#FaithPitch News (Updated February 2018)

To kick off 2018, we’re officially getting ready to host our first of three #FaithPitch events of the year! Wednesday, February 28 from 8am to 8pm CST, you will have the opportunity to pitch your latest and greatest Christian Fiction manuscript to agents and editors within the industry. You manuscript must be finished, been through revisions, and be ready to share via a 280-CHARACTER pitch!

Yep, you read that right! Thanks to the late-in-the-year change by Twitter to give everyone LOTS more characters per tweet, we are making the change as well. You will have 280-characters (or less) to pitch your manuscript!

Now, there are a couple of things to remember as you prepare for this event.

1) We did not create this concept nor are we the only pitch party out there. There are many opportunities popping up each week (#PitMad, #PBPitch, #SFFPit, #IWSGPit, etc.) for you to share your best “elevator pitches” for your manuscripts, whether faith-based or not. #FaithPitch is a tool for you to add to your author tool-bag. It is an opportunity to share your work and possibly receive feedback and connect with an industry professional.

2) This event is for faith-based fiction. Yes, most of what is found here is Christian fiction, and yes, most of our agents and editors are looking exclusively for authors whose stories stem from a biblically-founded worldview. However, there will be many perspectives from various denominations, ethnicities, and points-of-view even within this niche. We remain dedicated to hosting a positive and respectful event. There are a variety of pitch parties, including ones specifically for picture books, speculative fiction, fantasy, and more. We are not and don’t imply that we offer all things to all people.

3) We cannot guarantee who follows us during our event. Participants will come and go as their schedule allows. We invite at least 50-100 industry professionals for each of our three online pitch events, but the agents and editors that we invite may very well be busy that day and unable to join us. Or, some are closed to queries. Or, some are not looking for what you are currently offering in a specific genre or category. However, many do participate and we have had several success stories. In addition, quite a few have let us know that they browse our feed a few days after the event when time permits to see what is available.

Our 2018 #FaithPitch Guidelines:

  • #FaithPitch is a one day writing event on Twitter for faith-based writers to share a pitch made up of 280-CHARACTERS (or less) for their unpublished, yet completed Christian fiction manuscript directly with agents and editors by using the hashtag #FaithPitch.
  • This event is open to writers of children’s fiction (board books, picture books, etc.) as well as middle grade, young adult, and adult novels that fall under the categories of inspirational, faith-based, biblical worldview, or Christian. But, FICTION only!
  • You must be tweeting pitches for finished, edited, and unpublished manuscripts. Not half-done or kinda finished. Completed. Edited. Fully Ready.
  • You may only tweet an individual pitch 4 times per manuscript (up to 4 different manuscripts) every two (2) hours during the event. Create variations of your pitch (Twitter will block tweets that are exactly the same) and don’t use the same one four times. You cannot pitch the same story more than the allotted 4 times between 8am and 8pm CST (9am-9pm EST).
  • Your pitch can now be 280-Characters or less (Thank You Twitter), including the contest hashtag #FaithPitch as well as the correct hashtags for your genre and age group. The hashtag (#) is necessary because it organizes the pitches by category for those monitoring the Twitter feed looking for specific types of books.
  • While we are accepting pitches for all age groups, we are specific about the genres that we accept, so to be sure your type of manuscript is being accepted, please review the hashtag list in the right sidebar. ——->>————————>>—————>>—————>>————————————–>> It includes range of options, including Graphic Novels, Women’s Fiction, Steampunk, and Thrillers.
  • Do NOT Attach Photos/Graphics, unless it’s an illustration for a Picture Book. No Ads. Your pitch will be deleted if it has images that do not belong.
  • Hearts=Favorites and are to only be used by the industry pros when they desire to see more from an author. You can retweet (RT) with a comment to show support of a friend or a particular pitch.
  • If you receive a heart (favorite/like) by an agent or editor, research them prior to sending your query going to their websites or reading through our blog highlights to learn more about them. Do your due dilligence, check the company submissions guidelines, and make sure you know with whom you might be dealing with BEFORE you send a reply to someone requesting your work. You don’t have to submit to anyone if you don’t want to work with them.
  • Please be sure to be professional and polite in your interactions with each other and our professionals at all times (even if you decide to not query a pro). Be aware that we will not tolerate rudeness or unkindness at any time to anyone participating.
  • Do not tweet agents or publishers directly unless they reach out to you first. Participating agents & publishers will heart (<3) your tweet if they like it. Some will post their submission guidelines early or the day of, and some will tell you when they favorite your tweet what they want, but if you don’t see it listed, follow the guidelines posted on their website.
  • Be sure to include “#FaithPitch Request:TITLE” in the subject line when you email them your requested material…unless they ask for something different.
  • If you see anyone abusing our feed, please report it to Twitter AND notify us right away.
  • This online-only event will take place on Twitter via the hashtag #FaithPitch. Our Twitter feed @Faith_Pitch is a good place to ask questions prior to or during the event and where we’ll share up-to-the minute news too, including the start and finish of the event.

