Last week, I entered a Twitter pitch party called, DVpit. Basically, writers pitch their novels in 140 characters and add the hashtag DVpit to their pitch, along with the genre (if you want, but it helps agents/editors find you.) This particular pitch party started on October 5th for YA and Oct 6th for adult fiction. Since my completed manuscript is a YA, I pitched on the 5th. It lasted from 8am-8pm and I had 12 pitches for every hour, haha.
During this time, I will admit that I began feeling a bit anxious and nervous. What if my pitches didn’t garner any attention? What if my pitches are buried underneath other pitches and become unseen all together? So many thoughts began circling my mind. However all thoughts vanished when I received a notification on my phone for my first like!
I felt so happy. Slowly, but surely, likes started to trickle in. I believe I had 9 likes all together, but I’m not entirely sure.
So what happens when an agent or editor likes your tweet?
When that happens, they are showing interest in your work and are requesting to see more. This doesn’t mean that you HAVE to send your material to them if you don’t want, only if you feel it would be a good match. For example, I received a like from a romance editor from a particular known publisher. Knowing my novel isn’t focused on romance, I decided not to send my material.
Fast-forwarding a bit, I didn’t send any of my queries/pages/synopsis until Oct 6th. The reason I waited was because I wanted to do a bit of research on a few agents that I was unfamiliar with.
Since Oct 6th, I have received two rejections from DVpit agents. It was a bit disheartening, but there are still many other agents that I haven’t heard from yet. I’m hoping to hear some good news, but until then I will be patient and continue working on my WIP: Atticus.
A few entries ago I mentioned Atticus and I even had a blogger friend read some of it a while ago. During that time, Atticus was a new adult contemporary, which a psychological twist. After giving it some thought over the past couple of months, I decided to change the following:
1. Make the main character younger (He was originally 24, changed his age to 17)
2. It’s no longer a contemporary. Instead it is a fantasy, but the psychological aspect remains
Not too many changes, but those are the major ones. Currently, I’m fleshing out the ideas by starting with the characters and onward. I’ll be doing this while waiting on responses from various agents.
Did anyone else reading this join DVpit? If so, receive any news from any agents/editors? If you didn’t join, what projects are you currently working on?