Social media has dramatically changed how writers interact with readers. Snail-paced fan mail has been usurped by instant reviews, posts and tweets. It has also changed how writers interact with agents and publishers. They are less the men and women behind the curtain a la the Wizard of Oz, and more often people we follow on Twitter and like on Facebook.
Writers used to be told to have our Elevator Pitch ready – a short blurb of our story that could be given to an agent or publisher when we have them trapped in an elevator, riding from one floor to the next. Now we have the Twitter Pitch – 140 characters or less! Agents/Publishers create a hashtag and follow the pitches on twitter, watching for retweets and favourites to see what resonates with other writers and readers.
This week we've been challenged to Twitter pitch our WIP or latest release. I’ve done this a couple of times, and trust me – it is HARD! It’s especially hard when you need to take into account the hashtag you must include or no one will see your tweet (I made up one, to keep in the spirit of the game).
If you joined me from Kate Robbins blog, what did you think of her pitches? Sound intriguing, don't they?
I figured if I’m going to go through this exercise, why not take advantage of it? So I am going to post 2 different versions of pitches for each of my finished manuscripts. Which one do you like best?
NO LIFE BUT THIS (contemporary):
#RWWPITCH Can the shifting sands of a vacation affair become the rock on which a life-long relationship is built?
#RWWPITCH She’s a reserved quiet soul. He’s an adventurous, cheerful womanizer. Together they ignite a passion neither is ready for
WHEN TIME FALLS STILL (romantic suspense):
#RWWPITCH She’s on tenure track until a sexy campus security guard distracts her, yet more than her heart is in danger at this university.
#RWWPITCH Does a university professor dare put passion over ambition? Or will she lose more than her heart to this sexy security guard?
Let me know your favourites in the comments. Then be sure to hop on over to Xio Axelrod's blog. She's the one who set this topic for this week, so I have high expectations. :)
8/4/2015 03:03:25 am
Great pitches. But if I had to choose, shifting sands wins for me. :)
8/4/2015 04:36:42 am
They're all good, but yeah, that shifting sands one jumps out at you. Nicely done.
8/4/2015 04:46:19 am
Thanks, Victoria and Steven. Any comments on the tweets for the second book much appreciated!
8/4/2015 05:21:20 am
Like 'em all, but my fav is the first of When Time Falls Still!
8/4/2015 05:26:03 am
I like #1 for No Life... and #2 for When Time...
8/4/2015 06:50:08 am
8/4/2015 07:40:31 am
I agree with Xio's picks! My only nit on the 2nd one for When Time is that it sounds like the security guard is putting "more than her heart" in danger, while the first one implies he'll protect her from danger except to her heart. Not sure which it actually is.
8/4/2015 08:03:41 am
Love them- First one is my fav! The others are awesome too.
8/5/2015 02:17:28 am
Thanks for the input, everyone!
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