    We all have busy times and days, and this day will probably be no exception. However, if you can’t be in front of your computer, you can use applications, like Hootesuite, Coschedule, or Tweetdeck, to schedule your pitches into the feed throughout the day.

    We know pitching contests work because we have multiple success stories happening each event! Whether you do or don’t receive a favorite, we are blessed by your courage, your hard work, and are happy you chose to participate.
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    For Agents and Editors
    Hi! Howdy! Hello! Welcome to #FaithPitch! All literary agents and acquiring editors of faith-based fiction, whether for kids or adults, are welcome to participate. Here’s a few notes on participating this year:

    >You can find our pitches by searching for #FaithPitch on Twitter. You can also include age category or genre hashtags to narrow your search. To exclude a hashtag, put a minus (-) in front of it.
    >Be sure to click the “Latest” tab if you’re searching on Twitter, to see all tweets in real-time.
    >Whether you favorite one or just want to invite more than one submission, please relay your submission guidelines using our hashtag. This way authors know who you are, when you arrive, and how to query you.
    >You can let authors know you’re interested by clicking the Like (Heart/Favorite) button on individual pitches.
    >If the day gets away from you, you are always welcome to make requests after the event ends or even the next day or two.

    We appreciate you joining us and thank you for your time!
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    A Twitter Pitch Party is a terrific opportunity for unpublished, unagented writers to possibly skip the slush pile while promoting a completed manuscript and receiving feedback. We know that the Christian Fiction industry, which is narrow just by definition, can be hard to find representation. We hope events like this will open the door for new voices to be heard and find a home for their stories, characters, and dreams.

    Keep checking on our Twitter account as well as here at the #FaithPitch tab on our website and blog for up-to-date information, rules and changes.

    If the February date doesn’t work into your schedule, remember we will have two more opportunities for you to participate in 2018: June 28, 2018 and November 28, 2018!

    You can help spread the word by sharing this information on your favorite social media format as well as with those in your writing groups, book clubs, conference classes, and inner circles that might be interested in participating.

    If you don’t see a genre or if you have any event questions, please contact us at hello@littlelambbooks.com.

    #FaithPitch Hashtags


    Age Categories:

    #PB : Picture Book
    #C : Children’s
    #CB : Chapter Book
    #CL : Children’s Lit
    #ER : Early Reader
    #MG : Middle Grade
    #YA : Young Adult
    #NA : New Adult
    #A : Adult

    Genres/Sub-genres:

    #A: Amish
    #AC : Action
    #AD : Adventure
    #CY : Comedy
    #CON : Contemporary
    #CR : Contemporary Romance
    #F: Fantasy
    #FT: Fairy Tale
    #GN : Graphic Novel
    #HM : Humor
    #HF : Historical Fiction
    #HR : Historical Romance
    #INSPY : Inspirational
    #LF : Literary Fiction
    #M : Mystery
    #MC : Multi-Cultural
    #ML : Military
    #R : Romance
    #RS : Romantic Suspense
    #S : Suspense
    #SF : SciFi
    #SP : Steampunk
    #SPF: Speculative Fiction
    #T: Thriller
    #TS: Time-Slip
    #UF: Urban Fantasy
    #W : Westerns
    #WF: Womens Fiction