PitMad on Twitter
So have you ever seen the #PitMad hashtag on Twitter? Also, why should you care about PitMad?
So, let’s take a look at what PitMad is.
What is #PitMad?
PitMad is a quarterly pitch session on Twitter. So essentially what you are doing is tweeting about your work, but it is only on specific dates, and agents and publishers are watching.
In addition, it happens in March, June, September, and December.
So do yourself a favor, and create your tweets now. As in, today. You want to know what to tweet, and you want to be able to fit both the #PitMad hashtag into your tweet, but also the hashtag specific to your genre. So, according to Sub It Club and Brenda Drake, the hashtags are as follows:
- #AC – Action
- #AD – Adventure
- #BIZ – Bizarro Fiction
- #CON – Contemporary
- #CR – Contemporary Romance
- #E – Erotica
- #ER – Erotic Romance
- #ES – Erotica Suspense
- #F – Fantasy
- #FTA = Fairy Tale Retelling
- #GN = Graphic Novel
- #H – Horror
- #HA – Humor
- #HF – Historical Fiction
- #HR – Historical Romance
- #INSP – Inspirational
- #LF – Literary Fiction
- #M – Mystery
- #MA = Mainstream
- #Mem – Memoir
- #MR – Magical Realism
- #NF – Non-fiction
- #P – Paranormal
- #PR – Paranormal Romance
- #R – Romance
- #RS – Romantic Suspense
- #S – Suspense
- #SF – SciFi
- #SFF – Science Fiction & Fantasy
- #SH = Superhero
- #SHRT = Short Story Collection
- #SPF = Speculative Fiction
- #STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
- #T – Thriller
- #TT = Time Travel
- #UF – Urban Fantasy
- #VF = Visionary Fiction
- #W – Westerns
- #WF – Women’s Fiction
So, per the Pitmad site, you must use an age category. And here they are:
- #A – Adult
- #C – Children’s
- #CB – Chapter Book
- #MG – Middle Grade
- #NA – New Adult
- #PB – Picture Book (this is the youngest age category)
- #YA – Young Adult
- #DIS = Disability subject matter
- #IMM = Immigrant
- #IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural subject matter
- #LGBT = LGBTQIA+ subject matter
- #MH = Mental Health subject matter
- #ND = Neurodiverse subject matter
- #OWN = Own Voices
- #POC = Author is a Person of Color
- #AA – African American (might not be used anymore?)
- #CF – Christian Fiction (might not be used anymore?)
So there do not seem to be particular hashtags for Zombies or Vampires or the like, but that may change in the future.
What Are The Rules?
Per Ms. Drake and PitchWars (run by the same people), the rules are:
- You can only pitch complete, polished manuscripts. This means, no works in progress allowed!
- So, you can’t pitch anything already published, no matter how many changes have been made to it.
- Keep the feed clear, so don’t favorite or retweet your friends’ pitches. But you can always reply and just take the #PitMad hashtag out.
- Also, don’t tweet agents or publishers unless they tweet you first.
- Plus be courteous and professional, of course.
- In addition, if you can’t be there, use HootSuite or TweetDeck to schedule your pitches.
- You can only pitch three times during a dedicated #PitMad day and the tweets have to differ somehow, even if it’s just a difference of a period.
- But if you have more than one MS to pitch, you get three tweets per MS.
- Finally, if you are invited to submit a manuscript, be sure to put PitMad Request: TITLE in the subject line of your email when sending your request. Plus, of course, follow all other submission guidelines for the requestor.
What Is The Schedule?
It’s March, June, September, and December. Times are 8 AM – 8 PM, Eastern Time.
For 2020, the dates are:
- March 5
- June 4
- September 3
- December 3
Note: all of these are Thursdays.
So you’d better get crackin’!