During this last #PitMad event, over 100 thousand tweets flooded Twitter with pitches, discussions, and vows to help out new and experienced writers find their perfect pitch and get noticed by agents.
There were successes and failures and whether you got noticed or not, one thing is for certain, you left with a better understanding of PitMad than you did coming in. I want to say that it’s completely okay to feel disheartened by any lack of success. PitMad is a mixture of timing, retweets, and luck that the right agent sees your pitch.
While there have been great pitches this time, I couldn’t help but notice that the overwhelming likes in the most popular tweets came from not agents or editors but from people who, as far as I could tell, didn’t have a stake in writing or had a firm grasp on what PitMad was. For a new writer, it can be crushing to see the likes of a tweet soar in the five hundred range while they get a few from less than reputable publishing houses or none at all!
Any writer who Googles PitMad can find the rules and that’s to say nothing of the dozens of writers on twitter who repeated them en masse, there is a rampant disregard for the process of PitMad and what it is meant to accomplish. As PitMad comes around, it will be trending and this will lead to people, either curious or wanting to participate, who will like or heart tweets that they find interesting and give false hope to writers who are working hard to get their work out there.
For example, one of the most popular tweets that came out this round was by @AuthorKAnthony who pitched, “After a serial killer rescues a small child who’s been lost in the woods for days, he marries her mother and puts his murderous ways on hold to raise a family. The only problem is the little girl saw the bones of his victims out there, and she’s growing up. #PitMad #A #LF“. His tweet gained 429 retweets and 221 likes. Only 4 of those likes came from an agent or a publishing house. The rest, as I could find, were either other writers or accounts that had nothing to do with writing.
Writer @ajvanbelle, pitched, “#PitMad #A #SF 150 yrs from now, a little girl notices a boy living on the streets. She feeds him, teaches him, and eventually loves him. 35 yrs later, the girl is a criminal wanted by the interstellar military, and the boy is the veteran soldier sent to terminate her.” She was able to get a solid 229 retweets and 100 likes. Again, only 2 likes came from a publishing house or editor.
Fellow PitMad participant , @Ctanz731, was on fire with her pitch of, “It’s been 11 years since their last kiss. His wheelchair—new. His smirk—the same. Her heart—still melts for those kind eyes. As they uncover the truth about the night he was paralyzed by his father’s hands, a dark secret threatens to douse their rekindled flame. #PitMad #CR #A” but astoundingly out of the 552 retweets and 209 likes, only 1 like came from an agent.
With the lack of genuine responses from agents and an influx of likes from non-agents, it might feel like #PitMad is maybe #DeadInTheWater. But I don’t think that this is the case. Where there are failures to abide by the rules, as usual there are those proud few who can say with their heads held high, “I GOT AN AGENT!”
In the cut throat world of publishing, agents have to be selective of what projects take on. This means rejection for many of us until we, with the right query and timing, find the agent that is meant for us. I do contend that there has to be a better, more efficient, way to see the actual results of PitMad without crawling through the likes of non-agents.