Hey Bookish People,
While I talk a lot here about using Instagram as an author and a little bit about the craft of writing, I realized I haven’t given an update on my own writing! The last few weeks have a been crazy busy so I’m finally settling into what might be a calmer few weeks.
A couple of months ago I wrapped up edits on a middle grade fiction novel that I’m really fond of and I decided to jump right into pitching the manuscript to agents. Around that time I listened to a podcast, and I’m so annoyed that I can’t remember if it was an episode of I Should be Writing or Ditch Diggers, that mentioned a Twitter pitching event that I’d never heard of before called #DVPit. It was a couple of weeks away and was a pitching event for diverse authors to find agents who are looking for books featuring diverse characters and to represent diverse talent. The timing and topic were a good fit so I spent some time preparing my 280 word pitches and was ready the day of the event.
The rules are that you can pitch your novel 6 times during the event and only once an hour. I was ready at 5:30 in the morning (8:30 Eastern time). During the pitch if an agent is interested in seeing pages of a manuscript and a query they ‘like’ your tweet. At the end of the day I was at 14 and completely blown away that I had received any interest at all.
Of course, personal life events were also ramping up the next week as I prepared and sent out my query letters and first few pages of my book. By the time I had sent out half of my queries I had 2 requests for a full manuscript. One was rejected shortly after but I currently have all my query letters sent out and I’m waiting to hear back about two full manuscripts (I just had a request for one yesterday). I’ve had a total of 4 responses from my queries so far and 1 has been an outright rejection while 3 have been requests for full manuscripts. It’s going better than I could have hoped.
I’m really excited, incredibly nervous, and feel even more strongly that it’s in my best interest to keep growing my social media following and increasing my engagement. I’m hoping this is all the beginning of some amazing opportunities.
Any advice about keeping calm while waiting for query responses would be deeply appreciated :).
I won’t bore you with more details than that but I’d be happy to answer any additional questions you have in the comments. Don’t forget to follow the blog so that you can see my Instagram experiments and my social media strategy as I continue.