The next scheduled #KidPit is 4.4.18.
Pitch your BOARD BOOKS, PICTURE BOOKS, EASY READER/CHAPTER BOOKS, MIDDLE GRADE, and/or YOUNG ADULT COMPLETED novel, nonfiction book to patrolling LITERARY AGENTS and EDITORS.
WHEN: Starting at NINE (9:00) in the morning through THREE (3:00) in the afternoon CENTRAL TIME (we’re one hour behind New York, or if you need to schedule it, I’m in the same time zone as CHICAGO.
WHAT: You may have SIX pitches over the course of the six-hour pitch time. Yes, you may use the same one, but I suggest that you mix it up. Your manuscript must be completed and ready to submit on the day of the pitchfest, or your nonfiction book proposal must be completed and ready to submit.
You can add a media pitch of up to 45 words to your six pitches! This media pitch is separate from the six normal 140-character pitches you are so accustomed to, which means if you chose to add a media pitch – then you get eight pitches. Why eight? Because I’m allowing two media pitches per manuscript. Add one in the morning and add another in the afternoon.
What you should include in your media pitch?
Your pitch of up to 45 words AND the title of your manuscript as well as the age range and genre. If it’s non-fiction and this is not abundantly clear from the pitch you may wish to add that it is a work of nonfiction.
Here’s a sample from my Middle Grade, Contemporary Fantasy manuscript… (I made this using Canva)
Now back to the normal pitchfest words…
(HINT: Twitter will not allow multiple identical pitches, so make sure that you alter each one at least a little bit – especially if you are planning on scheduling your tweets via Hootsuite or other similar programs.)
What is a pitch?
PITCH: A 280 character tweet describing your book or novel. Also include either a #BB (Board Book), #PB (Picture Books), #CB (Chapter Books and Early Readers), #MG (Middle Grade), or #YA (Young Adult). Then tag it with the genre. Finally add #KidPit so it will show up in the feed.
When a group of bullies runs 12-year-old Gary into the weird new toy shop, he learns that some toys pick their kids and have vendettas against humans. He has to stop them before more of his classmates die at the hands of the toys.
NEEDFUL THINGS + GOOSEBUMPS.
#MG #H #KidPit
(This pitch example is from my middle grade horror titled: MR. HORN’S TOYSHOP.)
SCHEDULE: While you are only permitted to pitch for six hours, the industry professionals are allowed to be on throughout the day, overnight, and for however long they want to be there. That being said, it is possible that you’ll get ‘FAVORITES’ anytime during the day, or even possibly overnight or a couple of days later, or none at all. Please remember that pitchfests are solely ONE way to entice agents or editors. You may always query directly following the submission guidelines.
*NOTE: This event is open invitation. That being said I take no responsibility for the legitimacy of your pitches, or the participating industry pros attending. It is solely YOUR responsibility to RESEARCH ANY favorites you receive on this day. And, I trust that WRITERS, you will follow the pitch rules.
I will be patrolling the day of, so if you have questions feel free to contact me either by @ or DM on Twitter. My twitter handle is @Heidi_Norrod. I will also have @AthenaGreyson helping me keep an eye on the pitches and taking questions. You may also contact me at any time regarding #KidPit.