Sunday, September 25, 2016

#PitchMAS 2016 Dates Have Been SET!

More details coming soon! 

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING IN THIS POST BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS. 

FRIDAY 12/09/16
*PITCH-HONING WORKSHOP*
(A blog post will go LIVE on 12/09, right here on the PitchMAS blog, where you will post your pitches in the COMMENT SECTION. Your peers will then hop around and critique/advise you on what works/doesn't work. Tamara and Jessa WILL NOT be participating in the workshop; this is for peer critique/help only.) 
It must be said again, as we get questions about this EVERY year: If you feel that your comment hasn't posted, IT HAS. 
Because of the sheer volume of comments on the pitch-honing workshop, you'll have to click "load more'' at the bottom of the page a few times to see all of the comments. When in doubt, hit 'refresh'!


SUNDAY 12/11/16 - MONDAY 12/12/16
*SUBMISSION WINDOW*

For this event, we will be accepting your 35-word pitch submissions VIA EMAIL ONLY
Submission window will be open from 
Sunday 12/11/16 at 9:00amPST until Monday 12/12/16 at 6:00pmPST
We will delete any submissions received before or after that submission window.
------->It is up to you to figure out your own time zone differences.<-------
Email address is pitchMAS@gmail.com.
Please do NOT send anything to that email before the event.


THURSDAY 12/15/16
BLOG PITCH PARTY
{35 Words or Less}
The TOP 50 pitches will go live on the PitchMAS blog at MIDNIGHT on Thursday, 12/15/16. Agents and editors will have the entire day (as well as all day Friday and into the weekend!) to comment and make requests. 
Please do NOT comment if you are not an agent or editor. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE is if an agent/editor has asked a SPECIFIC question. 
Any other non-agent/editor responses or comments will be deleted. 


FRIDAY 12/16/16
TWITTER PITCH PARTY

{140 Characters or Less}
On Friday, 12/16/16, from 6:00a.m. PST to 6:00p.m. PST, we will have our PitchMAS Twitter Party! 
Agents and editors will follow the hashtag #PitchMAS, reading your awesome pitches. ANYONE can participate, even if you didn't make it into the 50 selected blog pitches! However, your manuscript MUST BE COMPLETED and POLISHED. 
Twitter pitches MUST BE 140 Characters or Less and HAVE TO include the hashtag. DO NOT make the agents and editors work by breaking your pitch into more than one tweet. You will likely just annoy the participating agents/editors and your fellow pitchers. We also advise against making them click a link to get to your pitch. Guess what? They won't.  Also, including images with your pitch is gimmicky and we advise against it.
Please keep your Twitter pitching to no more than TWO PITCHES PER HOUR. 
Do not fill up the feed with your pitch over and over again. This will annoy the agents and editors involved, as well as ruining it for everyone else and people WILL remember you for it. 


Follow along with the hashtag: #PitchMAS


Participating agents and editors will be announced in November! 

In the meantime, make sure you follow both of us on Twitter. (We often post the same #PitchMAS related info, but you never know when only one of us will tweet something important.)

#PitchMAS

Tamara
Twitter

Jessa
Twitter

We've posted a few #PitchMAS success stories (more to come!) here on the blog as well, so if you're curious, click HERE to view them! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Twitter Pitching, #PitchMAS-ers!!! WE ARE LIVE!

IT'S TIME FOR OUR TWITTER PITCH PARTY!!!

*Throws confetti and caffeine*



WOOHOOO! It's time! It's time! 


--->Pitching will go all day long, as agents and editors don't have room for much rigidity in their schedules this time of year, so we want to leave it open to them. Be patient and watch for them to hop onto the thread. Most will announce themselves and tweet instructions for submitting to them once they've liked your pitch. 

--->The agents/editors will respond to or favorite the pitches they want to request. IF an agent or editor does not respond, but favorites your pitch instead, please view their feed to see if they've mentioned what they want from you, 
OR ASK ONE OF US FOR HELP by tweeting directly to @JessaRusso or @FeakySnucker.

-->NEVER NEVER NEVER pitch directly to an agent or editor UNLESS THEY HAVE ASKED. 
Please follow this simple rule... at all times, not just during pitch events.

