I’ve never participated in a #pitchwar mostly because I haven’t found the right one for a writer like me. However, today, I discovered the perfect pitching event thanks to the wonderful Claribel Ortega. If you don’t know who Claribel is please go visit her here. She is a YA/MG author, and she is adorable and sweet and nice AND she pointed me to this lovely pitching event that I’m going to put my everything into.
So, Cynthia, what is #DVPIT? Let’s go through their about page and break it down quickly:
#DVPIT is a Twitter pitching event
It was “created to showcase pitches from marginalized voices that have been historically underrepresented in publishing”
What does “marginalized voices” mean?
“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 (including neurodiverse); people living with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying within LGBTQIA+; and more.”
Am I a marginalized voice?
Why is this exciting?
“The first #DVpit took place on April 19, 2016 and was a national trending hashtag. Since then, there have been over 40 authors signed by agents and 13 book deals contracted as a direct result of this event, with editors from small to mid-size to Big Five publishers requesting to receive the manuscripts at submission stage.”
I would like to stress the above point:
THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 40 SIGNED AUTHORS BY AGENTS AND 13 BOOK DEALS CONTRACTED AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THIS EVENT.
I’m so on board with this. This is exactly what I was looking for. I’ve been working on this book for some time and I feel like this is certainly the platform for me to showcase it.
So, I have a little over 30 days to:
*Get this book polished
*Get my pitch polished
*Repeat steps 1-4
Please, friends, wish me luck. I really want this. I really need this. I’ve been working so hard at this for so many years.
Now, I return to writing like a madwoman.