I'll be your first follower, Rose! I'm on Twitter a bit, though only 130 followers 😂
I've heard of #pitmad - it's possibly the biggest pitching event on Twitter. A lot of agents take part. Never taken part, though. I thought it was mainly American agents and I've aimed at Brit ones so far.
Be interested to see what others say, of it's worth s go
I'm on a Discord group where they're mad for it. A coupe of them have even had some success so there must be something in it. An idea is to connect with other pitchers and retweet each other's pitches to reach a wider audience.
Hi Rose, following you now (I'm @alexmoney10). Haven't done #pitmad for the same reasons the others have mentioned, but I've tried some of the UK versions aimed at children's books. To be honest, they're a bit of a lottery - so many people are tweeting at the same time, it's easy for your own tweet to be lost in a sea of them and for you to get dispirited when you don't get any likes from agents. Or worse still, getting a like and then realising it's from one of your friends trying to help who doesn't know the rules! But I do hear of people who find agents through them, so there's always the temptation to try again.
Funnily enough, I've done a tweet pitch today as part of something called #LoveMyWIP that's been running throughout Feb. I think it's mainly - but not exclusively - for children's book writers, but it's been really useful to me and a great example of how supportive and encouraging twitter's #writingcommunity can be!
PS: I use Twitter a lot (@MoscowVicky). But at some point I almost dropped it, because of the noise and endless retweets of political news. Made me anxious really. I got back to the platform and just unfollowed everyone who was obsessed with political news. Then I blacklisted words and names to clean up my feed. Now it's a great source for writing advice and connecting with writers / editors.
PS: now Instagram is a different story. They killed the platform with all those crazy algorithms. But even before that their obsession with influencers and their fake lifestyles annoyed lots of loyal users (those of us who remember that Instagram started as a photo sharing cozy space).
Thank you - I'll find you on Twitter. I recognise a lot of what you have said, it's why I left after a week or so. I just couldn't cope with it. I am finding the same thing with Facebook, too. However I've started muting/snoozing people now. Or unfriending them if they are too much.
Twitter does seem like a great place to connect with writers/editors and other like minded people, hopefully it will be useful!
I've joined in by following you all through finding Rachel. I'm the imaginatively named @paulrand12. Joined Twitter around this time last year so I could give pitmad a go having seen something about it on Facebook. Not really into Twitter so haven't tried to gather followers and rarely look at it. It would be good to give pitmad a go again though and this time with friends. Also like the idea of trying out pitches on each other here first. Have I used my 280 characters yet? 😂 Actually, when I did it before, I spent ages trying to get my pitch down to 140 and then realised it was up to 280.