--->If you did not get through to the top 50 during our blog pitching portion of #PitchMAS, and even if you did, please join us for the Twitter Pitch Party!
ANYONE can participate!

--->BUT, your manuscript MUST BE COMPLETED AND POLISHED.

Did you read that? Go back and read it again. We'll wait. *whistles*

Completed and polished. Please, please, please do not pitch a bare-bones idea/concept or a half-written manuscript. No one will sign incomplete novels, and they'll just be disappointed when they request pages that don't exist. This makes us sad.
*If you just wrote this manuscript during NaNoWriMo, congratulations! You wrote a book! But, sadly--and realistically--chances are it is not ready. 

--->Twitter pitches MUST BE 140 Characters or Less, and they HAVE TO INCLUDE THE #PitchMAS HASHTAG

--->Don't make the agents and editors work to read what you're pitching because you've broken your pitch into more than one tweet. Don't make them follow a link. Just, NO. That will just annoy them, irritate your fellow pitchers, and ensure that your pitch gets lost among the others.

--->Please keep your Twitter pitching to no more than TWO PITCHES PER MANUSCRIPT, PER HOUR. Do not flood the feed with your pitch over and over again. This, too, will annoy the agents and editors involved, as well as ruining it for everyone else--which I know you don't really want to do, do you? (Plus, people WILL remember you for it.)

Twitter pitch parties are a LOT of fun--trust us, we've both done many as both hosts and pitchers--but please don't get carried away. TWO PITCHES PER HOUR is plenty, and doesn't bog down the feed.

Please respect us, the agents and editors participating, and your fellow writers by respecting these rules.

You are welcome to pitch more than one manuscript, but please only pitch EACH manuscript no more than TWICE per hour.

Follow along with the hashtag: #PitchMAS

Side note: Make sure you follow us on Twitter. (We often post the same #PitchMAS related info, but you never know when only one of us will tweet something important, AND we tend to tweet from our personal accounts way more frequently than our poor, neglected PitchMAS account.)

#PitchMAS

Tamara

Jessa

For the list of awesome participating agents and editors, please go HERE.

PLEASE ask any and all questions in the comments below or by tweeting to us directly (@feakysnucker or @jessarusso)! One of us will respond as soon as we can.

XO,
Jessa & Tamara

Thursday, December 17, 2015

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: COPPER SHADOWS

Category/Genre: Adult Psychological Thriller

Manuscript Word Count: 90K

Pitch:  Sean spends his days in self-imposed isolation, terrified of his own murderous potential. When a girl he's obsessed with gets kidnapped, he must confront demons both internal and external in his quest to find her.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: FIRST NIGHT

Category/Genre: WF, R, Rom-Com, NA

Word Count: 60,532

Pitch: Lives of two twenty-somethings collide on NYE for epic 24 hours. Her long-standing South Philly family tradition is a bust. He’s determined to save it for the charming girl he’s just met.Cinderella/Bridesmaids meet Hangover.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: PHOEBE FOGG AND THE CHRONOS APPARATUS

Category: Middle Grade 
Genre: Steampunk/Historical Science Fiction


Word Count: 35K

Pitch: Phoebe is desperate to go on her father's archaeology expedition. She even freezes time to stow away, but escaping past grief and guilt could prove more difficult than tampering with the laws of physics.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title:  TO FIND THE AIR

Category/Genre:  Adult Romantic Suspense

Manuscript Word Count:  95,000

Pitch:  Asthmatic social worker Summer’s first client is chain-smoking parolee Sawyer. When his country charm steals her heart, she abandons ethics to clear his name for his wife’s death. Now she’ll face the danger stalking him.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: THE LAND OF SMILES

Category: NA/Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Manuscript Word Count: 70k

Pitch: An immigration advisor dreams of new beginnings in Thailand. After having an affair with a troublemaking university student who’s framed and facing deportation, will Samantha risk those dreams—and her life—to prove his innocence?

