Yesterday, on March 8, I participated in a Twitter event known as #PitMad, which is short for “Pitch Madness.” The event allows authors with completed manuscripts to pitch them on Twitter for any agency or publisher that may be interested in publishing a new work in a specific genre.
I followed the guidelines for #PitMad as closely as possible. An author should only tweet three pitches for a single manuscript, not include any imagery, and space the tweets about four-hours apart during the twelve-hour event. I agonized over the pitches I wrote, and I even rewrote the third one a few times before I finally tweeted it. Each tweeted pitch did receive a lot of impressions, and some interaction from other authors, but nothing from agencies or publishers. This was only my first time participating, so while I kept my hopes up, I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t get tapped to send more information about my novel.
A freak storm causes an elf and a human to seek refuge in a forbidden forest. There they find an ancient elven artifact that reveals an advanced technological past. #PitMad #A #SF
Centuries of lies become unraveled when an elf and human stumble across the elves’ true past. The ancient technological marvels they find in a forbidden forest change everything. #PitMad #A #SF
On the run from both of their people, an elf and human work together to reveal the surprising truth behind the elves’ past. They were from another world and had crash-landed centuries ago, a fact that had been kept secret by their Elders. #PitMad #A #SF
Now that the event has concluded, I’ve reflected on what I’ve learned. I think the biggest takeaway I had from the entire experience is that I’ve come to realize I’ve been leaving out a crucial detail from the pitch I include in my query letters. This is going to be the first thing I fix before I go back to querying agents.
Which crucial detail am I leaving out? The fact that the elves in my novel were once spacefaring and had crash-landed on the world they now occupy. Which of course brings up the fact that there may be other, technically advanced elves still living on their homeworld. I think this is the hook I’m missing from my current query letter pitch. Once I rewrite it to include that, I’m hoping my novel will appeal to someone. Wish me luck!