I've seen mention of Twitter Pitches in other writing forums. Usually I hear about them after the fact. A few months ago, after missing another one, I decided to do some research.
For those who have never heard of a Twitter Pitch before, is where those who have a completed, polished manuscript create a Twitter-length (140 characters) pitch about your book (you must leave room for hashtags describing genre, and twitter pitch hashtag). For example, one of my pitches looks like this:
Dances, Bullies, Kidnapping, and the Mexican Mafia are a typical day’s work for
this teenaged spy. #IWSGPIT #YA #Ad
It's not fantastic, but I had all of 20 minutes to come up with my pitch because I forgot the Twitter Pitch was today. It ultimately doesn't matter though. What I'm really gearing up for are the Pitch Wars, and PitMad which occur in August and September. Brenda Drake ( http://www.brenda-drake.com/) has a lot of great information on how to participate in a Twitter Pitch.
Today, I am taking part in the Insecure Writer's Support Group Twitter Pitch (#IWSGPit). This is the first time they've hosted a Twitter Pitch and with more than 30 Literary Agencies represented, I thought I'd give it a go.
At the very least, I'll work on my elevator pitch or hook. At the most, I might get one or two agents to request more information.
I'm two pitches in (I can submit one pitch per hour) and the only people liking my pitches are people who follow me on Twitter. But I'm treating this much like any other query prospect. It's a long shot and a learning experience which will better prepare me for the Twitter Pitches I'm preparing for in the future.
Have any of you participated in a Twitter Pitch? What did you think of it? Did you get any feedback? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.