Wednesday, May 23, 2012

All About "The Writer's Voice" Twitter Pitch Party

And to wrap up the month’s festivities, we give you “The Writer’s Voice” Twitter Pitch Party!

If you want to play…

Pitch your finished manuscript on the hashtag #WVTP. (In other words, your Twitter pitch must include the hashtag #WVTP; otherwise, the agents will only see it if they're already following you.) You may pitch anytime you see an agent online--just don't go crazy and pitch more than once during an agent visit. We will monitor the hashtag and gently inform you if you're being obnoxious.

The agents will be hopping in and out of the feed during the party hours (12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow) and tweeting their requests for the manuscripts that pique their interests. Simple, right? Not if more than one makes a request on the same pitch!

Keeping in the spirit of “The Writer's Voice,” if two or more agents request the same pitch, you must choose one of them and announce it in the feed. (They promise not to hold any rejections against you.)

If you get a request...

You must e-mail us at TheWritersVoiceContest(at)gmail(dot)com and tell us which agent requested your work. We'll verify the request and send you the agent's submission guidelines.

So get your Twitter pitches ready and meet us at #WVTP tomorrow, May 24, at 12:00 noon EDT. Anyone may enter, including “The Writer’s Voice” finalists and even other writers who didn’t make it into the contest, so it’s sure to be a party! And don’t forget to check out the agents’ Twitter feeds to get a feel for what they’re looking for:

John M. Cusick as @johnmcusick
Vickie Motter as @Vickie_Motter
Natalie M. Lakosil as @Natalie_Lakosil
Pam van Hylckama as @BookaliciousPam
Hannah Bowman as @hannahnpbowman

Good luck! Feel free to leave any questions you might have in the comments below.


Kristen Wixted said...

Oh, so we lurk around and see who's online, then time our pitch? If we don't pitch when a certain agent is online then they won't see it?
Or they might, still?

Sorry for the confusion, Krista--just want to be sure I get it.
Thank you!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Yeah, Kristen, because of the nature of Twitter, you're going to want to keep an eye on the participating agents' feeds and pitch only when you see one of them tweeting about the contest. Otherwise, your pitch might get buried, and the agents might not see it (since we've told them they're not obligated to scroll through the entire hashtag feed). That means you are allowed to pitch more than once (up to five times, as a matter of fact), just to give your pitch the maximum exposure possible.

Does that help?

Kristen Wixted said...

Yes, very much. Thanks.
I hope you have a great weekend, btw. Have a nice break!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

You're welcome, Kristen! I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself now that I don't have "The Writer's Voice" to worry about:)