Saying Goodbye To #AdPit & #KidPit

You may have heard that November 7th is bringing about #AdPit & #KidPit again. What you don’t know is that it will be the final one for both of them.

It’s a bittersweet day for me, but they’ve had a good run. They’ve helped many writers find homes for their work with small presses, or literary agents to get them started on their amazing writerly success. They’ve helped connect writers to other writers and even made some friends along the way. Hosting these two contests has been a very rewarding experience for me, and when I looked back at how long I’d been doing it I was shocked.

The first #AdPit blog announcement was over five years ago; September 24th, 2013 to be exact. #KidPit wasn’t added until later; still, the first ever #KidPit was May 4th, 2015. #AdPit was the flagship contest that I created way back when there wasn’t but maybe four other contests. I know #Pitmad and #PitchMAS existed then but I’m unsure of when some of the other pitch contests began. So it’s hard for me to say goodbye to #AdPit & #KidPit.

So why am I? Because, well, Life.

I’ve run both of these contests mostly alone since their conception. I’ve had assistants come and go, but with the exception of Athena Greyson, who has assisted me valiantly the last couple of years, they haven’t stuck around. So, it’s been mostly me. I’m not complaining – please don’t think that. I just no longer have the time that is required to organize, run and host them.

My own writing career is evolving. I have one novel on a revision draft with my literary agent, a whole passel of short stories, one screenplay in drafting, and another screenplay in the revision stage before I can shop it around for a literary manager. As a music producer, I’m also preparing to drop a music album of my own work in the near future. I also have family duties and sometime I’d like to take a long overdue vacation.  🙂

So, if you have been sitting on the fence about participating in #AdPit and/or #KidPit next week, consider this; you’ll be able to take part in the final pitchfests of my creation before the sun sets on them both. There are plenty of other pitch contests on Twitter, and a whole lot of people keep running tabs on them on their personal blogs. You’ll find a new one or a dozen to participate in after my two are shuttered.

Good luck to those that are participating! I hope that hearts rain down on your pitches next Wednesday. Thank you to those faithful enough to stand by and with me throughout the years of making writing magic happen!

In case you need them, here are links to the rules for the final pitchfests next week:

#ADPIT

#KIDPIT

Onward toward the next adventure of Life…

Heidi

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Tidbits on #AdPit and #KidPit…

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!

 

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New details and a new THING for #Adpit & #KidPit…

I’ve posted updated information regarding the April 5th, 2017 #AdPit and #KidPit joint pitchfest on their pages here on this blog…

If you have a completed manuscript and are interested in pitching, please see the new details and a surprise for this round….

Follow the links below….

Write for/ Pitching a New Adult or Adult manuscript

Write for/ Pitching a Picture Book through Young Adult manuscript 

 

 

It’s No Joke! #AdPit and #KidPit excerpt …

Welcome to the April Fools Day editions of #AdPit and #Kidpit!

Most of you who are interested in participating already have a general gist of how this will roll. So, I’m just going to run through the rules here for you. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up on Twitter. I’m here: @hrnorrod.

Both #AdPit and #KidPit will be running at the same time on their respective hashtags. This is to divide and conquer the adult and new adult pitches (#AdPit) from those for young adult, middle grade, chapter books, easy readers, and picture books (#KidPit).

Here’s the dish:

You have 140 characters to write your twitter pitch (your twitch)….. See the rest HERE!

Just a super fast…

… update –

There is a new writing contest coming up for writers of all age groups – it isn’t mine. A couple of friends of mine get the credit for it’s founding and creation, however, I have agreed to be a team leader for one of the picture book and chapter book teams. Contest begins in March (70 days from today as a matter of fact) and I will be posting information about #FicFest (that’s its name) here on this blog as well.

But stress not! This blog will still be the home of #AdPit and #KidPit information as well. Conversationally, both #AdPit and #KidPit will come strolling around on April Fool’s Day – no JOKE! I’m serious. Both will have their twitter pitch parties on April 1, 2016, simultaneously.

While it isn’t exactly my preference to host them at the same time, because of the sheer number of twitter pitch events anymore – it has become necessary, as I do not want to cut either of them out. I enjoy hosting these two parties and watching connections between great writers and books to awesome agents and editors as they put remarkable books in the hands of anxious and excited readers.

However, as more details are made final; I will post more information. For now, get to finishing those gems of books in your brains. We want to see you pitch on April Fool’s Day!

Introducing #KidPit!

Hi, writers! I would like to introduce you all to #AdPit (Adult Pitch)’s little sister event, #KidPit (Kid Pitch).

I’ll just get straight down to it.

Kid Pitch or as it will be known on Twitter #KidPit is a twitter pitch party, just like #AdPit except this time NO ADULT audience manuscripts will be allowed. That’s right! This event is just for you wonderful writers of manuscripts for children. It’s the same thing pretty much, and as long as your manuscript follows the rules below, I hope you’ll come join us. As always, I’m answering any questions you may have, so just leave me a comment below, or feel free to mention it to me on twitter.

 

Here are ALL THE THINGS!

 

  1. #KidPIt is for COMPLETE AND POLISHED MANUSCRIPTS ONLY. (if you aren’t ready to send it out to an agent or an editor by the date of the contest, it is NOT eligible – please do NOT pitch it.)
  2. As it’s name suggests, #KidPit is for manuscripts whose target audience is KIDS.
    1. Within your tweet pitch, you should tag it either #BB (Board Book), #PB (Picture Book), #ER (Early Reader), #CB (Chapter Book), #MG (Middle Grade), and/or #YA (Young Adult).
    2. Also, include genre if it is not completely obvious from the tweet pitch. Such as #SFF (Sci-fi/Fantasy), #ROM (Romance), #FTR (Fairy tale retelling), #MYS (Mystery), #TT (Time Travel) and so on.
  3. Mark your calendars. #KidPit will an all day long event on May 27th, 2015. It will start at 8:00 a.m. EST (New York time) and go through 8:00 p.m. EST.
  4. A “tweet pitch” constitutes one tweet is one pitch. So that gives you 140 characters to pitch your manuscript in, plus the hashtag #KidPit and age and genre if you can fit it all. See sample tweet pitch below.
    1. Sample tweet pitch – Found-1 weird charm that lands 12yo Chance in deep trouble in Ancient Egypt fighting aliens from across the expanse of time. #KidPit #MG #TT
    2. Please ONLY pitch TWICE an hour at the most. The timeline moves quickly, so to allow everyone’s pitches equal chances at getting seen by participating agents and editors.
  5. ANY and EVERY GENRE is welcome. If you’ve written it for kids, then it’s eligible.
  6. DO NOT star or ‘favorite’ any tweet pitches that day UNLESS you are an agent or an editor. Leaving the ‘favoriting’ to the industry professionals.
  7. As this is an OPEN INVITATION twitter pitch party, I will not have a list of participating agents and editors. I do know that some are coming, and as word spreads on the day of the contest, more and more will join us.

That’s it! I do hope you’ll join me for Kid Pitch (#KidPit) on May 27th, 2015 from 8:00 to 8:00 EST. If you have any questions feel free to ask below in the comments or look me up on Twitter @hrnorrod