I recently participated in an online Twitter pitching event called #DVPit...which is a lot of words that I understand probably require some further explanation:
Twitter - a social media platform where you can express yourself in 280 characters or less in a post that’s called a tweet
Pitching event - where writers post a tweet (280 characters or less!) promoting their completed manuscript in the hopes that a literary agent will see the tweet and “like” it, indicating they want the writer to send them more information via email
#DVPit - an event specifically geared toward writers who have marginalized identities (http://dvpit.com/) - held in April and October each year
The first time I submitted to a literary agent was in April of 2016. I had gathered my courage and pitched Crier/Liar during that #DVPit event and an agent liked my tweet!
As you’ve likely gathered, that round of querying didn’t quite pan out, but it was a definite start and now I’ve been submitting to various literary agents off and on for the past two years. After a hard look at my writing and the progress I’ve made during that time I’ve switched from querying Crier/Liar to Making & Killing, hopefully a more palatable/sellable read.
Which brings me back to #DVPit! I recently participated again, for the first time with Making & Killing, and received more positive feedback than I’ve had in the past!
I’ve been querying this manuscript for a little while and here are my current stats:
I've had THREE agents request more of Making & Killing! Two agents have requested the first fifty pages, while the other requested the entire thing! I’m already making better progress as compared to my rounds of querying for Crier/Liar.
In current-project news, I’m also 55k words into writing Roadkill Kids and making steady progress exploring the lives of queer teens in the Appalachian mountains. I crank out between five hundred to a thousand words per weekday during my morning #5amwritersclub (another Twitter thing) sessions with Thor perched and purring on my lap.