• A.J. Super

#PracPit Rules of Engagement

Updated: Aug 29, 2019


So you're going to do a pitch party soon. Probably in a couple days. And you need a little practice and help with your pitches. #PracPit is the perfect place to refine those rough edges with the help of your fellow writers. So jump on in and help your fellow writers out, and get some advice yourself.

If you're really unsure, check out my mini-workshop on how to write a pitch: What's Up Pitches? A Pitch Workshop.

WHEN

#PracPit will be held from 9am-5pm Eastern two days before an upcoming Twitter pitching event.

The next upcoming #PracPit: September 3rd (#PitMad Sept. 5th)

THE RULES

1) Only 3 pitches per person.

This is so everyone gets a fair shake at being seen and helped. I'm also a firm believer that once you get the hang of pitching those babies start coming fast and hard and you can't stop coming up with great pitch ideas.

2) For every pitch you post for critique you must critique at least 3 pitches.

In order to make sure everyone gets critiqued, you must put yourself out there. If you have nothing more than "Wow! This is awesome!" to say, make sure you say WHY you like it so that the author can continue using best practices in their next pitches. Make sure your critiques are CONSTRUCTIVE.

3) 3 revisions per pitch.

Get a healthy amount of feedback and do MAJOR revisions all at once. Then come back with a whole new take on your pitch if you have to. This way you are incorporating multiple viewpoints and not just doing minor line edits here and there. If all you have are minor line edits, hold those until you get a good amount of feedback to make sure you craft the best pitch you can.

4) Thread your revisions.

Don't tweet again or it will count towards your 3. Also it will keep you a little more organized

5) Don't forget your hashtags.

Your genre, audience, and special identifier hashtags are all part of your pitch. Also, there will be some fellow authors who would prefer to critique only #SF or #R or #YA some other specific genre or audience, or they would like to give certain special identifiers such as #own, #div, or #lgbt special guidance. And don't forget the #PracPit tag either!

5) BE NICE!

If you don't want to be spoken to in a certain way, don't do it to others. Basic Golden Rule applies!

HASHTAGS

Courtesy of #PitMad and the #PitchWars committee.

CATEGORIES

#PB = Picture Book #C = Children’s #CB = Chapter Book #MG = Middle Grade #YA = Young Adult #NA = New Adult #A = Adult

GENRE

#AC = Action #AD = Adventure #BIZ = Bizarro Fiction #CF = Christian 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 #MR = Magical Realism #M = Mystery #Mem = Memoir #MA = Mainstream #LF = Literary Fiction #NF = Non-fiction #P = Paranormal #PR = Paranormal Romance #R = Romance #RS = Romantic Suspense #STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics #SF = SciFi #SPF = Speculative Fiction #SH = Superhero #S = Suspense #T = Thriller #TT = Time Travel #UF = Urban Fantasy #VF = Visionary Fiction #W = Westerns #WF = Woman’s Fiction

ADDITIONAL IDENTIFIERS

#POC = Author is a Person of Color #OWN = Own Voices #IMM = Immigrant #LGBT = LGBTQIA+ subject matter #IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural subject matter #MH = Mental Health subject matter #DIS = Disability subject matter #ND = Neurodiverse subject matter

Courtesy of Michael Mammay, Dan Kobolt, & #SFFPit.

SCI-FI & FANTASY SPECIFIC

#FA – fantasy

#CF – contemporary fantasy

#DF – dark fantasy

#EF – epic or high fantasy

#FR – fantasy romance

#HF – historical fantasy

#LF – literary fantasy

#AH – alternate history

#MYF – mythic fantasy

#SNS – sword & sorcery

#PN – paranormal

#UF – urban fantasy

#MR – magical realism

#SFY – science fantasy

#SF – science fiction

#AF – apocalypse fiction

#LSF – literary science fiction

#ML – military science fiction

#PA – post-apocalyptic SF

#SFR – sci-fi romance

#SFT – sci-fi thriller

#SH – superhero / superhuman

#SO – space opera

#DS – dystopian

#SP – steampunk

#TT – time travel

#WW – weird west

WHO

Your host is none other than me, Angela Super.

You can find me in the Twitter-verse as @AllBrevityWit.

#Community #WritingTools #Pitching

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