#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.
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.
>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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
#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
#AC : Action
#AD : Adventure
#CY : Comedy
#CON : Contemporary
#CR : Contemporary Romance
#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
#UF: Urban Fantasy
#W : Westerns
#WF: Womens Fiction