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: AMERICAN PANDA

Category/Genre: Women's Fiction/Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 84,000

Pitch: Taiwanese-American Mei must become a doctor (despite her germophobia) and marry a pre-approved suitor to appease her traditional parents. If she pursues dance and Japanese Darren, she’ll have the life she wants, but without family.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 50

Title: COOPER’S COMET

Category/Genre: MG Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 30,000

Pitch: Unite or die. In this Treasure Planet meets Goonies romp, former potty mouth Cooper is stuck on an infested comet with five rival classmates. Getting back home: impossible. Then again, impossible never stopped Cooper before.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 49

Title:  Tin Cans

Category/Genre:  Adult/Humor

Manuscript Word Count:  78K

Pitch: Should Lana give up the glamorous life of selling mobile homes?  But who will hire her zany employees, especially Mike with the wooden leg? Mob guy, shorty shorts, her anal ex all want to help…yay.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 48

Title: EIGHTEEN HOURS

Category/Genre:  YA Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 76,000

Pitch: In eighteen hours, on Friday morning, there will be a high school shooting. Eight teens from the school narrate what led up to the disaster—beginning at hour one. Thirteen Reasons Why meets Nineteen Minutes.


#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 47

Title: THE LANGUAGE OF LIARS

Category/Genre: YA Psychological Thriller

Manuscript Word Count: 64,000

Pitch: Raine doesn’t remember her party the media coined The Sweet Sixteen Massacre-the one only she survived. Under experimental treatment for PTSD, fragmented memories of the night resurface, and Raine discovers everyone lied...including her.


#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 46

Title: Watch Jane Fail

Category/Genre: Adult/New Adult

Manuscript Word Count: 70,000

Pitch: When Jane’s stoner boyfriend rolls off his waterbed and asks her if she wouldn’t mind taking the virginity of his best friend, she realizes something’s got to change—and it’s her. 

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 45

Title: THE ATLANTIC BOND

Category/Genre*: YA/Science Fiction

Manuscript Word Count: 80,000

Pitch: Seventeen-year-old fighter pilot discovers her Android's illegal sentient glitch when he saves her rookie ass. Falling for the infectious personality within the machine, she seeks cause of the glitch, risking her freedom to save him.  

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 44

Title: Killing June

Category/Genre: Adult Dark Contemporary Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 76,400

Pitch: Dark nights and sweat-soaked skin collides with Sunday church, pecan pie, and keeping up appearances. Cade infiltrates every section of her partitioned life, but Alex risks family image, career, and life by opening her heart.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 43

Title: CHASING CHAUCER

Category/Genre: YA Contemporary

Word Count: 84,000

Pitch: After an injury ends her soccer dreams, a high school senior must outwit three devious classmates to win a new scholarship in a literary-themed scavenger hunt across England.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 42

Title: THE CAMERA MAN

Category: YA Contemporary 

Manuscript Word Count: 55,000 words



Pitch: Jordan enters an uneasy gang alliance, agreeing to film and post brutal beatings online. When he rescues a girl from attack, he becomes the focus of retaliation as well as of local law enforcement’s investigation.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 41

Title: My Mommy Needs a Coffee

Category: PB

World Count: 350

Pitch: Quick! Here she comes, the growly, prowly bear! RUN Dad, get COFFEE! Ahhh, that’s better! Now Mommy’s curled up on the couch like a purring pussy cat.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 40

Title: Becky Harper is Hearing Things

Category/Genre: MG Paranormal

Manuscript Word Count: 34,000

Pitch:  Becky expects her new hearing aids to help her hear more. What she doesn't expect is that they'll also help her to hear ghosts. Or that some ghosts are more dangerous than others. 

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 39

Title: A HAUNT FOR JACKALS

Category/Genre: YA/Speculative Fiction

Manuscript Word Count: 98,500 

Pitch: Eerie is a Hushed, an embodied secret in human form, created to tell and then drop dead. Too bad she's falling in love with the boy who needs to know what only she can say.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 38

Title: STRAY

Category/Genre: YA/Contemporary, Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 90,000

Pitch: We’ve all had that day.  You know, that day you’re abandoned in a small town, you meet a boy then ruin his life.  That day, right?  No?  Then meet Lila Baxter, 17. 

