TOP 6 PITCHING TIPS FOR TWITTER
The CamCat team has participated in many Twitter pitching events, and there is so much advice out there on how best to pitch to agents and publishers with your tweet. We’ve asked our Acquisitions Team to share their tips and best practices for catching the attention of a publisher or agent (*Hint Hint* Be sure to use their recommendations during our #CamCatPitMad events. Learn more here).
TOP 10 PITCHING TIPS FOR TWITTER
- Have an eye-catching, original, specific “meets” statement. A meets statement is a great way to capture the essence of your book and show where it fits in its genre by comparing it to multiple established works. Make sure to be specific to your book. A meets statement like Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson for a YA fantasy book, for instance, which references two extremely popular examples in much different subgenres, does not reveal enough specific qualities about your book. It might also be helpful to reference books that, while well-known, are not overused. If every pitch has a similar meets statement, every pitch starts to look the same.
- Focus your pitch on what distinguishes your manuscript. A new take on an old theme? A character? A plot twist? A locale?
- Give us an idea of your MC. What distinguishes them? What makes them tick? What do they need/want? What’s in their way? Why should I care for them? Root for them?
- A book is only as good as its antagonist. If yours deserves attention, be sure to let us know.
- Don’t try to be too clever. Be clear instead.
- Be sure to include many hashtags in your pitch, including the target age group. But make sure the hashtags are relevant to your manuscript.