Tag Archives: Pitching

Manuscript Academy: 10 Minutes with an Agent


If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with an agent or editor? Well now you can! Manuscript Academy has put together a day for authors to chat with the professional’s of the publishing world called 10 Minutes with an Expert. The time can be used to:

  • Pitch your project
  • Get instant feedback on your query or first page
  • Ask about your unique publishing situation
  • Ask any publishing question!

You can book:

  • A ten-minute meeting, with one page (your query or first page) read during the meeting, $49
  • A fifteen-minute meeting, with ten pages and your query read ahead of time, $99
  • An in-depth written critique (line and overall notes), query, synopsis, proposal, first 10-100 pages, $69+

To make the most of your time, have your questions ready. For this months available agents and editors, go here. And have fun learning!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.


Chicago Writing Workshop 2018

Chicago Writing Workshop

Per the Chicago Writing Workshop website, this writing event (June 23, 2018) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.

Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

#FaithPitch Twitter Event For Faith-Based Fiction

A Twitter pitch event exclusively for faith-based fiction is being hosted by Little Lamb Books on February 28, 2018 between 8am –  8pm CST. This is for board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction that fall under the categories of inspirational, faith-based, biblical worldview, or Christian. Different denominations, ethnicities, a POV in this niche are encouraged. Be sure to use the hashtag #FaithPitch and only pitch 4 times per manuscript during the pitch window. (Maximum of 4 manuscripts are permitted.)

As with all pitch events, any agent or editor can troll the feed. Be sure to do you research before sending off your book baby to them! For complete guidelines, go here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

New: Twitter Romance Pitch Contest #KissPitch hosted by Tricia Lynne

All The Kissing

Pay attention romance writers! There will be a new twitter pitch contest just for you! This means agents and editors looking strictly for this genre will no longer have to peruse through various genres to find the perfect romance hook they’ve been craving. This Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018, marks the very first #KissPitch twitter event hosted by Tricia Lynne. The event will run between 9am – 9pm EST.

As with all twitter contests, anyone can troll the feed. So, If you get a favorite, be sure to research before submitting your book baby! For heat level hashtags to use and complete rules, go here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.



SavvyAuthors is sponsoring Sweetheart Pitchfest from 9am February 14, 2018 through 11:59pm February 16, 2018. (My apologies, but the site doesn’t specify the time zone.) Their are confirmed agents and editors participating, but others could stop by the blog. Be sure and do research before submitting your book babies to requesting agents/editors!



For complete rules on pitching during this event, go here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

@WriteOnCon #Writing #Conference IS Coming!


WriteOnCon is “A writing conference you don’t even have to wear pants to. (Please wear pants, though.)” Yep, I love that line! And I’m stoked that it’s almost time! This isn’t just an opportunity to attend a writing workshop, it’s most likely the cheapest and closest conference you’ve ever attend (aside of being free, of course). Seriously, you can participate from your home! And while you might have missed the raffles and perks to buy, there is still time to sign up to join. Admission is either $5 (General Admission), $10 (General + Live Events), or $15 (General + Live Events + Extended Access). You can’t go wrong with any choice!

WriteOnCon is an online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators. Connect with writers, authors, and agents in this event. There will even be ninja agents and editors and live pitch sessions (check the schedule for all 3 days)! But hurry to get registered because it’ll take place February 9th – 11th, 2018.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Pitching Contest on Twitter

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is hosting a twitter pitching contest on January 18, 2018 from 8am-8pm EST. This is for completed and polished manuscripts only! Be sure to pitch only once per hour and include the hashtag #IWSGPit. (As with all pitching events, do NOT fave a pitch unless you are a literary agent or publishing editor.)

There has been some chatter about this being a newer pitching event and caution due to no participating agents listed. However, I can assure you that legitimate agents and editors participated in their previous pitch event. Some of them were:

  • Samantha Wekstein, agent assistant from Writers House
  • Jessie Devine, literary agent from D4EO
  • Erica Bauman, literary agent from Aevitas Creative
  • Jennifer Wills, literary agent from The Seymour Agency
  • Sharon Pelletier, literary agent form Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
  • Mary Cain, associate editor from City Owl Press
  • Mark Gottlieb, Literary agent from Trident Media
  • Meg LaTorre & Justin Wells, literary agents from Corvisiero Agency
  • And several more!

Like all pitch events, be sure to research the agents or editors that favorite your pitch before submitting your materials. For complete details, go here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

2018 San Francisco Writers Conference

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The 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held on February 15-18 at the historical Mark Hopkins Hotel. Meet keynoters:  

  • Robert Dugoni – New York Times, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author.
  • Dana Gioia – California Poet Laureate. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Shanthi Sekaran – Author of the critically acclaimed novels,
    Luck Boy and The Prayer Room.
  • Mitali Perkins – Author of ten novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl 

But the SFWC presenters list also includes many more bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses.  There are experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites.

