I’m happy to provide you this tidy list of winning tweets for #PitchMAS!
If you’re not sure what #PitchMAS is, I’ll explain. There are a few Twitter Pitch contests each year, with #PitMad and #SFFPit being among the largest. Authors will write a short pitch of their novel, small enough to squeeze into a tiny tweet with hashtags, and hope for the best. If a publisher or agent favorites the tweet, then that means they’re interested and would like to know more! The author will then submit to said agent or publisher (assuming they want to), according to any special submission guidelines the agent or publisher has tweeted. Special consideration is usually given to such pitches in an otherwise hard-to-stand-out slush pile. The other benefit is to network with editors/agents/authors that you wouldn’t have had a chance to meet!
This list, while large, may not include all winning tweets. If your awesome tweet was not included and received a favorite from a publisher or agent, please feel free to let me know and it’ll be added!
I am also proud to announce my winning tweets, which drew the attention of 1 agent (Mike Hoogland from DGLM) and 1 publisher (Pandamoon). It was a great opportunity to correspond with Mike Hoogland and gain feedback that while my novel was not his cup of tea, he felt the premise and narrative voice were strong. Invaluable feedback to know whether or not I’m going in the right direction!
AJ Flowers winning tweet:
When you know you’ll be reborn, is giving your life really a sacrifice? Ask Sarah’s father, if you can find him before the gods do.#PitchMAS
Other notable tweets (in no particular order):
(All hashtags and twitter handles are clickable)
AJ Flowers Comments
It was interesting to see the kind of favorites that popped up for #PitchMAS, since it’s a contest held very shortly after the other major contests such as #PitMAD and #SFFPit. I feel a lot of authors pitched the same or similar pitches as they did for other contests, since there are different agents who attend per contest. But at the same time, there are going to be many who’ve participated in all the contests, and this is your second chance at the agents or publishers who weren’t interested the first time around.
It’s difficult to come up with new pitches for the same novel, trust me I know, but if you can even come up with one good new one, it’s a chance to connect and network. In my case, this is what happened for me. It’s the third pitch contest I participated in during December and I still connected with someone new and got valuable feedback! Nothing is harder to get in this industry than feedback, and if you participate in these contests for no other reason, at least do it for that.
Looking for professional advice to construct your pitch, in the world of Twitter, in-person workshops, or query letters? I highly recommend these resources:
For the “Elevator Pitch”
For the Presentation of your Manuscript
For sample material when querying, and the most common, fixable reasons that’ll get you rejected (Written by a Literary Agent)
For the Query (Free at the time of this post)
And of course, you need to know who to pitch to. While you can exhaust resources such as AgentQuery.com and QueryTracker.com, a trusted and large list has already been compiled for you: