Resources

For more help with your pitch and etiquette questions, here are some links to read while you wait for #DVpit!

Kayla Whaley (@PunkinOnWheels) put together this very handy guide after helping with the first #DVpit.

And another writers’ guide by agent participant Carly Watters (@carlywatters) of P.S. Literary can be found here with some illuminating examples.

Sadly, an account of why you should always research and NOT be afraid to decline sending material to anyone you’re uncomfortable sending to can be found here.

Here is a terrific video from Claribel Ortega that offers some tips for pitching at a Twitter event like #DVpit!

Please don't forget to like this video and subscribe to Claribel's channel–she's consistently posting helpful tips for writers.

Here's another terrific video with Twitter pitch advice, this time from Kat Cho. Make sure you like and SUBSCRIBE for more informative writing/publishing videos.

Here are links to the invaluable posts from our past blog hops:

A thorough beginner’s guide to Twitter pitching, Jalissa Corrie blesses us with her #DVpit Game Plan: Organization is Key.

After pitching comes pages! Eric Smith from P.S. Literary writes about how Your First Chapter Is A Promise To Your Reader: Great Opening Pages In Diverse YA, on Dahlia Adler’s blog, The Daily Dahlia.

Three editors (Patrice Caldwell from Disney-Hyperion, Kait Feldmann from Scholastic, Stephanie Stein from Harper Children’s/HarperTeen) and two agents (Jim McCarthy from Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret, and Saba Sulaiman from Talcott Notch) break down everything you need to know about world-building in a three-part discussion at patricecaldwell.com. Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Next up is advice for shaping your stories using time as an anchor: The Passage of Time in Your Novel, by Pete Knapp, literary agent at Park Literary. Hosted by Writer’s Block Party.

Also on Writer’s Block Party is an interview with #DVpit creator Beth Phelan. She talks with her clients (and Writer’s Block Party contributors) Kat Cho and Mara Fitzgerald.

A fantastic roundtable all about VOICE (Part 1, Part 2): hosted by Disney-Hyperion editor Patrice Caldwell on Pub(lishing) Crawl. Featuring Jennifer Azantian of Azantian Literary, Tiffany Liao of Henry Holt/Macmillan Children’s, & Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services.

A great piece all about scene-building from agent Kari Sutherland, hosted on Writers Digest.

An inspiring post from #DVpit alum Aminah Mae Safi, also on Writers Digest, about writing character-driven fiction and the Misbehavior of Fictional Children.

PITCH CRITIQUES

We understand that condensing a manuscript to 280 characters is difficult, and we want to help your pitch stand out in the feed. We’re happy to offer free options for getting help with your pitches ahead of the April 2018 event.



[Until April 20] Mark O'Brien (@mobrienbooks) is a contemporary YA writer represented by Heather Flaherty at the Bent Agency, a three-time publishing intern, and a freelance editor. He will critique pitches for YA and MG fiction, any genre. He can be reached at markobrienbooks[@]gmail[.]com

[March 15 - April 24] Ryan La Sala (@Ryality) found his agent Veronica Park during a 2017 #DVpit event while pitching his queer YA fantasy about dreams, drag, and reality-defying magic. He also made a ton of friends and contacts, and would love to help emerging writers do the same through kickass pitches. He writes YA & NA Fantasy, always with queer rep, along with the occasional Sailor Moon fanfic. Ryan would like to offer himself as a resource to everyone, but specifically writers working with queer characters/themes. Fantasy is his favorite, but not requisite. Please send via email: two sample pitches, a list of questions/concerns, and the first five pages of your manuscript. Reachable at: ryan.lasala[@]gmail[.]com, subject line: #DVPit Crit for {{YOUR NAME}}

For pitch help: Writers of all genres are welcome to join the Sub It Club Submission Support Group where you can post pitches for feedback. 

#PreDV

April 12, 2018
8AM-7PM ET

Need a warm-up? Come practice your pitching at #PreDV with other #DVpit hopefuls and get feedback from peers and volunteers.

Post your pitch using "#PreDV" in place of "#DVpit" and volunteers will provide critiques. Participants are also encouraged to provide feedback to other pitches!

This is a great opportunity to practice before the big day, get feedback to improve your pitches, and make some friends!

Hosted by Kat Cho (@KatCho)

#DVpit Blog Hop

March 26-30, 2018


March 26 2018

Writing Overlapping Identities: The Importance of Intersectionality and How it Informs Character and Consequence (a Roundtable Discussion: Part 1), hosted by Talcott Notch literary agent Saba Sulaiman (@agentsaba) on Pub(lishing) Crawl (@PubCrawlBlog). Featuring Amy Bishop (@amylizbishop) of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, Tiffany Shelton (@TiffanyDiahann) of St. Martin’s Press, Dongwon Song (@dongwon) of Morhaim Literary, and Rachel Stark (@syntactics) of SkyPony.

March 27 2018

Writing Overlapping Identities: The Importance of Intersectionality and How it Informs Character and Consequence (a Roundtable Discussion: Part 2), hosted by Talcott Notch literary agent Saba Sulaiman (@agentsaba) on Pub(lishing) Crawl (@PubCrawlBlog). Featuring Amy Bishop (@amylizbishop) of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, Tiffany Shelton (@TiffanyDiahann) of St. Martin’s Press, Dongwon Song (@dongwon) of Morhaim Literary, and Rachel Stark (@syntactics) of SkyPony.

March 28 2018

Focus on the Fight: Writing Action Scenes That Land the Punch by Diana Gill (@dianagill), editor at Tor / Forge Books / Tor Teen, on Writers Digest (@WritersDigest).

March 29 2018

On Building Plot: Three Act Structures by Sona Charaipotra (@sona_c), author and co-founder of Cake Literary, on Writer’s Block Party (@WritersParty).

March 30 2018

What Do You Have To Lose?: Infusing Your Characters With Personal Stakes by Hannah Fergesen (@HannahFergesen), author and literary agent at kt literary, on Writer’s Block Party (@WritersParty).

#askDVpit

April 17, 2018
12PM - 1PM ET

We're hosting another Twitter Q&A during which writers thinking of participating in #DVpit can tweet questions using the hashtag #askDVpit. Our industry pros will answer!

Meet our pros:
Jen Azantian (@jenazantian), Literary Agent & Founder at Azantian Literary Agency
Brian Geffen (@Brian_Geffen), Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers of Macmillan Children’s Group
Jim McCarthy (@JimMcCarthy528), Literary Agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Lauren Spieller (@laurenspieller), Associate Literary Agent at TriadaUS and YA Author
Suzie Townsend (@sztownsend81), Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
Jennifer Ung (@JenPanda), Editor at Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster

#DVpitLIVE

RETURNING NEXT ROUND

#DVpit will host and moderate a LIVE video panel with industry professionals on a YouTube channel TBD. We'll soon take suggestions for questions. Or, hold questions until the time of the event and tweet them using #DVpitLIVE; our panelists will try to answer as many as they can at the end.