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holy moly, #pitmad is tomorrow, June 4

As I’ve mentioned before, Pandamoon Publishing (the folks who will be putting out my next novel, and with luck, my next-next novel) are big fans of #pitmad and its offshoots. In an eyeopening post on her newly launched blog, P’moon CEO Zara Kramer offers some tips for participating in Twitter Pitch Party Season:

7 Questions to Ask to Know if You’re Ready for #Pitmad: The Twitter Pitch Party

While Zara’s #MSWL is eclectic, I want to point you to an earlier post in which she amplifies her interest in seeing pitches for novels grounded in American History and the West:

My Manuscript Wishlist (#MSWL) for This Week: American History . . . The Wild, Wild, West, Please! 

Though she tagged that as her wish for the week of May 21, I know this is an ongoing interest, and when I read pitches for last March’s #Pitmad, I was surprised that there weren’t more titles in this category.



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#Pitmad was yesterday: Quick takes from a pinch hitter

So, suddenly #pitmad has become a feature in my life–not only did I score a book contract from  my first #pitmad event, I’ve written about #pitmad, and yesterday I subbed as a picker for my publisher, who was too busy to participate the ways she had in the past. Here’s me:

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It was an exciting day made more exciting by the fact that our modem is half-fried. I saw and faved a lot of cool stuff. But let me get to my point–there were some things I learned being on the other side:

1) The more precise the pitch, the better. If the pitch included details about place, character, etc, I was more inclined to fave.

2) Profiles. Being a newbie I wanted to be careful, so I checked out the profiles of anyone whose pitch interested me, and I was frustrated by those that didn’t feature good information or links to personal websites.

3) Multiple pitches, part one–pitching several times  throughout the day is a good idea, but there are two danger areas: a) the power pitcher who clogs the feed, and b) the multi pitch that is so repetitive that it actually reveals how thin the story is. Which leads to . . .

4) Multi-pitch, part two–yes, you only have 140 characters to get the idea across, but maybe not? I found that if I was interested in a pitch I looked at all the other versions too, and I liked it when the other pitches added new information. If that is the way others are reading pitches, then it might be time to start thinking about tweets as individuals and sets, not either or.




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#Pitmad is tomorrow: My post at Alternating Current

Alternating Current Blog The SparkThanks to Alternating Current Press for letting me have fun on their blog today, talking about my virgin #pitmad experience the ended with my book under contract. Tomorrow is the next #pitmad, and if you have a book ready to go, I recommend you give it a shot.

If you don’t know what #pitmad is, it’s a quick way to get attention for your manuscript, and right now we’re in a moment when the participants on both sides–authors and publishers/agents–are have wonderful, immediate conversations. It reminds me very much of what it was like 10-12 years ago when online journals were just heating up. You could submit a story in the morning, chat about it with the editor in the afternoon, and see it posted by evening.

If you are new to #pitmad, these are the best resources: Sub It Club’s “How to Pitmad,”and Brenda Drake’s “#PitMad

After a quick chat with my publisher yesterday, I’ve learned that she may sit this one out. She’s got quite a full roster of authors now, many of whom she recruited via #pitmad

Good Luck!


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How to enjoy a snow day

Let Trillian (rat-cha)  show you (if the vid doesn’t show, go here https://www.flickr.com/photos/128385930@N08/16576073996):

Looking forward to a snowbound writing day. Have an essay on #pitmad to finish, and I’m very excited by my latest novel project, which is already at a strong 25k words.This is the murder book that was supposed to be three novellas about a crime writing program in a small college town, but I liked the uneasy partnership between the two main characters of the first story so much, I decided I wanted to try to write more about them as the most dysfunctional sleuthing partners ever–an unethical true crime writer and her mentally unstable grad assistant. If I can keep the puppy happy and calm, I’d like to think I can push through to a readable full draft by June-July? I’d set my goal sooner, but April is effed by conferences, so I won’t get much done during that month, but all the f2f interaction with other writers is sure to fire up my competitive urges. Cheers!

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