Twitter pitches gave me the pitching twitches

Have you ever seen stage make-up in the full day of light? On stage, with all the stripping lights, it looks fabulous. But when you see that same make-up on someone just walking around during the day, it’s confronting – too much. This is kind of like my introduction to twitter pitching. Pitches I believed too fantastical, too in-your-face, ended up being the life of the twitter party. In other circumstances the pitch might look out of place – like the party animal whose outlandish behaviourΒ  at a frat party is encouraged, but that same behaviour would be frowned upon should they turn up to a job interview wearing a beer-chugging hat. But are twitter pitches as one-dimensional as this? Or like the beer-chugging frat boy who calls his mummy on Sundays and ruffles the hair of his youngest niece, is there a depth and intensity that you never saw until you gave them more than a passing glance? Yes, of course πŸ™‚ Twitter pitching might have given me the pitching twitches, but it was a great sensation: it made me feel something again.

I loved the way my friend Jean would get all *shifty eyed* when we spoke about involving other people into the world of my book. Well now, not only am I giving the milk away for free, I’m throwing in a milking station and jean-short wearing cowboy – who likes to massage . . . It was sobering to throw my story in people’s faces 24 times in 12 hours and have people scan past it. It made me realise that there are a lot of great stories out there and that they sound a hell of a lot more interesting than mine. And it made me realise my hook is more just ‘slightly-bent’ and that it’s going to need some serious shaping to latch anyone with its curvy goodness. That can never be a bad thing πŸ™‚

I don’t want to get into what makes a great twitter pitch; people do this so much better than I. (Check them out one day. The ones I tried are #pitchMAS and #SFFpit, but there was #pitmad a few days prior ) I do have two opportunities with agents wanting to see my query, so that was pretty awesome. And after spending two months building my query and then moaning because I couldn’t send it out to agents this close to Christmas, it was nice to finally send those first two queries and have that feeling of hope resurface. Because isn’t that what keeps us going? As corny as hope is as a concept, I would rather have the possibility of rejection, than no possibility at all. It’s exciting – like when you know you shouldn’t call the love interest who shows little interest in you, and you know they won’t return your call. But don’t you just love that feeling in the pit of your belly that makes you feel alive?



14 thoughts on “Twitter pitches gave me the pitching twitches

  1. Ah, I love this post. I am terrible at Twitter Pitches myself. Only took part in one pitchfest which was pitmad last August – I think it was August. I was out the day of pitchmad last week but for Pitchmas I was standing by hitting the RT like a demon possessed. Such wonderful sounding stories in so few words. I was super impressed!

  2. Well… The only comment I can make is this. If you can come up with a title like “Twitter pitches gave me the pitching twitches,” there is NOTHING you can’t do!!! Just keep after it!

  3. Good analogy. Maybe those sorts of twitter pitches just stood out and that’s what that sort of pitching is about? I’ve never tried twitter-pitching, but it sounds scary. At least it made you realize what you need to change. Congrats on getting the attention of two agents!

    • It was an experience – that’s for sure πŸ™‚ I think you have to know how to stand out from the pack, and I’m a little too matter-of-fact than bells and whistles. Which is weird because my book has a fair amount of lightheartedness..I just need to learn how to transmit that flavour through the pitch.

  4. I agree. When you put yourself out there, no matter how you do it, there is always hope. Personally, I don’t tweet, but I blog, facebook, etc. I will shamelessly promote myself. I know people probably get sick of it, but if you want to succeed you have to put yourself out there and write better, of course.

  5. I’m glad I participated, but I’m kind of glad the next one isn’t till March…. I really want to focus on my queries now. Luckily, these pitching exercises really put my hook in perspective. Hopefully, I know how to stand out a little more πŸ™‚

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