No, this isn't a post about escalating the hot candle wax trick from 50 Shades of Gray by using hot pitch. It's about some opportunities to pitch your book to agents!
But first, some of my own news on that front. Queries for Crow's Rest were sent out last week, plus I made it through to the agent round of Brenda Drake's Pitch Madness--407 people entered, but only 64 were picked. Ha ha, I missed out on some of the decision-torture by being clueless that the judges were tweeting about entries by genre; I went back and looked later and apparently mine was up against a YA paranormal romance and ultimately won the slot. But it was close! I generally don't have as much confidence in my one-line pitches (and this one had a max of 35 words) as my queries, so I think it was the first-page sample that swayed them. Here's the pitch I sent:
wants to evict the creature who has taken residence in her boyfriend's body,
but preventing the corbin from fulfilling his mission will plunge the world
into another Dark Age.
Our pitch and first page go up tomorrow (mine will be on S.M. Johnston's blog) and agents will be placing blind bids. Then on March 28 they'll reveal the winning bids, plus any ties. It all sounds very complicated, but it's exciting and maddening to be a part of these contests!
If you didn't make it into this one, or found out too late to submit, you can still get in on some of the fun by participating in the Pitch Madness Twitter Party with the hashtag #PitMad on March 29. "So get your 140 character twitter pitch ready. Make sure to include the hashtag #PitMad
and try to fit the genre (YA, MG, Adult, NA, and so on) in the pitch.
We've had some success stories come out of our previous PitMads so shine
up the pitches!" says Brenda.
The other upcoming pitch opportunity is Operation Awesome's Mystery
Agent Contest on April 1. Details of the agent's wishlist will go up on Operation Awesome tomorrow, so look for that.
These are a great way to
see how your pitch compares to others in your genre (does it stand out,
or does it sound too similar?), so I encourage you to enter these pitch contests!