Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IWSG - Batting, catching, pitching...

Today is another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

Today, I'm insecure about pitches.

I'm not referring to batting, catching, pitching... of the baseball kind. I'm referring to pitches for books. If you don't know, #PitMad is coming up on September 9th! #PitMad starts at 8am and goes until 8pm. You have 140 characters to pitch your novel. You must include #PitMad and genre/category if it fits. Agents can then read the pitches and favorite them if they want to read more! There's more information on Brenda Drake's site.

I'm hoping to pitch my novella, SILENT BEAUTY. I checked and novellas are allowed to be pitched. I'm hoping a small publisher or agent who represents novellas will be interested. But I'm insecure about my pitch.

 (YA/CR) 32k. Alanna's deaf; Jared's a geek. She has to open her heart to him before true love wilts. Beauty & Beast retelling.

That's what I have after a few revisions. I'd really appreciate any suggestions that might help! Thank you! Are you participating in #PitMad? If you are, good luck! :)


  1. Looks good to me. Good luck with the pitchfest.

  2. Gets a lot in 140 characters! Well done. :) Never heard of pitchfest actually, but I choose to self-publish right now, so won't be participating. Maybe in the future now I know about it. :) Best of luck. X

    Here for #IWSG

  3. Ooh that looks like a great pitch! Good luck :)

  4. Pitches. The bane of my existence...

    It looks good to me. Not that I'm an authority. Good luck with it.

  5. PitMad sounds exciting!

    I like the pitch. It gives a clear introduction to the MC's and a hint at the storyline, and is attention-getting.

    Good luck! :)

  6. You managed to get quite a lot into your twitter pitch! I hope it gets loads of favorites :D

  7. I took part in Pitch Madness a couple of years ago! It was a blast even though I didn't hook an agent from it. One tip I remember is with such a short pitch, I don't think you should include that it's a retelling or compare it to another story - let it stand on its own two feet. It comes across that this is an unusual pairing and hopefully will prick agents' ears up! Good luck!

  8. I have to agree with Nick about not including the comparison. And I'd add that I needed to know why her being deaf and his being a geek connected to the idea of love wilting if she doesn't tell him. Good luck with your pitch. They're not easy to create.