Twitter and Other Such Things

Wow, it’s been awhile!  We’ve been swept up by October and all of it’s activities.  But even if I haven’t been blogging, I have been writing.  Editing actually.  And I’m proud to say that my third book is complete!

Dark Visions is an epic fantasy based on Slavic Mythology and I will begin querying it in November.  I moved up my timeline, hoping to finish it by December for the next Pitch Madness on Twitter. Luckily, I finished it even earlier.  What is Pitch Madness, you ask?  It’s a wonderful contest on twitter.  Using the hashtag pitmad, you pitch your book in 140 characters or less.  Various literary agents (hundreds participate) read tweets all day and “like” the ones they are interested in.  If you get a like, you send a query.  It’s fun, fast, and messy and it’s a different way to garner interest in your novel.  The next date is December 4th, so keep your eyes peeled and finish your manuscripts.

If you are a writer and you aren’t on twitter, well my friends it’s time to take that step.  It’s so much easier than facebook and probably ninety percent of the agents you are looking at are on twitter.  Following these agents and their publishing houses is a smart way to find out what they are looking for, their manuscript wishlists, and contests that are constantly going on.  It’s also a quick way to meet other writers and represent yourself as a writer.  For those of you already on twitter, good job!

Well, I’m wrapping this up for now because I still have a sequel to write.  What are your favorite twitter contests?  How do you use social media as a writer?  Please comment and let me know.  As always, thanks for reading!