The above are just two of many pitches made to agents and editors during a past picture book Twitter party. If you have a Twitter account and a completed but unpublished picture book, join the fun of making your Twitter Pitch! If you aren’t on Twitter, now’s the time to dive in and learn how to tweet so that you can participate too!
Here are the rules:
- Be succinct. Twitter only gives you 140 characters to describe your story. You must include the hashtag #PBPitch so agents and editors can easily find your tweet.
- You may pitch each completed picture book twice: once before 2 p.m. and once after 2 p.m. (Your 2nd tweet should be reworded slightly from the first.) The party lasts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
- The only likes or retweets should come from agents and editors. That makes it easy for each author to see if an agent or editor wants her to submit the manuscript for further consideration! So even if you want to show a fellow author some love for their picture book idea, DON’T DO IT.
- You can include a genre hashtag if you have room. Here are some suggested by the PBPitch people: #F=Funny, #CD = Character Driven, #NF = Nonfiction, #C= Concept, #L= Lyrical, #I= Interactive, #FT=Fairy Tale/Folk Tale
- Illustrators can participate too! You must have a completed manuscript to go with the illustration you choose to share.
There are other pitch parties on Twitter, but this is the only one devoted to picture books. Participation is free and takes very little time, so what have you got to lose?
The next PBPitch party is scheduled for June 22, 2017 between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST. You can learn more and read success stories at www.PBPitch.com. Good luck!