by Erica Verrillo on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Pitch fests are a limited period of time, usually one day, in which you can pitch your book to agents on Twitter.
Believe it or not, pitch fests actually work. Busy, overwhelmed agents are more likely to read and respond to an interesting Twitter pitch than they are to a query. It takes less time and a lot less effort.
However, it will not take less effort on your part. Boiling your novel down to a short sentence is loaded with pitfalls. So, I would suggest that you read What’s Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch before attempting one of these contests.
Before you pitch, it would also be a good idea to read some pitches first. Get onto Twitter and type #PitchCB into a search to read some excellent pitches. You can also generate pitches using the pitch tool on YA Writer’s Toolbox.
From the PitchWars website:
When: March 8, 2018, 8AM – 8PM
What: 3 pitches on Twitter
Why: Agents pay attention to PitMad pitches
#PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 280 character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. Because #PitMad has grown over the years, industry professionals are finding it overwhelming to search the feed. It goes by so fast now, it’s a little mind-boggling. And we don’t want to scare off the industry professionals.
You may only tweet three (3) pitches (they can be different pitches or the same pitch) per project for the day. You may pitch more than one project. I suggest every four hours or so tweet a different pitch. Or tweet during breakfast, lunch, & dinner breaks.
Do not include pictures, unless you are an author-illustrator!