Surprise! We’re throwing a new and exciting Twitter contest as a Valentine gift to you.

PitMatch

Oh, Internet. Have we got something for you.

The amazing and extremely kind literary agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, and creator of #MSWL and Manuscript Wish List® is teaming up with me this Valentine’s Day (actually February 11, 1-4 EST) to bring you…#PitMatch!

You know how both #MSWL and #PitMad move so quickly, it’s hard to see all of the tweets? Don’t you wish you could be everywhere at once–and/or that you could have some help?

Now you can!

Get your Twitter Pitches ready and post them between 1PM and 4PM EST on February 11th to #PitMatch. Only post once per manuscript. All categories and genres are welcome!

Three teams of literary cupids–an author team, an agent team, and an editor team–will be working to find the connections between authors, agents, and editors who accept direct submissions. Who’s the best at literary matchmaking? WE SHALL SEE!

Each match–request–they create will be worth one point–and posted on the @PitMatch scoreboard. Follow along on #PitMatch, #PitMatchArrow, and #PitMatchPoint for success stories.

Whichever team has the most requests gets prizes and bragging rights!

Team members will be announced between now and the event, February 11, 2016. In the meantime, follow @PitMatch for updates! 

Here’s an image Jessica created to help explain how the event is going down …

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Author: Brenda Drake

Author of TOUCHING FATE (Entangled Teen Crave, October 13, 2015) and THIEF OF LIES: a Library Jumpers novel (Entangled Teen, January 5, 2016), host of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group.

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  1. Best Valentines day present ever! Thanks so much Brenda and Jessica Sinsheimer <3

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  2. Wow, this sounds like so much fun! Thanks for all of these awesome events!

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  3. What a fantastic concept! Best wishes to the Dynamic Duo, Cupid teams and love-struck authors. : )

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  4. Thank you, Brenda and Jessica, for hosting this event on my birthday! 😀 I’m excited to follow the action-packed posting and matching on the 11th.

    I’m pretty sure I ask this question before every #pitch promo (and still can’t remember the answer): before submitting a pitch, should my novel be 100% complete?

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  5. Pretty amazing! Thank you ladies for yet another fantastic opportunity for writers to find an agent!!

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  6. Just to clarify we’re not PitMatching pitches – exactly, more like a 1 hit post of “what is my book’s style/genre/style/type?

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    • I’d like to know this as well – the example sounds like it’s more what the “basic story” is about, instead of an actual pitch, so just wondering if that’s the case?

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      • This is my first twitter pitch contest. What is a PitMad – style tweet? “I have a story about airplanes” versus “In SO AND SO, the airplane…”?

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    Better than candy, flowers, or jewelry. A genius idea! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  8. This is so awesome! Thanks so much, Brenda and Jessica! Do we specify category and genre in our 140 characters?

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  9. Is it a single story pitch? Or can we pitch a young adult and an adult? Single pitch per author? So exciting!!

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  10. This is great! I’m going to share with my followers.

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  11. I cannot wait to read all of the success stories in a few months! 🙂

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  12. What a sweet deal! I’m on a diet but that kind of dessert is WRITE up my alley.

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  13. Quick question — can someone still participate if he/she is agented but looking for an editor? Or is this a question for my agent?

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    • Amy, your agent should find an editor for you, so you would need to talk to him/her about this.

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  14. I am looking forward to it! Thanks for this early Valentine’s Day treat! Best wishes to the authors and teams!

    One question: Should we include categories and genres too, ie #PB #LGBT ?

    Thanks again!

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  15. I’m more confused after reading the comments, so forgive me if I’m creating a broken record, but we are submitting an actual pitch, right? Like log-line type pitch? A “When magic vanishes, Analisa must discover why and bring it back, or the planet’s moon will crash into it and destroy it” kind of thing? But with genre tags?

    It’s not just a simple thing like the above example, right?

    Again, sorry if I’m creating the broken record scenario. Just trying to comprehend.

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    • It’s a Twitter pitch like we do for #PitMad. Like this…

      Yanked into a book linking the world’s libraries, Gia discovers she’s a long lost knight and must stop an apocalypse. #PitMatch #YA

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      • Thanks for putting this on, Brenda. You’re awesome!

        A question… After we post our Twitter pitch, are we then supposed to reply to the different #MSWL tweets, saying something like, “I have a book about robotic puppies taking over the moon!” 🙂 That kind of thing? Or is it the matchmakers who do that?

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      • I’ve never participated in #pitmad, so just want to make sure I completely understand. The menu tab for #pitmad indicates to tweet a 140 character pitch. The menu tab for Pitch Madness shows Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day.

        We’re to do the 140 character pitch, correct?

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        • I agreed. For those of us new to this, it is confusing.

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  16. Hi Brenda!

    Are writers allowed only one pitch post in total for the submission window or one post per hour, like on other contests?

    Thanks!
    Ali

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    • Yes, only one pitch per completed manuscript for the event time of 1-4PM EST.

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  17. This is exciting and Awesome! Thanks so much for putting this together. I do have a question: Are we to enter one post only? I read the above guidelines but wasn’t completely sure. Thanks!

    And thanks again for this wonderful gift!

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  18. Hello, Brenda,
    Regarding unpublished works vs published, are self-published works with only several hundred copies in circulation (some sales; mostly donations made to organizations) considered unpublished for the Pitch Match?
    Thank you for what you do!

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  19. What do we do if/when the agent likes our pitch? Do we go to their website and follow their submission process, tagging #pitmatch in our subject line?

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    • Yes, you go to their website and follow their instructions. Make sure to put PitMatch Request in the subject line.

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  20. This looks like a good idea. I have 2 books of a 5 book series already Indie published and not doing well at all. Could I enter these? I am p[reparing to publish the third book and am working slowly on salvaging what I had for the 4th book
    I also see that this started in February this year, so I am assuming I will have to wait until next year in 2017
    The person who sent me this just sent it today July 14, 2016
    Last question: Are these books YA mostly? Mine are not YA, but historical-visionary-fantasy

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