusting Expectations for Conferences and Critiques

Over at Cheryl Reif Writes:

Things to Love in the Writing Life: Conferences

Ten Keys to Your Best-Ever Writing Conference!

Over at La Vie En Prose:

Conference 101: Know Before You Go

Over at Picture This:

A Better Critique Story

So, my checklist is as follows:

  • Don’t be shy – agents and editors expect to be approached in a friendly fashion – just don’t pitch to them unless asked (save your pitches for the organised pitch sessions)
  • Know your needs – Do know what I need to get from the conference – what are my current needs as a writer?
  • Be prepared – practice your ( 2 min) pitch,
  • Research  – check out the editors, agents, authors, and other speakers who are attending

But most importantly of all the resounding advice is to have a good time – get to know the agents and editors and other writers – put a face to a name – make connections and have fun!

Tamson Weston 12 x 12 Pitch Contest

© 2012 RamonaDavey

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 wave crashed over them.

 

Author: Ramona Davey