Let me start by saying that everything included below can (and does) pertain to both #AdPit and #KidPit. The only thing that separates these two pitchfests is the age range. So allow me to clarify that now:
#AdPit is for NEW ADULT and ADULT manuscripts only
#KidPit is for YOUNG ADULT, MIDDLE GRADE, CHAPTER BOOKS, PICTURE BOOKS, and every other type of children’s books imaginable.
It is YOUR job to pick your manuscript’s age range and pitch to the correct contest. Don’t waste your time pitching to the wrong one, because the industry professionals (pros from now on) frequent the pitchfest for the books THEY represent. You don’t want to have your six middle grade pitches in the #AdPit feed because it’ll be skimmed over.
Now, on to more tips and tricks…
Graphic novels and any other author/illustrator books are welcome to add art to their pitches.
If you are part of an author team (co-writers) of a single title both authors should not post six pitches each. The number of pitches is FOR THE MANUSCRIPT not the author. FOR EXAMPLE — Say my #KidPit assistant Athena Greyson hand I co-authored a young adult horror manuscript, then we would ONLY be allowed six total pitches for the novel.
I cannot verify the authenticity of favorites you may receive. The pitchfest is open invitation which means word will continue to spread throughout the publishing pro world and the pitching writers world up to and through the end of the pitchfest. Not everyone has writers’ best interests in mind. It’s poop, I know. But it’s true. There are ‘fake’ pros out there that will prey on writers’ dreams like a vampire on virgin blood. My advice is to research any favorites you may receive BEFORE you send anything to them. NEVER, EVER send anything out unless you are sure. It’s not being obsessive or unprofessional, it’s being careful – and it’s YOUR writing career that may be in danger. Not just a book – but your entire career.
The fact that these pitchfests are open invitation is also why I cannot post a list of participating pros. As word spreads through the professional world, more and more will show up to browse the pitches. As word spreads through the writer world, more and more writers will show up to pitch too. Neither do I like to make the pros feel obligated to attend. Sometimes things happen and even if they planned to be there, it just may not be possible. I do try to ReTweet/Quote Tweet/or otherwise announce when I see pros coming into the feed. Again, it isn’t always possible because the feed moves super quickly, and I sometimes miss them. If you are pitching and you spy one that hasn’t been RT/QT’d feel free to do it. There’s just the two of us and lots of tweets for us to monitor.
Just two of us – @AthenaGreyson is my assistant with all things #KidPit and many times with #AdPit too, so keep an eye on her Twitter too, if you don’t already.
Pitching stops at 3:00PM Central Time. I do this to stop the feed from moving so pros that have been lurking and waiting can have all of the pitches in one place so they can easier search through them. That does NOT mean that if you have no favorites by 3:00 that you’re doomed. You’re not. Pros often stick around AFTER the pitchfest ends to make requests. Sometimes it takes them days to make all the requests that they want. You have to be patient and remember that the pros already have clients and work to do. They are volunteering their time to participate, so respect that.
That searching the pros do – that’s one reason the genre hashtags are so important in your pitches. If you want to see who else is pitching books similar to yours, all you have to do is type #AdPit or #KidPit and the genre hashtag into Twitter’s search bar. It should look like this: #AdPit #Cozy #M. That would show me ALL of the pitches/tweets in the #AdPit feed that are cozy mysteries or mysteries. This is helpful if you would like to find pitches that work/don’t work, or maybe to find fellow writers that write in the same genre as you. You can even find beta readers and critique partners this way. You may even make some new writer friends.
By not following the rules you may be hurting your chances to get favorites. For instance, the rules state that pitching ends at 3:00 PM but you continue to pitch past then, the prowling pros may choose not to favorite your pitches because you are unable to follow rules and they may think you will be a difficult client to potentially work with. This isn’t true of ALL pros but it is for some, so don’t give them a reason to say no before you have the chance to dazzle them with your book.
What to do if you receive a favorite from a pro that has already seen your work or that you have just queried them with traditionally? It’s easy. Tweet them, ask them for clarification. Ask them if they want you to re-query or not. I know that a ton of writing advice websites tells you not to tweet at pros but in the instance of pitchfests, it is acceptable.
What to do if you receive no favorites at all? Don’t panic. It has nothing to do with your writing. A lot of reasons factor into why your pitch was missed, so relax. It’s not the end of the world. However, consider searching for other pitches in your genre/age range. See what worked for them, and what didn’t. See what pros favorited their pitches, and research that pro yourself. If you think your manuscript would be a good fit for them too, then double check that they are open to submissions and query them old school. Remember, all you need is that one yes.
I mentioned genre hashtags before, so I just wanted to add a quick note to say that I will be posting a media post on Twitter to clarify which genre hashtags I recommend that you use.
Concerning the allowed media pitches – at the last pitchfest in July, I had an agent remark that a lot of the media pitches were really hard to read, so he/she skipped over them. To stop a pro from skipping yours make sure they are easy to read, concise, and use a more basic font. Remember, there are a LOT of pitches to scour through. Make yours easy to read, and it’ll be more likely to be read. They scroll through quickly, give them a reason to slow down to read yours.
For the record –
Both #AdPit and #KidPit pride themselves on being open to diversity of all types (disability, POC, religion, sexual orientation etc…) if I find any pitchers that are trolling the feed with hate speech of any kind YOU WILL BE BLOCKED and REPORTED. And I hope that any other participants that discover any types of discrimination, misogyny, hate, phobic behaviors etc… that you will alert me so that we can take action against the account(s) at fault.
As always, I’m just a message away if anyone has any other questions. Good luck to everyone. Let’s get out there and make book magic!