Susan, A Graham @GrahamophonesHey pals, I want to talk a bit about pitching graphic novels online - #dvpit is coming up soon & the wonderful @beth_phelan has decided to try adding a specific day for graphic novels - Remember, #dvpit is specifically for marginalized authors & illustrators. So if that doesn't-
lots of info in the embedded thread, but also i don't think the whole script needs to be done. Have a good chunk of sample script ready, and a good outline for the rest. i think scrivener has a guide for format? #askDVpit twitter.com/Grahamophones/…
Moon @__soleilune@beth_phelan ! #askDVpit twitter.com/__soleilune/st…
a unique situation, so i think there probs isn't a norm re word limit--depends how much it takes to tell the story well. re illos, i think you want a variety of samples done, some sketches, but wouldn't need to have everything #askDVpit
kerine. @KayAyDoubleUI'm interested in publishing a short story collection and would like to know what agents look for in query letters and if having published stories is a plus if I have no previous book publishing experience? #askDVpit
i would look for overall theme of the collection/what makes it a collection, and what the collection wants to convey. definitely helps if you already have short stories published, and i personally would like to see an unpublished sample and your biblio. #askDVpit
Drew Egan @DrewEgan1Same question for me. I’m new to Twitter :) #askDVpit twitter.com/najwamoses/sta…
yep! you might get hearts from editors too, if they are the kind that can consider un-agented materials. just be ready to send your query and sample pages to the agents/editors who like your pitch. they are instructed to tweet submission instructions before particpating #askdvpit
Lexi J. Lee is temporarily MIA (Damn deadlines) @LexiJLeeWhoops, realizing this is better addressed via #askDVpit twitter.com/lexijlee/statu…
editors who retweet are signaling to agents and you should keep a list of those editors to give to your eventual agent. they're not requesting unless they LIKE the pitch #askdvpit
JJ Clapton @JJClaptonWritesIf you know you want to write in a different age category to the book you are querying, how much should we take this into account when decided which agents?
Would you offer if you knew & didn't rep the other category?
focus on what's in front of you. ideally you'll land an agent that can cover all your work, but if not, pursue a second agent when the time comes. it wouldnt stop me, if i really loved the book #askdvpit
Fartumo Kusow @FKusow@Maria__Hossain My main character is 13, but the topic/theme is adult. Should I pitch it as YA or Literary fiction? #askdvpit
ask yourself who is the reader and that should be your answer #askdvpit
Martian Hossain 👽👽👽 #FinishUrBookFall @Maria__HossainDo we paste the links to our pitches, or paste the pitches themselves on our queries?
If the latter, where in the queries should we paste them?
If an agent likes multiple pitches, which one should we paste in the query?
Should we include the hashtags too?
i say just paste the link so we can refer back and if they liked multiple then just choose randomly. put it in the opening...
the hashtags are shorthand to what should be in the query, so no need to include them
Applied Grace Now @now_grace#askDVpit
When is the next #DVpit after the October one? Is it multiple times a year or just once a year?
we've been doing april and october but that is subject to change at any time #askdvpit
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinMy thought is that neither of these things is the most effective use of short Twitter-pitch real estate, but also curious to hear agents' thoughts! #askDVpit twitter.com/najwamoses/sta…
i say an evocative title can add to the intrigue!!! #askdvpit
Noreen @naziasoSince agents can differ on how prepared your MS is (some may think it’s ready some don’t connect) is it best to go by CP feedback? #askDVpit
i think it's best to go by what feedback resonates with you. getting more eyes on your work is good and you should keep an open mind, but everything is subjective and ultimately we want YOU to be happy with your book #askdvpit
Zya aka Najwa Moses @najwamosesShould we put in the title of our book? And should we mention it’s a series? #askDVpit
i like a good, compelling title, so if it's a strength, include it! and no you can save that for the query #askdvpit
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinThis can wait, IMO. Long-term career goals are something you should discuss w/ your eventual agent, but many factors influence this; if you do well in one genre starting out, you might want to build that audience; in other situations you might want to gear shift, etc. #askDVpit twitter.com/bachbunny/stat…
yeah this and also consider bandwidth. i have authors that write in several categories and others that are staying put, at least for now. you want to be able to build somewhat consistently but depends on which categories and series and other unique factors #askdvpit
Kim Vampy-Vamp Drinks Blood In The Corner @Natkim17052342#AskDVpit
I have an Inv Illness book told through a fantasy lens. But the illness I have written about , with symptoms, is highly stigmatized and poorly understood by society. Should I leave it out of Own Voices and housekeeping since MECFS is unknown to most people? Inc agents?
if it's own voices then it's own voices and i think that's fine to include but it's definitely up to you how much you feel comfortable disclosing. #askDVpit
I don’t know if I’m marginalized enough. Should I pitch in #DVpit?
A: Entirely up to you. We encourage you to reflect on current discourse surrounding inclusion in book publishing and how you identify in that context; we can't reflect for you or tell you how to feel.
Kel Thee Stallion🦄 @keliswritesBest Practice: How long does a writer have, to respond to a request for query materials/full requests? #askDVpit
we rec 3 weeks bc the of-the-moment excitement but we hope that agents/editors will still be interested even if it doesn't come in immediately. that said, if it makes more sense to just wait for the next dvpit then that might be the better option, depending #askDVpit
Mia Tsai @itsamiaHello #askDVpit! If your MS is cross-genre (e.g. paranormal romance, but with a bigger focus on relationship and less on danger), would it be better to say it's cross-genre or just pick one?
paranormal romance is its own subgenre so i think you can just say that! #askDVpit
Kuff 'n' Klout @robothyenas#askDVPit agents: if you get a query with a wordcount well over the typical number for a given category, does that change your calculus/gut reaction, whether you're intrigued by the pitch or not?
i've ignored word counts before but really depends on the book and whether i have a good feeling in my bones about it #askDVpit