Alright authors, do you have a completed, unpublished, polished manuscript? Are you ready to pitch it? Are you on twitter? (If not, why aren’t you??) Then get ready, because June 8, September 7, and December 7 of 2017 are the quarterly #PitMad events.

PitMad

So what is #PitMad? From 8:00am-8:00pm Eastern Standard Time, authors who meet the above qualifications can tweet a 140 character pitch for industry professionals. Yes, it gets crazy, but yes, agents and publishers actually read these tweets. It’s the modern age of social media marketing, folks, and pitching your book via #PitMad certainly can’t hurt!

Here are the rules:

  • You may only tweet three pitches for the day. They can be the same manuscript or different ones, but three’s the max. You probably want to space these out throughout the day to best capture your audience’s attention.
  • In order to be considered, the tweet has to include the hashtag #PitMad as well as the hashtag for your genre. Those are as follows:

Age Categories

#PB = Picture Book

#C = Children’s

#CB = Chapter Book

#CL = Children’s Lit

#MG = Middle Grade

#YA = Young Adult

#NA = New Adult

#A = Adult

Genres/Sub-genres

#AA = African American

#AD = Adventure

#CF = Christian Fiction

#CON = Contemporary

#CR = Contemporary Romance

#DIS = Disabilities

#DV = Diversity

#E = Erotica

#ER = Erotic Romance

#ES = Erotica Suspense

#F = Fantasy

#H = Horror

#HA = Humor

#HF = Historical Fiction

#HR = Historical Romance

#INSP = Inspirational

#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural

#MR = Magical Realism

#M = Mystery

#Mem = Memoir

#MA = Mainstream

#MH = Mental Health

#LGBT

#LF = Literary Fiction

#NF = Non-fiction

#R = Romance

#P = Paranormal

#PR = Paranormal Romance

#RS = Romantic Suspense

#S = Suspense

#SF = SciFi

#SPF = Speculative Fiction

#STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

#T = Thriller

#UF = Urban Fantasy

#W = Westerns

#WF = Woman’s Fiction

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If an agent is interested and wants to see more, they’ll favorite your tweet or reply. If this happens, congratulations! Research the agent to find their submission guidelines, and submit ASAP. They’ll probably ask you to put #PitMad in the submission title. If they don’t specify, it’s a good idea to do this anyway so they know who you are.

Don’t favorite your friends tweets, as favoriting is only for agents. It’s also against the rules to retweet your friends submissions. So while we love supporting other authors, #PitMad is for self promotion only.

Pitmad Tips

If you can’t be on your phone or computer the day of #PitMad (perhaps you have, say, a serving job, holla), research some applications that will schedule and post tweets on your behalf. Tweetdeck is a good one.

If you have any questions, tweet @HeatherCashman, the host of last month’s #PitMad, or me! @talligator_. Be kind, confident, and courteous! (This was so close to being the three c’s of #PitMad. Alas.)

So start perfecting your 140 characters! This whirlwind of a tweetstorm will be here before you know it.

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Tallie Gabriel BookHive

Tallie Gabriel is an actor, writer, and BookHive social media maven. She’s a member of InViolet Theatre and Artistic Assossiate of BEDLAM Theatre in NYC.


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