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PrintAfter the astonishing success of last year’s first XPONorth Tweet Pitch – our unique tweet pitch event for Scotland’s writers is back!

On Friday 6th January 2017 writers from across Scotland can tweet pitch their work to a panel of Scotland’s finest agents and publishers. We’re opening our twitter channels to pitches of unpublished fiction and nonfiction from writers living and working in Scotland. At our end, our panel of eager agents and publishers will await the tweets, and if they like what they read they’ll make contact with the pitching writer to find out more with a view to potential representation or publishing.

In January 2016, our first tweet pitch received more than 2500 tweets pitching hundreds of unpublished books, and we know that as a consequence many writers started the New Year with the keen attention of an agent and publisher – and across 2016, books that were pitched on that single day made it onto booksellers’ shelves!

This year, the panel of agents and publishers has been expanded, and the process has been simplified….

Peter Urpeth, Director of XPONorth’s writing and publishing programme, said:

“There is no better way for a writer to start the new year than to pitch their work, to start the year as they mean to go on and to make 2017 the year in which their work is really available to the book market. Some writers like the traditional, slower methods of posting off their work to agents or publishers for consideration, and many others prefer the direct opportunities that social media offers to engage with agents and publishers.

“Constructing a pitch in 135 characters is a hard task, but if you know your work inside out and really understand its core purpose and storylines, then the tweet pitch is for you. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s fast and it works!”

Full details at:

How it works

All writers have to do is to formulate a pitch for their work in 135 characters or less – yes, that’s the normal 140 character max for tweets minus the tags below which must be added to the pitch tweet – and then tweet it from their own twitter account between 7am and midnight on Friday 6 January  2017.

We’ll pick up the submissions from the hash tags, and if one or more of our agents or publishers likes the pitch, they’ll make contact with the writer directly.

The all important #s:

Add #xpo to the end of your pitch tweet and then add one of the following letters to the end of #xpo which lets our agents and publishers know the type of work you are pitching:

B for fiction

C for children books or YA

N for nonfiction

So, the pitch of a novel for would end with the hashtag #xpob

A few things to note

If a writer doesn’t use the hashtags above we can’t consider their work.

The work pitched must be unpublished and must be the original work of the author.

Any fiction being pitched must be complete.  Non-fiction can be at proposal stage.

Don’t add pictures or files to tweets.

If any an agent or publisher contacts a writer about their pitch / work, any subsequent agreements or other communications between them and that party are solely their own responsibility. Always take advice before making any agreement or signing a contract about your work.

This project is open only to writers living and working in Scotland.

The Tweet Pitch is a produced by XPONorth (Writing & Publishing) in association with Jenny Brown Associates, Literary Agents.

XPONorth (writing & Publishing) is the trade network for writing and publishing in the creative industries in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. XPONorth was developed by HIE as part of its support for the creative industries in the region.

Our work is funded by ERDF, HIE and Creative Scotland.

XPONorth (Writing and Publishing) is delivered by Emergents Creatives – a social enterprise working from Inverness.

The tweet pitch is delivered in association with Jenny Brown Associates, literary agents.