NEW RULES – READ CAREFULLY!!!
#PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 140 character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. Because #PitMad has grown over the years, industry professionals are finding it overwhelming to search the feed. It goes by so fast now, it’s a little mind-boggling. And we don’t want to scare off the industry professionals. So our new rule is that you may only tweet three (3)different pitches for one project for the day. I suggest every four hours tweet a different pitch. The pitch must include the hashtag #PitMad and the category (#YA, #MG, #A, #NA, #PB and #NF) in the tweet. The “#” is important to include. It will sort the categories to make it easier for the agents/publishers.
For more information about Twitter Pitching visit this post by agent @carlywattershere and this post by #PitMad alum @DianaUrban here. And here find a post from Diana on how to filter out spam from the #PitMad feed.
Articles about #PitMad:
Please keep in mind, we never know what agents or publishers will be on the hashtag, so make sure you research each requesting agent or publisher. You do not have to send requests to those requesting if you don’t want to work with them. Readthis post by Claribel Ortega for reasons why doing your research before hitting send on that request will save you tons of heartache.
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS – TO SEARCH FOR A SPECIFIC CATEGORY OR GENRE,put #PitMad-(sub-hashtag) (i.e. #PitMad-MG) in the search engine at the top of your Twitter page. Doing this will give you only the tweets for that sub-hashtag. If you have any questions or would like another sub-hashtag added to the list, @ me (@brendadrake) or one of hosts monitoring the feed.
There will be unfavorable tweets on the hashtag during the day, please block all spam/porn ones and report them as you see them. To view #PitMad spam/porn free just put this up in the search tab: #PitMad -biturix -google or go here.
The rules are simple. Everyone is welcome to pitch. All genres/categories arewelcomed. Must be completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. You can pitch more than one manuscript. You may only tweet three different pitches for one project for the day. I suggest every four hours tweet a different pitch. Make sure to include the hashtag #PitMad and your genre/category (if you can fit it).
The agents/publishers will tweet their submission preferences and favorite your tweet if they want to see more. If you get a favorite from an agent or publisher, follow their submission preference and send them their request as soon as you can. They should have tweeted what they want you to send, so check their twitter feed for that information. If they haven’t listed it, follow their submission guidelines on their websites. Make sure to put “PitMad Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email when sending your request.
Don’t tweet agents and publishers directly unless they tweet you first.
Don’t favorite friends tweets. The agents will be requesting by favoriting tweets. so let’s keep that for requests. Please do not RT your friends to show your support. Tag them without attaching their Twitter Pitch to praise them about their pitches and to get to know new writers.
If you can’t be there, you can always schedule your tweet by using Tweetdeck or some other application that schedules tweets.
And finally, be nice and courteous to each other, and especially to the industry professionals. We’ve had some success stories come out of our previous#PitMads and we’d hate to have it canceled due to abuse. If you do see abuse, please report it to Twitter or notify one of the hosts of the event. Thank you!
Below is a list of sub-hashtag categories and genres to separate your pitch from the main #PitMad feed.
#A = Adult
#CB = Chapter Book
#ER = Earlier Reader
#MG = Middle Grade
#NA = New Adult
#PB = Picture Book
#YA = Young Adult
#WF = Woman’s Fiction
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#E = Erotica
#HF = Historical Fiction
#LF = Literary Fiction
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#NF = Non-fiction
#POC = People of Color
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#R = Romance
#RF – Religious Fiction
#S = Suspense
#SFF = Science Fiction and Fantasy
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Western
Here’s the dates for our upcoming quarterly #PitMad events:
December 4, 2015
(2016 schedule will be listed in soon)
#PitMad starts at 8AM and ends at 8PM (EST or EDT, which is New York time).