We are so excited that for 2017 (and beyond), we have chosen to host #FaithPitch, the twice-a-year Twitter Pitch Party for writers of faith-based fiction.
For those new and wondering “What is #FaithPitch?” here’s a description: #FaithPitch is a one day writing event held on Twitter, where faith-based writers have the opportunity to tweet a 140-character pitch for their unpublished, but completely finished manuscript. Agents and editors within the industry are invited to browse the feed and search for their next author/book, whether it be for kids or adults.
#FaithPitch is happening twice this year, on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, June 28 from 8am to 8pm Central Standard Time (CST), and we’re inviting agents, editors, and yes, even our fellow publishers throughout the industry to join us.
A Twitter Pitch Party is a terrific opportunity for unpublished, unagented writers to maybe skip the slush pile while promoting their completed manuscript and receiving feedback. We know that in the Christian Fiction industry, which is narrow just by definition, it 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.
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.
Each 140-character pitch (sentence) must have the hashtag #FaithPitch in it as well as at least one genre/age group hashtag. The hashtag (#) is necessary because it organize the pitches by category for those monitoring the Twitter feed looking for specific types of books.
Be sure to read ALL the rules below so we can make #FaithPitch a success. Please make note that there is no guarantee of a specific publisher or agency joining the pitch party or of your pitch being chosen. And, it’s up to you to research those agents and companies that do communicate with you to ensure that they are legit and that y’all are a good fit.
The #FaithPitch event will take place on our Twitter feed @Faith_Pitch. And, it’s also there you can ask questions prior to the event and where we’ll share up-to-the minute news too.
Our rules are as straight forward as our title. #FaithPitch is for completed FICTION that falls under the categories of inspirational, faith-based, biblical worldview, or Christian.
While we are accepting pitches for all age groups, we are specific about the genres that we accept, so please review the hashtag list in the right sidebar to be sure your type of manuscript is being accepted.
- To take part, simply tweet your 140 character pitch for your book, including the hashtag #FaithPitch. Although you may use the same one repeatedly, TRY to have several variations of your pitch available to share. You are allowed to pitch more than one (1) manuscript during the day.
- You must be tweeting pitches for finished, edited, and unpublished manuscripts.
- You may pitch up to 6 different pitches per manuscript throughout the day, but no more than 1 pitch per 2 hours per project. This means, you need to have several variations of your pitch available to share.
Example: Emily is pitching one children’s picture book about friendship. She sets up her variety of pitches in the following timeline. Pitch #1 at 8:15am, Pitch #2 at 10:45am, Pitch #3 at 1pm, Pitch #4 at 4:30pm, Pitch #5 at 6:15pm, and Pitch #6 at 8pm. Each pitch includes #PB or #C depending on the number of characters she’s using. Emily uses four different pitches spread out every 1.5-2 hours on the day of the pitch party. Emily gets a favorite and can say she had a successful strategy! Yeah Emily!
- You are allowed to pitch more than one (1) manuscript during the day. You are NOT allowed to pitch the same story more than the allotted SIX times between 8am and 8pm CST (That would be the equivalent of 9am-9pm EST).
- Be sure to include the correct genre and age group hashtags as well as the mandatory #FaithPitch in your tweets. Scroll the list of age and category hashtags below.
- Those agents & publishers participating 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.
- As industry professionals are announced, be sure to check them out by going to their websites or reading through our blog highlights to learn more about them. Do your research, 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.
- Be sure to include “#FaithPitch Request:TITLE” in the subject line when you email them your requested material…unless they ask for something different.
- Please be sure to be professional and polite in your interactions with each other and our professionals at all times. Be aware that we will not tolerate rudeness or unkindness at any time.
- Do not tweet agents or publishers directly unless they reach out to you first.
- Remember not to favorite/heart a friend or fellow author’s tweets. It slows down the feed and causes undo anxiety when the person realizes it’s not an agent or publisher. Thank you.
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 or Tweetdeck, to schedule your pitches into the feed throughout the day.
If you see anyone abusing our feed, please report it to Twitter or notify us right away. Thank you!
Keep checking on our Twitter account as well as here at the #FaithPitch tab on our website and blog for up-to-date information and rules, and as we have confirmed publishers and agents participating in the feed we’ll let you know (although may be stealthy and just go unannounced).
We are super excited to see you on February 28, 2017. Our summer event will be hosted on June 28, 2017.
If you don’t see a genre or if you have any 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
#AD : Adventure
#CY : Comedy
#CON : Contemporary
#CR : Contemporary Romance
#F : Fantasy/Fairytale
#HF : Historical Fiction
#HR : Historical Romance
#INSPY : Inspirational
#LF : Literary Fiction
#M : Mystery
#MC : Multi-Cultural
#MY : Military
#R : Romance
#RS : Romantic Suspense
#SFF : SciFi
#SP : Steampunk
#S : Suspense
#W : Westerns