Date: Friday 1st May 2020
When: 8am-8pm (BST)
Who: all writers of Children’s Fiction from PB to YA
How: simply post your tweet length pitch using the hashtag #WMPitch and if an agent likes your pitch, go to their profile and follow their submission instructions (full details/rules below)
Our first ever #WMPitch will be on Friday 1st May, from 8-8 (BST), specifically planned for those who are writers of children’s fiction, but especially for those who may have applied for our summer mentoring programme, and may have been unsuccessful on the 30th April.
This is your chance to pick yourself back up again, to carry on like us writers must do after each and every, very common, setback and rejection. It’s our way of life, our bread and butter, our midi-chlorians, so here’s another chance to get that project out there, to maybe get the attention of a dream agent.
As always with WriteMentor, please make the tone and atmosphere of the day be one of altruism, kindness and encouragement.
Do RT pitches you love the sound of and do reply to give words of encouragement/praise.
HOWEVER, do NOT like posts, unless you are an agent. I know from experience that writers sit and wait for a like on their pitches and you can raise the hopes of a friend, only for them to be let down, by a careless click.
- All pitches must be 1 tweet in length (please leave characters for hashtags)
- Threads are not allowed.
- You do not need to include the title of your manuscript.
- All pitches must be tweeted between 8am-8pm (BST) on Friday 1st May
- They should not include images/GIFs or screenshot text
- Do not include links to WattPad or any other website where your manuscript can be found, or your own author website.
- They must be for a completed, polished children’s manuscript
- That includes PB (Picture Books), CB (Chapters Books), MG (Middle Grade) and YA (Young Adult) in any genre
- A hashtag guide is below to indicate which age category/genre your pitch is for
- Only use the hashtag when pitching – do not use it at any other time, even when replying/RTing please
- Comps (comparative titles) are useful but not essential
- You may pitch the same project up to 3 times but each pitch must be different
- You may pitch multiple projects (but up to 3 times each)
- We’d recommend spacing pitches out throughout the day to ensure better chance of being seen – busy times are 9am, Midday and 5pm – so try to schedule pitches away from those peak times.
- RTs and replies are encouraged
- Likes are only for AGENTS
- To pitch, you should be unagented
- You may be published, but should not be pitching your published story
- Self-published authors can pitch, but not with a pitch for a self-published story
- If an agent likes your pitch, you should look at their pinned tweet on their profile for instructions on what to send and where.
- You should send this as soon as possible.
- If the agent has rejected this manuscript previously, it’s worth noting this when emailing them, but still do get in touch as they may well be waiting for you to do so and maintaining excellent relationships with industry professionals is important, if you wish to work with them in the future.
- However, you do not have to send your manuscript to an agent if you have no interest in being represented by them.
Instructions for agents taking part
There is no need to register or get in touch with us. Simply go online anytime during the 1st May and use the hashtag(s) to find some great pitches.
If you like the sound of any, you can like the tweet, and also pin a tweet on your own profile, with instructions on how the writers can submit to you (this can just be a link to your usual submission instructions).
Hashtag guide for writers to use to allow easier filtering for agents
We recommend using hashtags to help agents identify the age category/genre of your book. These are a good selection to get us started. You will of course be able to elaborate in any letter you send to agents who like your pitch, so don’t feel you have to over-use the hashtags either.
If your pitch is own voices, that is your decision on to include the hashtag or not. You may prefer to indicate this on the letter to the agent later, or not at all. However, you may wish to let agents know at the pitch stage. Your pitch, your decision.
For example, if you are a disabled author who is also writing about disability as your subject matter, you’d use the combination of #DIS #OWN to alert the agent to this if you wish to.
We’ve also included a couple of extra hashtags for the PB writers to indicate a rhyming text or if they are also illustrators.
#PB = Picture Book
#CB = Chapter book
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#Own = Own voices
#LGBT = LGBTQIA+ subject matter
#MH = Mental Health subject matter
#DIS = Disability subject matter
#ND = Neurodiverse subject matter
#STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics subject matter
#Rh = Rhyming (for PBs)
#Ill = for author/illustrators (for PBs)
#AD = Adventure
#C = Contemporary
#F = Fantasy
#Fu = Funny
#H = Historical
#H = Horror
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#R = Romance
#SF = Science Fiction
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
*Please remember that anyone on Twitter can pose as an agent, so please do due diligence before sending your work to anyone who likes your tweet. If in doubt, ask around first.
Good luck to all pitchers – and May the Force be with you!
(And do let us know if #WMPitch ends up matching you with an agent you sign with! We love success stories over here at WriteMentor!)