PBPitch June 2021

I’m not sure how PBPitch (Picture Book Pitch) managed to sneek up on me. I thought had seen something about a Twitter event in mid-June but when I checked the various lists . . . nada. Then yesterday I saw an announcement. PBPitch is today.

Fortunately, I have three picture books polished and ready to submit. AND I saved my pitches from the last event. Since they didn’t work last time, I didn’t want to use the same pitches but they gave me a starting point to create something better. And isn’t that what writing is all about – rewriting and improving on our work.

For those of you who don’t know PBPitch, it stands for Picture Book Pitch. The event is organized and operated by Debra Kempt Shumaker, PJ McIlvaine, Mette Engell, and Mandy Yates.  During this daylong opportunity, you can pitch your picture book on Twitter. Agents and editors sign in and review the pitches throughout the day. If they are interested, they will like your pitch. That’s the signal that you are invited to query or submit – they will post their individual preferences early in the day.

You can pitch more than one manuscript as long as each is polished and ready to submit. Organizers ask that you only pitch each manuscript twice – once in the morning (before 2 pm) and once in the afternoon (after 2 pm). And you need to use two slightly different pitches.

This used to bother me. I had to write not one, but two attention catching pitches. But then I realized that if the first didn’t grab the agent’s attention, I didn’t really want to use it again. Better to go with something slightly different that might yield a different outcome.

As you craft your pitch, remember that it is going to be only 280 characters long. That is, after all, the character limit on a single tweet. But this limit also includes your tags and you definitely want to include your tags. Here are some of the most common, starting with the most essential.

#PBPitch (To signals that your tweet is part of the event).
#NF = Nonfiction
#C= Concept
#L= Lyrical
#I= Interactive
#BVM (Black Voices Matter to be used by black creators)
#POC (Person of Color)
#OWN (Own Voices)
#DIS (Disability subject matter)

#NF = Nonfiction
#C= Concept
#L= Lyrical
#I= Interactive
#OWN (Own Voices)

For more information, check out the PBPitch web site. And good luck!

–SueBE