For more help with your pitch and etiquette questions, here are some links to read while you wait for #DVpit!
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.
Please don't forget to like this video and subscribe to Claribel's channel–she's consistently posting helpful tips for writers.
We understand that condensing a manuscript to just 140 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 2017 event. Here's how you can find critiques:
J.S. Fields (@Galactoglucoman) is a nonbinary author of nonfiction and science fiction, and signed with a publisher during the first #DVpit. Fields has backgrounds in woodworking, wood science, and organic chemistry, and would be well suited to helping you integrate your science background into any adult speculative fiction pitches. Contact J.S. Fields at chlorociboria(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject line '#DVpit pitch help.’
Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipina MG author based in the Philippines. She runs a boutique design studio with her husband in the outskirts of Manila, but also does freelance copywriting on the side. Her fiction is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group. She'd love to help you with your #DVpit pitch! Just send an email to gaildvillanueva(at)gmail(dot)com or reach out via Twitter DM @gaildvillanueva
JL Dugan is a YA and comic writer that connected with her agent, Brooks Sherman of The Bent Agency, as a result of the last #DVPit. A veteran of pitch parties and contests, she knows what works and what doesn't when it comes to standing out in the crowd. Writers in need of help can reach out to her on twitter at @JL_Dugan.
Jennifer Zeynab Maccani is a Syrian American writer, a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), and the author of the forthcoming debut novel THE MAP OF HOPEFUL BROKEN THINGS (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster 2018). Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Saturday Evening Post, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Jennifer participated in the first #DVPit event in April 2016, after which she signed with her agent, Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative Management, via a referral from a #DVPit participating agent. She is happy to critique #DVPit pitches in any category or genre, though she has the most experience with Adult and YA. You can reach her at jennifermaccani.com/contact.
Isabel Sterling (@IsaSterling) is giving away free pitch, query, and first page critiques through her website, PLUS a bunch of really excellent advice on how to tackle this event. Isabel signed with her first agent, Molly Jaffa at Folio, through the first #DVpit. After completing NaNoWriMo on a whim in 2012, Isabel fell in love with writing and hasn’t stopped since. She writes stories full of magic, where queer girls can have kick ass adventures and fall in love.
Nafiza Azad is an agented YA writer with an interest in all things fantastical. However, she doesn't deal well with zombies. For pitch help, tweet her at @Nafizaa.
Natasha Razi (@swingingstorm) is a Disability in Kidlit editor, a freelance editor, and a communications manager at an AI company. She is also a GayYA member. She has lived in four countries and seven cities in the last two years, and most recently moved to the New York area. She writes genre-bending YA and adult novels about thieves, found families, and every color in the QUILTBAG rainbow.
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.
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)
Writer Kat Cho will be moderating a Twitter chat with some of the other #DVpit successes! Tune in to #DVChat, where the alumni will be talking about writing, Twitter pitching, and diversity in publishing! Use #DVChat.
April 18th 2017
The Passage of Time In Your Novel
April 19th 2017
#DVpit Game Plan: Organization Is Key
by Jalissa Corrie (@jmarcellecorrie)
April 20th 2017
Your First Chapter Is A Promise To Your Reader: Great Opening Pages In Diverse YA
April 21st 2017
Interview With #DVpit Creator Beth Phelan
We're hosting another #Twitter D&A during which writers thinking of participating in #DVpit can tweet questions using the hashtag #askDVpit. Our industry pros will answer!
Meet the pros:
Jalissa Corrie (@jmarcellecorrie), Marketing & Publicity Assistant at Lee & Low Books.
Caitie Flum (@caitief), Literary Agent at Liza Dawson Associates representing MG, YA, and Adult fiction and narrative nonfiction.
Quressa Robinson (@qnrisawesome), Associate Agent at D4EO Literary representing YA and Adult fiction.
Jennifer Ung (@JenPanda), Associate Editor at Simon Pulse/S&S acquiring young adult contemporary fiction.