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 37

Title: OUR REASONS

Category/Genre: YA/Contemporary Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 54,000

Pitch: After Garrett finds Maddie's suicide note in a library book, he decides to write one of his own: reasons for her to stay.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 36

Title: CRAWLSPACE


Category/Genre: MG/Suspense

Manuscript Word Count: 37,000

Pitch: Alvin’s dad is going to prison for his uncle’s crimes unless Alvin can bring his grandpa back to life by finding an ancient statue. But while Alvin’s after the statue, his uncle’s after him.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 35

Title: LIFE'S MORE FUN WHEN YOU TALK TO STRANGERS

Category: Memoir - New Adult, Travel/LGBT/Christian sub-themes

Word Count: 90,000

Pitch: A Midwestern, closeted pastor's son falls in love with a Swiss man, prompting a 260 day North American road trip to not only find himself, but connect with his deceased father.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 34

Title: MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIUM

Category/Genre: MG/Mystery,Paranormal

Manuscript Word Count: 46,000

Pitch: Cass wants to hang with her friends, eat tacos, and survive middle school. But a pesky little ghost being chased by a bounty hunter has other ideas. Cass has some serious spirit problems to solve.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 33

Title: DULY NOTED

Category/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 83,000

Pitch: She has PTSD from a car wreck, loves Percocet and never leaves her backyard. He loves cars & wants show her his world. Can his method help her, or will he push her too hard?

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 32

Title: ON BURNING MIRRORS
Category/Genre: Adult/Upmarket Fiction
Manuscript Word Count: 115,330

Pitch: Jules is a successful journalist, and married; but she’s fallen for the beautiful and talented bartender she’s writing about. After her unexpected death, Jules’ secrets are exposed and her two worlds collide.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 31

Title: THE DREADFUL NEIGHBORS

Category/Genre: YA/Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 52,000

Pitch: Nancy Martin’s smart but her parents want Einstein.  When the most popular boy in 10th grade asks her out, things get complicated because Nancy has a crush on the star soccer player…from the girl’s team.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 30

Title: 12 Steps Down

Category/Genre: Adult / Mystery, LGBT Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 70,000

Pitch: Recovering addict Madigan is fresh out of jail when his sober sponsor is murdered. To prove his innocence Madigan must work with his ex-boyfriend, the cop that lost everything because of Madigan’s habit.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 29

Title: The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida

Category/Genre*: Adult / Literary Mystery with Elements of Magical Realism

Manuscript Word Count: 70,000

Pitch: Miwako has killed herself, and nobody knows why. Her life is revealed through the eyes of an upperclassman who loved her, a close friend who has a secret of her own, and her transsexual employer.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 28

Title: THE ORPHAN RESISTANCE

Category/Genre: YA/Post-apocalyptic

Manuscript Word Count: 62,000

Pitch: A decade after the virus, a boy with no memories and a girl who can’t pull the trigger anymore fight alongside a group of orphans against adults who kidnap children for their uninfected blood.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 27

Title:  FAULT LINES


Category/Genre:  YA/Contemporary Romance


Manuscript Word Count:  80,000 words


Pitch:  Despite a lifetime of broken bones, Zoe doesn’t let her osteogenesis imperfecta define her. Unfortunately, everybody else does. When she meets Dylan, a fellow gear head, hiding her condition could break her heart. Or worse.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 26

Title: THE SHADOW KISS

Category/Genre: YA Dystopia

Manuscript Word Count: 90,000

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 25

Title: GRAVE ALICE

Category/Genre:  Adult/Gothic Horror

Manuscript Word Count: 71,000


Pitch: After a terrible accident leaves a young woman paralyzed, she encounters an enigmatic doctor who hopes to heal her by unconventional means—only to discover that the cure is more horrifying than the affliction.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 24

Title: Finn, The Misunderstood Shark

Category/Genre: Picture Book/Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 596

Pitch: Finn is a lonely shark; sea creatures tremble in his presence.  While searching for human friends, he hears cries of, “SHARK!!!”  That must mean they’re excited to see him.  So why are they swimming away?

