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 October 2018 event.
Âbíké is a full-time Student from London, studying English, Chinese and Anthropology in the north-east of Scotland. When she is not writing, she can be found binge watching Netflix shows, drinking her weight in tea or dramatically standing on bridges, watching the ocean move. She is represented by Hannah Sheppard of the DHH Literary. She can be contacted via DM on twitter @abike_i
Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens, LGBTQReads, and Frolic by night, and an author of Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She’s the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University series, a contributor to the anthologies All Out, The Radical Element, and It’s a Whole Spiel (Knopf 2019), and editor of the upcoming anthology His Hideous Heart (Flatiron 2019). She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband, son, and their overstuffed bookshelves. Please use email/my contact form to get in touch with your pitch! I'll do my best to send notes within 3 days, if not sooner, on a rolling basis, up until the week of #DVPit.
Nia Davenport writes both YA and Adult Fantasy about fantastical worlds and the marginalized heroines who save those worlds. She is volunteering to critique pitches from writers participating in #DVpit on a rolling basis. To submit a pitch for critique, DM her on twitter @nia_davenport.
Alechia Dow has been writing since she was in kindergarten, and has always dreamed of being an author. While writing in her spare time, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Baking & Pastry Arts, and a Master’s in Library Science. She has worked as a pastry chef, published food critic, culinary teacher, and a Youth Services librarian—until pursuing writing full time. She and her YA sci-fi novels are represented by Dr. Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary! When not writing, you can find her chasing her wild child, baking something sweet, or taking teeny adventures around Europe. My twitter handle is: @alechiawrites. [Alechia will be open to pitch feedback October 9 up until the October 16.]
Jennifer Dugan (@JL_Dugan) is a debut author who connected with her agent, Brooks Sherman, through #DVPit. Her forthcoming young adult novel HOT DOG GIRL will be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers in 2019. Jennifer will be accepting requests for pitch help via Twitter DMs. If her DM’s are closed prior to October 17, she is currently unavailable but will re-open as soon as possible.
Lana Wood Johnson (@muliebris) was born and raised in Iowa in the time before the internet but has spent the rest of her life making up for that. After years working in wireless communication for companies of all sizes, she now works doing the same for a local youth shelter. Lana lives in Minnesota with her husband and their English bulldog. TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT is her debut novel. If you would like help with pitching, Lana will be available via email at lana at muliebris dot com (3 day response time) or during "office hours" posted on the hashtag on Twitter and/or the DVpit Hopefuls Group on Facebook between now and the event.
Ryan La Sala (@ryality) found his agent Veronica Park during a 2017 #DVpit event while pitching REVERIE, which later sold to Sourcebooks Fire in a two book deal. Ryan is offering pitch critiques to #DVPit participants in prep for October's event. He specializes in fantasy & science fiction, but is here to help everyone. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with: at least two pitches, some info about your project, and any questions/concerns, up until October 14.
Roselle Lim is a Filipino-Chinese writer living on the north shore of Lake Erie. Her debut Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune will be out in Summer 2019. Use the email/contact form at rosellelim.com on October 9, 2018.
Mark O'Brien (@mobrienbooks) has completed four internships in publishing, including at Entangled Publishing, Stonesong, and most recently at Writers House. He's a freelance editor and a queer YA contemporary writer represented by Heather Flaherty at the Bent Agency. While he has a soft spot for queer contemporary YA and MG, he's open to all genres within those categories. For pitch critiques, please email markobrienbooks [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#DVpit critique," and include your pitch and any additional information. Mark is open to critiquing pitches from now until October 14th, and he's excited to work with you!
Stephanie Nina Pitsirilos is a literary fiction writer represented by Adrienne Rosado of Stonesong. A Manhattan native with PuertoGreekan roots, she writes Adult and Young Adult crossover with themes of history and a bit of speculative and comic book realism. Look for her forthcoming anthology The Latinx Archive: Speculative Fiction for Dreamers. She was a 2015 Kore Press Short Fiction Award Semifinalist, and her nonfiction work has been shared by Salud America! With a volunteer hat, she plays elementary school librarian. #DVPit-ers can DM @zoehealth their pitch, genre and age category. DMs open on a rolling basis until contest.
Susan Sayfair is a YA writer and connected with her amazing agent through the last DVpit held in April 2018. You can DM her your planned DVpit pitches on Twitter (@SusanSayfair) for a critique anytime Wednesday, October 3rd (from midnight EST to 11:59 PM EST), and she will do her best to respond within a week, hopefully sooner! Limit two pitches per author.
October 3, 2018 8AM-8PM 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!
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!
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.