#KidLitPit - What Is It All About?

After a search of Twitter, we couldn't find a children's fiction pitch event since 2018. Because children's literature is inspiring our future world leaders, scientists, teachers, accountants, our future everythings, we know how important children's literature is to the world. Our stories are shaping the future.  To that end, we decided to launch our own Kid Lit pitch event on Twitter to showcase those amazing stories for agents and publishers.  If an agent or publisher likes 💓 your pitch it means they would like to hear more from you. Check out their submission guidelines or their Twitter profile to find out more.  Check out our pitch guidelines and pitch tips.  Best of luck to everyone taking part. 

The Rules

We don't have a lot of rules for KidLitPit. We want to create an inclusive, welcoming and friendly pitch event where everyone feels they have had the opportunity to pitch to agents and publishers.  Rule 1: Be respectful. If you're not keen on someone's pitch, feel free not to comment on it.  Rule 2: 3 pitches total per author. You can pitch multiple books, you can use mood boards and graphics but three pitches only.  Rule 3: If you're an agent please like a post. This will let the author know you would like to hear more from them.  Rule 4: If you're not an agent, please only comment or retweet on posts. Everyone gets so excited to have a 'like' only to find out it's someone kind being supportive and not an agent like after all.  Rule 5: Please only pitch query ready manuscripts. Make the most of the opportunity by being able to query as soon as the pitch event is over.  See below the rules graphic. 

When is #KidLitPit?

 We’ve had a lot of questions around when #KidLitPit starts. We wanted to clear up the confusion so we’ve created this handy picture.  #KidLitPit lasts a full 24 hours to allow everyone from each time zone to take part. We want to celebrate as many KidLit authors as we can and get your story out there as much as possible.  Remember only to pitch books that are query ready. 

Amazing Pitch Tips!

Pitch Wars was an amazing pitching/mentor event that lasted for 10 years. So many writers and authors found homes for their books through this event. It's still the place I head to for pitch tips.  That's why I'm sharing them with you!  You can follow this link to check out the original post on Pitch Wars . I would certainly advise you to do so - I'm going to.  However, in a nutshell, here are some of the valuable tips they've gathered over their 10 fantastic years.  The Take Action Pitch [Protagonist]  in  [a situation]  must  [take action]  to solve  [the problem] . For example: Suddenly discovering he's a wizard , Harry Potter must secure the magical, life preserving philosopher's stone to prevent the return of the evil wizard, Voldermort .  The When Pitch When  [protagonist]  discovers/learns/other similar word  [catalyst] , he/she must  [overcome x]  before a deadline or ticking clock, or else  [stakes] . When Harry Potter learns he's a wizard