I know of ten parties on twitter to pitch your novel to literary agents and three author mentoring programs. In this post you’ll find links to each pitch party and mentoring program website, and parties and programs listed by calendar month.
But First… Are You Ready to Query?
Have you edited your MS for every aspect of character, setting and external plot you’ve read up on and developed as you write? Have you received constructive feedback from critical readers, focused on improving the quality of your MS, not just complimenting your writing, nor holding back for fear of hurting your feelings? Did you edit again and possibly get a second/ and third round of critical readers? (Especially if you’re a fellow pantser 😉). Deciding when you’ve finished editing is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make as a writer. For some tips to help you judge if you’re done, see this post. Also, talk to your beta readers, critique partners and or editors, as their much fresher eyes can help you make the call.
Is Your Pitch Ready?
For a thorough outline of pitch ingredients illustrated with tweet pitch examples, see my pitch crafting post. Have you also sought feedback on your pitch from fellow writers? If you’ve never pitched your book before, and you haven’t thoroughly read up on pitch craft AND read successful tweet pitches, chances are you NEED feedback. (Keep an eye on my Twitter feed if you’d like feedback from me, as I usually tweet asking who’d like feedback before #Pitmad, #SFFPit and #PBPitch.) For more preparation advice, get your Pre-Pitch Party Checklist by subscribing to my newsletter.
Which Pitch Party is for Me?
More Pitch Party Details
For current dates, participation rules, which hashtags to use etc, visit the website of the party you’re pitching in. Please note -literary agents and Indie Publishers will search party-specific hashtags to view pitches, so if for example you pitch a fantasy novel in #SFFPit on #F, your pitch will not appear on industry professional feeds and they will not see your pitch. (For #SFFpit they’ll be searching #FA for fantasy.) Not every party has its own hashtags or participation or retweeting rules, so check party websites ahead of time to be safe instead of sorry.
There are also parties for critiquing tweet pitches which run before some big pitch parties, such as #Mockpit (hosted by @KyraMNelson) and #Pracpit. #WMPitch has its own pitch feedback party #PeerPitch, while #DVPit’s feedback party is #PreDVPit.
Pitch Parties By Calendar Month
*All dates on this post are based on 2020 dates as of September 14th, but many events will run during the same month in 2021*
Writer Mentoring Events
There are three mentoring programs which involve matching writers with mentors, who will provide manuscript editing notes and help writers hone manuscript for submission, #Pitchwars mentors also helping with query package edits. For #AuthorMentorMatch and #Pitchwars the mentors are authors, for #Revpit they are editors.