Friday, January 27, 2023

Query Friday: Pitch Contests- Are they worth it?

 Happy Friday!

It has been a crazy week and some of us are just coming off of the zaniness of two pitch contests back to back   #ISWGPit and #KidLitPit.



Not me, I don't have that kind of stamina, and ISWGPit kind of snuck up on me, but I did participate in #KidLitPit.

So are pitch contest worth it? 

Well... that depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

I think both of these pitch rally force you to refine you pitch into something short and saleable. Never a bad skill to have. #KidLitPit also allowed images so if you want to distract yourself for hours creating the perfect one.. this is a great excuse. These pitches are also a great way to connect with the writing community in general, always a 

And of course there are the likes from agents and editors, that have our mind not believing what our eyes are seeing

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That is the dream. And when you get them, it is awesome, you've got some attention and may a nice wave to the agent in the query. But... you still have to

And if you don't get a like from an agent, you can still query. Regardless of pitch events the agent still needs to love your book.

So are they worth it? Yes! As long as you know that this is a piece of the puzzle and not an instant solution. Don't place your value or that of your story into on twitter. 

If you want to check out my pitches, I have one as my pinned tweet on twitter @midlifecreative.

Happy Writing!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We had so many pitches during #IWSGPit on Wednesday! It is a good exercise and we've heard of many success stories. My publisher has signed four or five authors from #IWSGPit.

Brandy said...

That's awesome!