Fishing at #PitMad

Photo Credit: Bill Gracey

Photo Credit: Bill Gracey

Pitching your story to the publishing world and fishing share a common goal. Beyond the technicalities of location and line weight or genre and USP (unique selling point), it all comes down to the bait.  If you want them fighting over your hook, offer enticing bait.

Brenda Drake has organized another pitching event called PitMad on twitter. Tomorrow (January 8th) from 8am until 8pm various agents and publishers will stop by to see if anything at #PitMad catches their eye.

In 140 characters you must include your genre, the #PitMad hashtag and plot blurb that will stop traffic. It’s like packing for a monthlong trip in a shoebox…but it can be done. And while you are crafting one pitch, craft a second and a third. Test the waters with each, but keep in mind there are rules about pitching frequency. You’ll scare all the fish away if you overdo it. Pitch limit is usually 2 per hour.

So if you have a completed and polished novel, try #PitMad and test the waters. You may just get a bite!

Check out the following websites for helpful tips on writing and honing your pitch:

http://blog.janicehardy.com , http://avajae.blogspot.com  , http://thereanddraftagain.wordpress.com

And for more information, always start at the source: http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitmad/

Good luck!

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