Well, I didn't make the cut for Pitch Madness. *Let's all cry for me and send me chocolates* Only 60 out of 1000 were chosen. I can't say I was super surprised since I wasn't very prepared, but I was definitely bummed out. There was a lot of excitement around the event that had me hopeful. It was my first twitter contest/pitch wars/query ever, so I give myself a little pat on the back for it.
There was a whole lot of Middle Grade queries picked, which I found odd. It seemed like the teams are comprised mostly of very clean young adult and middle grade with a few humor adult novels. I submitted The Last Legacy, which as we know, is not close to any of these genres. So maybe it was a genre thing?
Overall, I learned a whole lot, met a ton of new people, and gained some great experience. In case you missed my pitch, here's what I submitted:
I’m stolen from my home during a National assault. Eaters crawl towards my fractured body, trying to devour me. I fall for my captor turned savior, and we flee the refuge, paranoia on our heels.
I had on agent contact me and tell me her advice: "My suggestion would be to add your character's name and an age or descriptor, rather than "I." (Assuming the story is not about you the author.). So, if it's YA maybe, Sixteen-year-old Valedictorian Gabby ... the descriptor should tell us something specific about the character that relates to the story. If she is Valedictorian but that doesn't matter to the story, then you'd choose something different, or skip that qualifier and just have name and age."
However, there's another pitch contest that begins March 11th and I'm going in stronger and much more prepared. This one is called #pitmad and it's run a little differently. Please, if you know anything about it, message me because I'm just learning from Brenda Drake's website...
It's set up like a twitter party where everyone queries their 140 word pitch under the hashtag #pitmad and their genre, so mine would be #NA. Then you have the remainder for a pitch. Here's the kicker, you can query more than one manuscript, but they MUST be finished, so I'm just doing The Last Legacy. Still, you can query different pitches, only two per manuscript per hour. The event runs from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Agents and publishers head onto the #pitmad tag and favorite the ones they really like. They'll tweet about what to do if your query is favorited and how to go to the next step. But that's it! It sounds easy enough, but I'm dying trying to come up with new pitches that are only 140 characters. It's hard work.
I'm begging for feedback. What do you think of this pitch? I got it to exactly 140 characters...
Ex-foster-kid Lana is kidnapped after National assault. She falls for her captor and they run, fighting Eaters along the way. #Pitmad #NAdys
You guys have to help me win this one!
© Taylor Lavati 2017
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