XpoNorth Writing and Publishing network’s second Scotland-wide Tweet Pitch too place on Friday 6th January with a high volume of traffic pitching ideas for novels and non-fiction books in just 135 characters (five characters had to be kept back for all-important hashtags).
The event is rapidly becoming a ‘must-do’ date in Scotland’s writing and publishing calendar. By 2.30pm on Tweet Pitch day, the hashtags were trending across Twitter.
XpoNorth’s Tweet Pitch attracted a lot of media attention and was highlighted in The Herald, The Evening Times, The Daily Record, The Inverness Courier, The Oban Times and more. On the morning of the Pitch, it was featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship news programme, Good Morning Scotland.
We are currently working on collating a sea of data from the day’s activity. On the Tweet Pitch day, from 7am-midnight, writers across Scotland took the opportunity to pitch their work, and the response from agents and publishers mirrored the quality of the submissions. XpoNorth will be releasing precise figures indicating how many took part and how many ideas were pitched in the near future. Look out too for a case studies featuring those who have secured a new book contract or agent through the process.
The day was a joy to participate in with a real buzz of energy and creativity, showing once again the innovation and collaborative spirit there is to be found in Scottish writing and publishing.
Our thanks to partners Jenny Brown Associates and all the publishers and agents who participated to make this very real opportunity for Scotland’s writers such a joy and once again, such a success.
Below are details of the call out which took place prior to the Tweet Pitch on 6 January 2017:
WRITERS – YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DELIVERED IN JUST ONE TWEET!
– TWEET PITCH YOUR WORK TO XPONORTH – 6th January 2017
After 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 We’re opening our twitter channels to pitches of unpublished fiction and nonfiction from writers living and working in Scotland.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….
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.
Enquiries – please e-mail Peter Urpeth:
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