Nina Amir, author and writing coach
Marilyn R. Atlas, film producer/personal manager
Jim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords
Angela Bole, CEO of IBPA
Andrew Burleson, BetaBooks
Frances Caballo, SFWC Social Media Director, author, social media strategist for writers
Stephanie Chandler, is an author and CEO of the NonfictionAuthors Association
Melissa Cistaro
, author, bookseller and event coordinator at Book Passage
Mark Coker, author and founder of major eBook publisher Smashwords
Martha Conway
, author of The Underground River and Sugarland
Robin Cutler, director of IngramSpark
Jared Drake, film director and co-founder of Wildbound PR
Julia Drake, co-founder of Wildbound PR
Aya de Leon, novelist, poet and theater artist.
Eric Elfman, author and writing coach
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, author, coach and speaker
Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month
Diane Frank, author and poet
Joel Friedlander, is an award-winning book designer, blogger, and author
Constance Hale, journalist and author
Tanya Hall, CEO Greenleaf Books
Andy Jones, author, poet, professor at UC Davis; “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour”
Mike Jung, author of Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities
Carla King, author and self publishing expert, founder of Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Bharti Kirchner, the prolific author of 11 books. her latest novel is Season of Sacrifice: A Maya Mallick Mystery is out in hardcover and as a Kindle edition.
Brenda Knight, author and marketing expert
Mary E. Knipple, writing mentor and speaker
Adair Lara, author, teacher and writing coach
Michael Larsen, author, co-founder/co-director of the SFWC
Linda Lee, web site designer and WordPress expert
Donna Levin, author
Mary Mackey, author
Tim McCanna, children’s picture book author and Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI
Isabella Michon, president/founder of ImMedia, a publicity company
Tyler Moss, managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine
Anne Perry, international bestselling historical novelist
Lissa Provost, poet and author
David Rasch, lecturer with Stanford University’s Continuing Education program
Olivia Rivers, award-winning YA novelist of Tone Deaf & movie-optioned In The Hope of Memories
Barbara Santos, author of Practice Aloha and Marketing Director for SFWC
Penny Sansevieri, founder of Author Marketing Experts
Helen Sedwick, lawyer and author of Self-Publishers Legal Handbook
Naheed Senzai, author
Rusty Shelton,  founder and CEO of Zilker Media
Evelyn Skye, bestselling YA author of The Crown’s Game series
Ransom Stephens, physicist, author, award winning technologist, speaker
Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author and manuscript consultant
Cathy Turney, author of Get 10,000 Twitter Followers Easily, Quickly, Ethically
Lyzette Wanzer, San Francisco writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor.
Penny Warner, award winning author
Alex White, author of The Salvagers series (Orbit, 2018)
Victoria Zackheim, author, editor and screenwriter

The lists for attending agents and editors looks topnotch! Some of the agents will even be accepting pitches during the Speed Dating For Agents. You can see a list of those participating here. But for an idea of the many agents and editors that will be in attendance, here is a list:

Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency
Amy Cloughley, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Laurie Fox, Linda Chester Literary Agency
Dawn Frederick, Red Sofa Literary
Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary
Mary C. Moore, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom, Liza Dawson Associates
Jody Rein, Jody Rein Books
Nicki Richesin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency
Ken Sherman, Ken Sherman & Associates
Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary
Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary

Mary E. Knippel, Independent editor, writing mentor and author
Tory Hartmann, Sand Hill Review Press
Georgia Hughes, Editorial Director at New World Library
Brenda Knight, Author, President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter
Hilary Lawson, HarperCollins
Karla Olson, Editorial Director at Patagonia Books
Daniela Rapp, St. Martins Press
Meghan Stevenson, Independent Editor
Weslie Turner, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint at Scholastic
Jennifer Ung, Simon Pulse, an imprint at Simon and Schuster
Brooke Warner, Publisher at She Writes Press
Hannah Wood, Independent Editor

For those attending, this sounds like a great four days of learning and marketing yourself!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

#SFFpit is Tomorrow!


Hello my lovelies! Tomorrow (December 14, 2017) on twitter is #SFFpit hosted by Dan Koboldt. This is for Sci-Fi and Fantasy manuscripts only! Please do not pitch if your manuscript is not finished, polished, and unpublished.

Now that twitter has expanded most tweets to longer characters, the limit of 140 is no longer necessary. Tweet the full 280 if you have the ability! Just make sure that your pitch includes the hashtag #SFFpit. Additional hashtags that can be used are:

#PB – Picture book
#MG – Middle grade
#YA – Young adult
#NA – New adult
#A – Adult

#FA – fantasy
#CF – contemporary fantasy
#DF – dark fantasy
#EF – epic or high fantasy
#FR – fantasy romance
#HF – historical fantasy
#LF – literary fantasy
#AH – alternate history
#MYF – mythic fantasy
#PN – paranormal
#UF – urban fantasy
#MR – magical realism
#SF – science fiction
#AF – apocalypse fiction
#ML – military science fiction
#PA – post-apocalyptic SF
#SFR – sci-fi romance
#SFT – sci-fi thriller
#SH – superhero / superhuman
#SO – space opera
#DS – dystopian
#SP – steampunk
#TT – time travel
#WW – weird west

The contest will run through 8am to 6pm EST. Also note the change of allowed pitches! Writers will only get 10 pitches (that’s one per hour). For more information check out the #SFFpit webpage. To show Dan Koboldt your appreciation for throwing together this awesome contest, be sure to follow his blog, twitter page, or buy his books.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Brenda Drake’s #Pitmad Is Almost Here!

Nothing soothes the writerly soul than a good twitter pitch party! Thursday, December 7, 2017 is Brenda Drake’s infamous #PitMad between the hours of 8am-8pm (EDT). Common age category and genre hashtags are below.

Age Categories:

#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children’s
#CB = Chapter Book
#CL = Children’s Lit
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult


#AA = African American
#AD = Adventure
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#DIS = Disabilities
#DV = Diversity
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#INSP = Inspirational
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#S = Suspense
#SF = SciFi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

The rules clearly state to only pitch THREE times per manuscript during the contest. Don’t break the rules and clog the feed! Also, please remember anyone can stalk the feed. So, do your research before submitting your manuscript!

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA Fiction.