IWSG Day- Where Is The Love?

 

Insecure Writers Support Group New Badge

Happy IWSG Day! It’s that day again. Where every first Wednesday of the new month, the ISWG gather to do what we do best. And sorely need. Support each other as we hone our craft. And as we toil in the highs and lows of writing, promoting, publishing and marketing our writing. And who do we have to thank for forming this creative support team? The ninja captain extraordinaire, Alex Cavanaugh!

To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above.  And don’t forget to check out the awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG: Allison Gammons,Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

What is my concern this month? Well it’s not a full, blown out and festering concern. But it’s niggling at me and I’m afraid that if I can’t find the answer, it might grow worse.
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Farewell Authonomy, How I’ll Miss You

I’m sad to say that Authonomy officially closes today. Last month, I received an email from the site stating that they’re closing it down. To say I was shocked would be an understatement.

I mean, I’ve been a member for three years and seven months. Stuck it through the revamp, made some good friends and read some great stories. Some of which deserved to reach the editor’s desk. While others, no less deserving was so far away from the numbers needed. Because it was a popularity contest. And not completely on the storytelling laurels of the book itself. Continue reading

#PitMad Round III- The Do’s and Don’ts of PitMad

#PitMad Round III

Are you ready for another round of #PitMad? This Wednesday is round 3. And if you have a completed manuscript or you missed the last session, then here’s your chance.

But first, let’s go over the do’s and don’ts in participating in Twitter pitch.

Do

  • Pitch your book in 140 and less characters
  • Include your book’s genre and subgenre hashtags
  • Apologize to your followers for the constant pitching
  • Pitch 2x an hour, from 8am-8pm
  • Show support by retweeting your favorite pitches
  • Research the agent/publisher whose favorited your pitch
  • Query and follow their submission guideline
  • Remind the agent/publisher why you’re contacting them in your query

Don’t

  • Include images in your Twitter pitch
  • Query and contact an agent/publisher who did not favorite your pitch
  • Favorite pitches; the favorite button is for pitches agents/publishers like
  • Pitch an uncompleted manuscript
  • Pitch more than 2x an hour and under different/multiple accounts

To find out more about the rules of pitching on Twitter, read:

How to Write a Great Twitter Pitch by Ava Jae

Ten Tips for Twitter Pitching by Gina Denny

The 7 Rules of Twitter Pitching by Gina Denny

Monday Musings: Pitch to Win by Amy Trueblood

And if you happen to miss #PitMad this month, then there’s always the next one on December 4, 2015.
Are you participating in #PitMad? Have you participated in similar Twitter pitches? 

Happy Labor Day!

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Everything You Need to Know About Twitter Pitch

Last week Wednesday was #PitMad day. And if you don’t know already, the hashtag #PitMad stands for pitch madness. It’s a contest that lasts for twelve hours from 8am to 8pm. When you can pitch your book (and it has to be a completed manuscript). And in 140 characters, twice per hour on Twitter.

It’s a great way to possibly land an agent  or publisher. As well as  it offers the chance to network with other writers. Although I didn’t pitch I did support the twitter pitches I found interesting and enjoyed reading. How? Well first I’ll have to go over the rules.

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