If you’re a writer and spend time on Twitter, like me, you’ll know there are quite a few Twitter pitch contests where you can tweet about your completed, polished, unpublished manuscript in the hope of attracting an agent or publisher.
#PitMad #Pit2Pub #PitchCB #SFFpit to name a few.
But should you enter?
Should you spend hours and hours compiling a tweet? Is it even possible to condense your novel into one or two awesome lines that capture its essence?
Well, I did and I got a publishing contract!
Last year, December 10th, I was on Twitter and came across #SFFpit. I wasn’t sure whether to pitch or not at first—after all, this pitch party focused on science fiction and fantasy novels and I had a paranormal/fantasy romance. So I read the guidelines and yes, my book did fit into one of the categories. I also looked to see which industry professionals were taking part and noticed a couple of publishers and agents I wanted to submit to.
I had a few pitches ready from past contests, so I went for it.
And guess what?
I got a favourite from an editor at Tirgearr Publishing, a publisher that was on my list and I would be happy to send my manuscript to. The next day I sent a cover letter, synopsis, and the full ms, and waited.
And I waited…
Anyone who has submitted a manuscript will know the agony of waiting, the obsessive checking of emails when you’ve finally plucked up the courage to send your baby out into the big bad world.
Three months later I received an email with the immortal words, ‘We’d like to contract the manuscript.’
Still on the fence about whether to pitch or not?
Just do it!
You have nothing to lose and you never know where it might lead.
Want to see the pitch that got me a publishing contract? Here it is….
“Bridget Jones meets the Originals. No vamps, but a self-conscious hybrid, a super-hot immortal and a friend’s deadly betrayal.”
Thanks for reading, and good luck with your pitch!