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 23

Title: THE WATER SOLUBLE HORSE COMPANY


Category/Genre: MG / Fantasy


Manuscript Word Count: 36,000


Pitch: Emily's horse that she ordered off the internet arrives as a small bar she has to soak to reanimate, but instructions aren't followed properly. Instead of a stallion she gets a tiny Mr. Ed.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 22

Title: THE DARK SIDE OF GRACE
Genre: Legal Thriller
Word Count: 72,000
Pitch: When public defender and former abuse victim Grace Quinn realizes that she might actually win an acquittal for her confessed child molester client, she decides to kill him rather than watch him go free.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 21

Title: THE ART of STEALING

Category/Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

Word Count: 81,000 words
Pitch: Just because Valentina's a recovering art thief doesn't mean she can't enjoy being surrounded by masterpieces as curator at The Met. Except Luca, former lover, current jewel thief has his eyes on their Faberge eggs.  

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 20

Title: THE KITTEN & THE CLOUD

Category/Genre*: YA/ Sci-fi

Manuscript Word Count: 95 000 words

Pitch: Escaping NYC would mean never finding out why her deceased family failed to load on Heaven’s “Afterlife” cloud server. Raine seeks vengeance and her brother’s reinstatement on the Facebook-like feed. LISBETH SALANDER stomping through ELYSIUM.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 19

Title: RECKLESS

Category\Genre: YA Adventure

Manuscript Word Count: 63,000 words

Pitch: Laurel didn’t expect to impersonate a famous singer on her senior class cruise to Rio, fall for her BFF, or meet up with thieves and kidnappers; now her goal is to survive.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 18

Title: THE SHORT TALE OF GARY THE GRIFFIN

Category: PB/Fairytale, Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 886 words

Pitch: It’s tough being a little griffin! Besides looking different than others, Gary can’t fly. His tail’s too short—his left wing’s too small! Can Gary learn to love all of his differences and truly soar?

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 17

Title: HONEY AND LEMONS

Category/Genre: YA/Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 82k

Pitch: Being trans and broke was hard enough; now Aldonza's gotten herself and her parents cursed. To undo it, she must investigate her curse-caster's missing family, but someone's trying to stop the investigation. With bullets. Great.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 16

Title: COSPLAYED

Category/Genre*: YA romance

Manuscript Word Count: 53,000

Pitch: When fanboys get handsy with a Sailor Moon cosplayer, Boba Fett comes to her rescue. But soon he’s the dude in distress. His dad abandons the car, changes locks, and smashes the phone—house arrest.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 15

Title: NOWHERE BEHELD

Category/Genre: Adult/Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 87,000

Pitch: Fin learns five truths: Camelot exists in a parallel time; his parents caused its downfall; he can restore it; he could lose his wife if he does; he could lose his child if he doesn’t.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 14

Title: A SKY MORE THAN BLUE

Category/Genre: MG/Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 38,000

Pitch: Laurel’s a good Southern girl, all sweet tea and “yes, ma’am.” But during a sticky-hot week at Grandpa’s—without her sister’s example and Mom’s expectations—she questions who defines “good” and what defines her.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 13

Title: FAIRY RING

Category/Genre*: YA Fantasy/ Magical Realism

Manuscript Word Count: 71K

Pitch: Fires in chemistry, sword fights in gym—Livy’s schizophrenic hallucinations and fairy friends are causing real trouble. When a classmate drops dead, Livy must untangle the culprit from her delusions before she’s the next victim.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 12

Title: THE WRITE TYPE OF WRONG


Category/Genre*: Adult/Romance


Manuscript Word Count: 78,000


Pitch: Dad's a televangelist and Mom writes Christian inspirationals. When grad student Faith's exposed as an erotic author, she might lose her family and the heart of the cocky bartender/MBA student she’s using for research.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 11

Title: CAMELIA WEATHERS IS ALL EARS

Category/Genre: YA/Light fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 50k

Pitch: When Camelia gets the ability to hear boys' thoughts, she wants to listen to dishy Kieran, but instead hears loner Zack's suicidal thoughts. Yet she can't exactly tell him she can hear what he thinks.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 10

Title: Blood Bound

Category/Genre: Adult/Paranormal Erotic Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 52,000

Pitch: Sheltered schoolteacher Anna infiltrates the notorious Blood Ravagers biker gang to find her missing twin sister and instead discovers fierce passion with alpha-Dom pain demon Dante. Supernatural meets Sons of Anarchy.