So if you’re like me, and you’ve got your novel out into the universe all spliced and editing and polished, then you’re ready to query! Which means you get to do awesome pitch contests like PitMad!
For those of you that don’t know, PitMad is an amazing Twitter based chance to pitch to MANY agents and editors at the same time. Of course, there are restrictions. It has to be under 140 characters, and there is a 12 hour window. Brenda Drake runs this contest (sometimes with a little help) and you can find more information about this and PitchWars (another awesome contest) at: www.brenda-drake.com
SO YOU ENTERED PITMAD- NOW WHAT?!
First: Stop pitching with the PitMad hashtag. I know, I know, and I get the temptation to do it, but it’s just not in good taste. It does go noticed, and while this community is so great and warm and loving, it’s just better not to get off on the wrong foot. Is that really how you want people to remember you?
Think of it like every episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Heck, or even Bachelor in Paradise. We want to know that you’re here for the right reasons.
Second: Give yourself a big pat on the back! It’s hard to put yourself out there! Seriously. It’s pumpkin-spice latte season. Go get one of those bad boys!
Lastly: Go query those agents and editors! They’re excited to see your stuff! I’ve seen more than one post on Twitter about being stoked to see their inboxes filling up with things that they’re excited for.
BUT WHAT IF...
Wait what? You still have questions???
I know, I know. A lot of you have been behind the scenes in subgroups and on Twitter going: “But what if…” So I got in touch with Brenda, and asked her a few of those burning questions we all seem to have.
Q: What should you do if an agent likes your pitch, but you have received a rejection letter from them? In some cases, these writers have revised their manuscripts since the rejection. They are just curious if they should send a nudge to the agent, or not?
A: Send the request and state in the query that they have seen the ms/pages/query before and that it was rejected but they have since revised.
Q: What happens if you receive a like from an agent at an agency that has already sent a pass and their policy indicates that you should not try resubmitting to another agent there?
A: Send the request. This is a different situation than submitting coldly.
Q: What happens if you receive likes from multiple agents at the same agency?
A: Send the request to all agents that requested at the agency and mention in the query the other agents that had requested it.
Note about this one: I am loving the Entagled-Twitter-MS-Battle of 2016.
Q: Oh, and what to do if you can't find information on an Agent or Editor's Twitter for their Pitmad Submission Guidelines?
A: If they can't find a tweet - follow the guidelines on the agent's website.
Q: What do you do if you have an agent like, but you already have a query with them in their slush? Or if you have a query in with an associate at that agent?
A: Same protocol as the two agent thing and just let the agent know that he/she already has a query.
Thanks again Brenda for answering all my quesitons!
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!
But seriously, if you have any more questions, just ask! This community is great! Kit Grant just did this awesome blog entry about how this isn’t a writing contest. “This is NOT the Hunger Games of Writing.” We’re all here to support one another and help build better writers and just enjoy this community! Check it out, it’s a good read! You can find it here: http://kgtellsstories.tumblr.com
Also, if you’re looking for more pitch or writing contests, check out L.M. Pierce’s WRITING AND PITCH CONTESTS: THE EPIC AND COMPLETE DIRECTORY. You can find that bad boy here: http://www.piercebooks.com/single-post/2016/09/09/ULTIMATE-WritersAuthors-Tweeter-Pitch-Contests
Thats all for today! Make sure you follow me on Twitter @Dantemedema. Tune in next week when I discuss PitMad trends with Heather Cashman and how to craft a successful Twitter Pitch.