Lately the buzz word for pitches has become the Twitter Pitch. You may see agents asking for Twitter Pitches in contest or hey, on Twitter! So what is this? Basically, it’s where you sum up the essence of your novel in 140 characters or 2o words.
What are the benefits to a Twitter Pitch?
1. It’s a quick, concise version of your book.
2. You can offer your readers or listeners a snapshot of what your book is about.
3. Catches a person’s attention. (Remember, we live in a fast food age!)
4. Often it’s a phrase or thought rather than a sentence.
How to Craft a Twitter Pitch:
Ah, now here’s the tricky part. We have already agreed that it’s short. But it must also have power, be clear and have a hook that will make your reader want more. Enough to buy the book.
1. Study examples. Below, I’ve listed examples of pitches from the OneFour KidLit authors.
2. Jot down notes of what your book is about.
3. Now start piecing together those notes, slashing unnecessary words.
4. Make sure you include the character, the conflict, and the basic essence of the story.
5. Details. Be as specific as you can without spoilers.
Things to Remember:
1. Add in your own flair.
2. Use power verbs.
3. Use visual words.
If you wish to write a one sentence pitch and aren’t worried over the length, then check out Nathan Bransford’s blog. I LOVE Nathan Bransford’s simple formula: “When [opening conflict] happens to [character(s)], they must [overcome conflict] to [complete their quest].”
Check out Carissa Taylor’s post for more information here.
YA Mythological Paranormal (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s)
A girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows discovers a Korean god kidnaps the oldest daughter of her family.
HEART BAND (Book 1: I Heart Band, Book 2: Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies)
MG Contemporary (Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap)
A series about the thrills and spills, practices and performances, crushes and crises of middle school band geeks.
YA thriller (Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin)
A math whiz from a trailer park discovers she’s the only student capable of unraveling complex clues left by a serial killer who’s systematically getting rid of her classmates.
YA historical thriller (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s)
Psychic teens in Soviet Russia are forced to spy for the KGB against the backdrop of impending nuclear war.
YA Sci-fi (St. Martin’s/MacMillan)
A girl wins escape from a brutal life on her planet’s surface only to face the cruel realization that her new life within the core has its own set of horrors.
THE DELICIOUS DOUBLE LIFE OF GLADYS GATSBY
An 11-year old girl secretly becomes a food critic for The New York Times.