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Kidlit Good News / Re: My new MG is out! JUST LEFT OF LUCKY
« Last post by Ev on Today at 06:58 PM »
Wonderful news, Dianna! Thanks for sharing with us! :drumroll
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My new MG is out! JUST LEFT OF LUCKY
« Last post by Schriscoe on Today at 06:48 PM »
Congrats, Dianna! It looks like another winner! Can't wait to pick it up!  :goldstar
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PAL Book Promotion / Re: FIRE TRUCK DREAMS cover reveal!!
« Last post by dinalapomy101 on Today at 06:36 PM »
Adorable!!! Can’t wait to buy it.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My new MG is out! JUST LEFT OF LUCKY
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Today at 06:29 PM »
looks great, Dianna. Happy sales to you.
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Kidlit Good News / My new MG is out! JUST LEFT OF LUCKY
« Last post by Dianna Winget on Today at 04:06 PM »
Hi All
After what feels like forever, I have a new middle grade!  :running Just Left of Lucky, tackles homelessness and poverty, but has light and hope as well ... and a dog! What more could you need? I changed my avatar to my new cover to give it some exposure, and I thought I better identify myself so you'd know it was still me!  :grin3
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: #PITMAD and #PBPITCH
« Last post by justin-colon on Today at 03:31 PM »
I second the plug for #PBParty -- I found my agent through that contest!

Congratulations!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: #PITMAD and #PBPITCH
« Last post by justin-colon on Today at 03:31 PM »
Thanks.
#PitMad is huge and open to all genres.

#PBPitch is exclusively for picture book writers and authors. (Psst, if you didn't know, I'm also a co-host with the divine Debra).

It only takes one yes. But remember, and I say this all the time, pitch parties is only ONE way to connect with agents.  The path to getting an agent is not a straight line, there can be twists and turns and road blocks and potholes. Since leaving my agent last year, I'm back in the query hunt, and even though I pitch in the parties, I'm still querying by email. You can't put your eggs all in one basket.

Next #PBPitch is 2/22/18, 8a-8p est.

 :goldstar :goldstar :love5 :stars3 :star2 :star2



 I plan to be there!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: #PITMAD and #PBPITCH
« Last post by justin-colon on Today at 03:31 PM »
I also just wanted to put a plug in for #PBPARTY. I am a cohost along with Michelle Hauck on it. We are possibly looking to do a contest in March/April. We allow 250 entries (timing for it to fill can vary from a few minutes to a few days), then we pick 25 (sometimes a few more) of our top picks to go on Michelle's blog for a nice list of agents to read and make requests. The agents are all legit, and very well respected in the kidlit world.

Be on the lookout for details to it. I'll place them on the boards, and Michelle will be tweeting about it.



This sounds incredible. I'm going to be following closely (hope to participate)! Thanks.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: #PITMAD and #PBPITCH
« Last post by justin-colon on Today at 03:30 PM »
I do PBPitch as a lark. It's interesting to go through and see what, if anything, gets a like. I got one like and one rejection. It was lovely and constructive in a vague way. (The agent had no idea what might work to solve the problem. The problem was she feels the manuscript is missing something but she can't point to what. I can't either, but maybe someday I'll know.) Here's the thing, it only takes one agent to love your work. If it's the right agent, that is. So I look at what got a like and see if I can figure out why. But I also know a pitch is not a manuscript. I still need spectacular manuscripts. And I can still make a traditional pitch to folks who don't like my twitter pitch if I want to. I hope this helps.

Thanks for the positive spin on this. And for sharing your experience. I agree. Going to give it a shot and start working on my pitches now.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: #PITMAD and #PBPITCH
« Last post by justin-colon on Today at 03:29 PM »
Hi Justin,
I'm one of the cohosts of PBPitch so I thought I would chime in.

First, I definitely agree with what Sarah and June said about it being more than just a way to catch an agent's eye. It's a great way to build your writing community and a great way to just hone your pitch!

Second, we invite legitimate agents to each event, but since it is a public event and anyone can participate, yes, there are vanity presses and "schmagents" who will stop by and favorite pitches, so do go in with your eyes wide open and be prepared to thoroughly research before you submit if you get a favorite.

And sometimes an agent will tell us they hope to stop by and then they don't. Life happens, they are busy, something came up, or frankly, they stopped by for a few minutes and nothing caught their eye. I do think with the proliferation of Twitter pitch parties the last few years, they are getting more "selective" in their favorites. And yes, possibly tired of the pitches they see over and over again as both writers and agents participate in several events.

We have had success stories from every single event where writers signed with an agent or a publisher based on their PBPitch. But of course, it's not the only way to find an agent. I found my agent through a slush pile submission, though seeing her "hearts" on our event last February helped me know what she liked.  . .

Also, the feed moves by SO fast and their are thousands of pitches. I know you said that you only saw three agents for the last event in October, but a few of us watch the feed throughout the day as, at the end of the day, we like to "thank" the agents and editors who stop by, so I do know we had at least 8 or 9 agents stop by. . . again, they may be getting more selective in their likes, but they do stop by.

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to post here. And good luck if you decide to join the party on February 22nd!

Thanks for the detailed response. Again, I'm not knocking anything you do. I'm just trying to do my research and be as informed as possible. I think what you're doing is awesome! If anything, it seems like it'll be a fun opportunity to perfect my pitches (and pitch-crafting skill). Thanks again.
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