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How to Write a Twitter Pitch for a Fantasy Novel July 13, 2013

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Hello everyone!

Several online writing contests are scheduled this summer, and a few of them offer the possibility to “pitch” agents and editors on Twitter, with a 140-character tweet presenting your completed manuscript. Yesterday it was #PitchMas, organised by Jessa Russo (@JessaRusso) and Tamara Mataya (@FeakySnucker). Unless I’m mistaken, the next scheduled Twitter Pitch session will be #PitchMadness, organised by Brenda Drake (@brendadrake) in September.

As I was browsing pitches yesterday, I noticed a trend with Fantasy writers: many of them openly said they had trouble summing up their 100k novel in 140 characters. And who can blame them? It IS very hard!

So here is my recipe for a successful Twitter pitch. Ready?

1 – Inciting Incident

2 – Main Character

3 – Plot

4 – Stakes

If you can fit it in:

5 – Genre

6 – Voice

You can check out examples of successfull pitches here: Carissa Taylor – March #PitMad Requested Pitches

Is it hard? Yes. It is doable? Yes! Yesterday during PitchMas, our very own Jessy Montgomery and Rachel Horwitz got requests!

So tell us: do you struggle with Twitter pitches? Did you get requests yesterday on Twitter? Make sure to leave us a comment or your questions below!

EM Castellan

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3 Responses to “How to Write a Twitter Pitch for a Fantasy Novel”

  1. Kate Sparkes Says:

    That sounds like a fun challenge! I never hear about these things until they’re over, but I love seeing the results. 🙂

  2. kathils Says:

    Oh yeah, I tried one of those. Thankfully you could send several pitches and I tried one from each of my three POV characters. It was HARD!!!! Then again, I didn’t have your formula when I did it.

  3. I did #PitchMAS yesterday and got one request. Your formula is definitely on target. The important thing is to show how your hook makes your story unique. You also have to remember not every agent is looking for fantasy or your kind of fantasy.


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