For any unpublished author with a Twitter account, #PitchCB is the stuff of legend. On the fourth Friday of every month, the UK literary agents of Curtis Brown invite Twitter pitches. Here are the guidelines.
On 22 April 2016, I joined the hoards – probably about 300 of us – with this:
1653. Oliver Cromwell’s England. New recruit Lady Aphra vows to spy for her exiled King. Lie. Dissemble. Steal. But will she kill? #PitchCB
— H.J. Reynolds (@reynoldsauthor) April 22, 2016
It was my first go and I wasn’t successful. However I was curious as to what did catch the agents’ attention. For your delectation and education, I present the successful eight from April 2016:
Jonny Geller’s likes
Having changed trains a few time at March station out there on the Fens, I could well believe it. And:
I really enjoyed Rebecca’s blog No sleep, thanks Mr Geller about her reaction.
Rebecca Ritchie’s likes
Secrets of forbidden love rip a family apart. Her life a sham, Clara’s search for identity ends in Sicily and old wounds are healed.#PitchCB
— Jan Baynham (@JanBayLit) April 22, 2016
I loved Jan’s heart-warming blog about what happened next, especially as it includes the line “I did what I’ve done for the last few months: prepared a tweet pitching my novel.”
Richard Pike’s likes
#PitchCB 1981 Jules wrote a bucket list, things to do before 50. 35 yrs on she starts to cross them off, but should she try & find Will Cox?
— Kate Calcutt (@WordUp86) April 22, 2016
Emma Bailey’s likes
Abbie Greaves’ likes
— Katelyn Aronson (@MademoiselleK8) April 22, 2016
Goodnight and good luck with your Twitter pitches
I hope you were inspired to tweak your tweet. I might try some numbers in the next one – ’10 commandments, 7 deadly sins, 2 traitors, 1 King’ perhaps?
All the very best of luck to the authors featured. For the rest of us, may the fourth (Friday) be with you!
About the author
H.J. Reynolds has written A Treachery Of Spies, focusing on Royalist spies in Oliver Cromwell’s England. The manuscript is complete and she is now seeking an agent. If you’d like her to submit some sample chapters, you can contact her at helen[at]hjreynolds.co.uk