A pitch is a short description of your book that goes in your query letter, along with info about you as an author, and the target audience for your book. But pitches are hard to write! Luckily for all of us, there is a huge opportunity this month to get help improving our pitches before sending those query letters out!
WriteOnCon is a Free online writer's conference for kidlit writers.
It happens every year in the summer! But this Winter there is addition to the normal WriteOnCon calendar.
They're hosting a YA/MG Pitch-Fest this Feb and March!
(And no, this is not a commercial. :) It's a legitimate Writermorphosis professional Link. WriteOnCon can help you perfect your pitch, and it can put you in touch with agents who will read that YA or MG pitch and help you perfect it!)
So, what is a pitch fest? It's a free online mini-conference where you can:
1) Read advice from agents on how to improve your Pitch: on the Experts Board. (Agents are posting tips there now, and will continue throughout the 1st 1/2 of March when the voting begins.)
2.) Post your own pitch on the Forums (today) for feedback from other Authors and from Agents on how to make it better. And you can (and should, if your pitch is up there,) also give feedback to other authors on how to improve their pitches that they also have posted. It's a pitch fest - everyone gives helpful feedback to everyone else. The forums opened in February, but are still open now - join today and get feedback on your pitch!
Click the link above for complete details and rules and join pitch fest today! Here are 2 paragraphs from Pitch Fest staff to wet your appetite:
–Pitch-fest runs from March 18-22. Authors, book bloggers, readers, and our fabulous literary agents will be voting on the pitches. The favorites in each category will win prizes, including some great agent feedback or membership in the official WriteOnCon mentorship program!
–There will only be a limited number of pitches accepted. This number will be based on how many agents attend. Pitches will be selected randomly, so it doesn’t matter what time zone you live in.
Make your pitch the best it can be before you submit.
Dates to know:
February 18-March 10 – Forum peer pitch critiques (Caroline has the forum boards built! Check them out HERE)
March 11-13 – Submission of final pitches (this will be done through a Google form, NOT in the forum–details to come!)
March 14-17 – We build the boards in the forum (they will be hidden until March 18)
March 18-22 – Voting and commenting by literary agents, mentor authors, and book bloggers"
So, happy Pitch-Writing, Critiquing, Revising and Submitting. Join the Pitch Fest at WriteOnCon today, and may it move your book forward, with a great pitch, toward publication! - Janelle