Saturday, January 26, 2013

Twitter Pitching Madness

Yesterday I participated in the Twitter pitching event #PitMad. Basically you post a short pitch of your story and agents and editors are able to read it. It didn't take me very long to figure out that as hard as writing a regular pitch is, whittling one down to less than a 140 characters was even harder, particularly since I was trying to accomplish the task at the last minute.

I got a tiny nibble from an agent who, sadly, doesn't handle YA, but it was encouraging, as was the nice feedback some of the other writers on my Twitter feed posted.

When the dust settled, I'd posted 3 micro-pitches. My personal favorite was the 3rd one, which I think I posted about 10 minutes before the event ended.

Here's what I managed to come up with.

Dwarf teen, Grace, is more than a mark on a measuring stick. Convincing others, including the local farm boy, proves difficult YA   (I already have a few ideas about how I'm going to clean this up and make it a bit more concise.)

Dwarf performer, Grace, finds convincing people, she's a person and not a doll an overwhelming challenge. Contemp YA

Being a 4’ teen dwarf is tough. Teaching magic to a pig, tougher yet. Hiding her feelings for the local farm boy ... impossible. YA

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