#DVpit


A Twitter Pitching Event
Hosted + Moderated by Beth Phelan

April 19, 2016
8:00AM EST – 8:00PM EST


What is #DVpit?


#DVpit is a Twitter event created to showcase pitches about and especially by marginalized voices. This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.



What kind of work can you submit?


The participating agents and editors are looking for a variety of work, including all categories of fiction for adults, teens, and children, as well as nonfiction—as long as they qualify per the paragraph above.

Please only pitch your completed, unpublished manuscripts.


How do you submit?


Your pitch must fit the 140-character max, and must also include the hashtag #DVpit.

Please try to include category and/or genre hashtags in your pitch.

We will trust that your pitch is for a diverse book, but if you want a quick way to make the diversity in your work more apparent in your short pitch (and you can fit a few more characters), I also encourage you to include an abbreviation as an easier way to get that information across. Examples: OWN (to suggest #ownvoices), POC, LGBT, DIS (disability), IMM (immigration), etc.

These codes are up to you—I’m in no place to judge or police how, or even if, you box your experience. If you’ve already perfected your pitch and/or simply don’t see the value in including these codes, please remember they are optional. You will *not* be at a disadvantage if you don’t include them! If you do want to add, please make the abbreviation as clear and straightforward as possible for our agents/editors.

Please pitch no more than once per hour, per manuscript. You may use the same pitch, or shake things up by using different pitches for the same project. You may pitch more than one project at a time, as long as they are completed and unpublished.

Please do not tweet the agents/editors directly!

The event will run from 8:00AM EST until 8:00PM EST, so please only tweet your pitches during that block of time.


What happens next?


Agents/editors will your pitch if they’d like to see material from you, so please don’t other authors’ pitches. Please also do not retweet. To show support, you can always reply with compliments.

Each agent/editor will have their own preferences for receiving submissions, so if you get a from someone, please refer to their Twitter feed to see what they ask for, and how you can contact them.

All of these agents/editors are invested in finding more marginalized voices, so if you're comfortable with it (and ONLY if you are comfortable with it), I encourage you to self-identify in your query, or just simply let us know that the story and/or character(s) reflect your own experience (or even in your pitch if you have the space and the inclination).

If you see that multiple agents/editors from the same group have ed your pitch, please contact them directly for their policy, or reach out to me and I will be happy to find out for you.

Keep in mind that many agents/editors will get sidetracked with their usual work or unexpected crises and may have to revisit the feed after the event is over. So don’t be surprised if you receive s after the period closes!


Who is participating?


See below for a list of just some of the participating agents and editors. More have heard about the event since the initial announcement, and I've updated this list [Feb 22] to include them. This is a public event, so more are likely to join in on the day! Please be sure to research any agent or publisher that s your pitch. There is no obligation to submit your work to anyone you don’t want to.

Agents:




Editors:





*This person will visit the feed after the event has closed due to travel


Resources


Want help with your pitch?

A few (amazing) people have offered help with pitches for the marginalized writers participating in #DVpit.


An * indicates that this person is closing to pitch help at end of day, April 15, 2016. Two ** means they are already closed.

* Kayla Whaley (@PunkinOnWheels), client of mine, brilliant essayist, and @DisabilityInLit editor, can be reached at kayla.m.whaley [at] gmail [dot] com for pitch help. If you are as grateful for her help with this as I am, and looking for a way to support her, consider buying her a coffee!

Disabled authors writing YA/MG featuring a disabled MC can also reach out to Marieke Nijkamp (@mariekeyn) for pitch help! Message her through her website and while you’re there, just saying, you should totally check out THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, her outstanding debut published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 5, 2016. To sweeten the deal even more, literary agent Caitie Flum (@caitief) of Liza Dawson Associates is adding a bonus incentive here: she’ll critique the first 40 queries by writers whose pitches come through Marieke!

* You can also reach out to the incredible Natasha Razi (who ALSO happens to be the winner of my Diverse Voices query contest, mind you) for pitch help at @swingingstorm. Marginalized authors who reach out on Twitter will receive her email address via DM.

** Nita Tyndall (@NitaTyndall) is a @TheGayYA moderator, @DiverseBooks Social Media Coordinator, and repped by one of the wonderful agents participating in this event—Emily Keyes. LGBTQIA+ writers can contact Nita for pitch help through her website and express gratitude by buying her a coffee!

* You can also get help from freelance editor and author coach Julie Sadler (@julie_francess), who has graciously offered free pitch and/or query help to participating disabled writers of YA, NA, fantasy, romance, and memoir. She’s also offering first-come-first-serve editing to any participating disabled writers who want a final polish on their manuscript ahead of #DVpit, for barter/pay-what-you-can. Contact her at sadler.julie [at] gmail [dot] com!

Participating writers, especially those writing gay male protagonists, can seek expert pitch and/or query help from Mark O’Brien (@mobrienbooks). Mark is a YA contemporary writer represented by the Bent Agency’s own Heather Flaherty, and he is also an editorial intern with Entangled Publishing. Worth noting that Mark is a #pitmad and Pitch Wars veteran, so he knows his stuff! Writers can contact him directly at markobrienbooks [at] gmail [dot] com.

* Finally, please take Kristen Ciccarelli (@twocentsparrow) up on her offer to critique pitches and queries! Kristen is also represented by Heather Flaherty at the Bent Agency, and she specializes in YA (all genres) and women’s fiction. Fun facts: she was mentored by YA author Franny Billingsley and was Renee Ahdieh and Traci Chee’s mentee during this past fall’s Pitch Wars. You can contact Kristen through her website and you should bookmark this author anyway… She is one to watch!

These are great opportunities from people with invaluable experience! Take advantage of them! (But say thank you however you can.)


For more help with your pitch and etiquette questions, here are some links to read while you wait for #DVpit!

Look here for a post by the Bent Agency’s own Victoria Lowes (@torilowes) that includes some really great tips.

And another writers’ guide by agent participant Carly Watters (@carlywatters) of P.S. Literary can be found here with some illuminating examples.

Sadly, an account of why you should always research and NOT be afraid to decline sending material to anyone you’re uncomfortable sending to can be found here.

Now you must need a pick-me-up, right? Click here to find success stories through Brenda Drake’s incredible #pitmad.


UPDATE! [March 17, 2016]


We’ve gotten a ton of support for #DVpit from many sources, and as a result I’m so thrilled to announce a new feature of this event.

During most other Twitter events, fellow participants have retweeted pitches that they wanted to boost. I love this idea; but I’d like to reserve that role in #DVpit for EDITORS. Now, there are already some amazing editors participating that are able to request and consider material from un-agented authors (see above list). But there are editors out there who want to participate in #DVpit somehow that are unable to request or consider material from un-agented authors. So, I’ve invited some of those editors to RETWEET pitches that really resonate with them in order to signal-boost the projects to the participating agents on the feed.

To be clear: A means request. A retweet means support.

To be even more clear: Please do not confuse a retweet for a request. The editors that will be retweeting are not requesting your material. Requesting is for the agents/editors on the list above. So, please please please do NOT send your material to the editors that retweet your pitches. These editors don’t normally participate in these events because of their company rules, and I don't want participating authors to disregard those rules and put them in an awkward position of having to respond to direct pitches or unsolicited materials. Only send your materials to the agents/editors that request specifically by ing!

This should be a fun, exciting thing for everyone involved! An extra boost from an editor is awesome, and I hope everyone can be respectful.


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