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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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!