Your pitches for your fiction, whether for adults or children, should be strong, polished, and unique. A pitch needs to give us a clear sense of your writing style and utilize those few lines to help your story stand out in an ocean of stories if you hope for an agent or editor to like it.
Remember to follow our general guidelines found on our main #FaithPitchpage, including…
1. A fiction pitch should be short, but descriptive in a way that allows you to shine a spotlight on the best features of your story.
2. Use 1-2 comparative titles if it will help others to visualize an accurate depiction of your pitch.
3. Your manuscript must be done. It should be edited well, polished as best as you can, and ready to submit to an industry pro if they ask for it.
4. Try to include the conflict at the core of your story. What are the key elements? Who is your protagonist? What is he/she trying to accomplish? What is stopping him/her from reaching said goal?
5. Each tweet must include the #FaithPitch hashtag AND an identifying hashtag (age group). Genre hashtags are optional.
6. Your pitches should be sent out in intervals as opposed to all at one time — we allow only four (4) posts per manuscript between 8am to 8pm CST (9am-9pm ET, 6am-6pm PT).
7. You can re-tweet your friends’ pitches and comment, but do not “heart” them on the feed as hearts are for the editors and agents who are interested in inviting participants to query.
8. No Photos. No Political Commentaries. No Ads. No Selling Products.
#FaithPitch does not replace actual query letters and manuscript proposals, however, as a Twitter Pitch Party, #FaithPitch is a great tool for you to add to your writing toolbox as it allows you to receive feedback, make connections, and take a worthwhile risk.
We are excited to host you and wish you all the best in your publishing journey.
2019 was our first year to introduce non-fiction manuscripts to the event and we are excited to see what these additions bring to #FaithPitch.
While it can take time for new additions to grow during events like these, we have already heard from several agents and editors excited by the change.
Key ideas you might utilize to make an impact on agents and editors could be:
Overview of the project
Questions being answered
Time and Setting
It’s important to ensure that your non-fiction manuscript has strong writing, a unique angle or story, and that you have already started building your platform.
Generally, when presenting non-fiction queries to industry professionals, a full manuscript is not required, especially at conferences, where time is limited and an agent or editor may only request your proposal, table of contents, etc. For this event, we would prefer that you have a mostly complete Non-Fiction manuscript (fully outlined & written), however, you could also have a fully prepared proposal ready to submit as well. This is important because if an agent/editor asks to see it in full, you want to be ready to submit it.
For #FaithPitch, your non-fiction manuscript pitch should be clear and not confusing; it should be concise and not wordy. Your non-fiction pitch should hook readers and generate excitement for how you are solving a problem or adding a benefit for your readers. Non-fiction needs to be salable and compelling or you may be passed over.
We look forward to hosting you during our three different events this year and wish you all the best in your publishing journey.