TweetPitch 2023

XpoNorth Digital TweetPitch 2023 and Pitching Workshop Announced

The eighth edition of XpoNorth Digital’s TweetPitch, held each year in association with ASLA - the Association of Scottish Literary Agents - will take place on Friday 20 January 2023.

The TweetPitch is a unique opportunity for Scotland’s writers to pitch their work to the nation’s finest literary agents and publishers.

Open to all genres of unpublished work - fiction and non-fiction adults and children, TweetPitch will be waiting for your pitch.

All you have to do is compose the perfect pitch for your work, that’s up to 280 characters - but you must include the hashtag #xponorthin your pitch, that’s the only way to make sure we see it. You can pitch more than one work, you can pitch the same work more than once with different approaches to your pitch.

Our panel of agents and publishers follow the hashtag, if they see a pitch they like and want to follow up they contact the author directly.

Literary agent Jenny Brown of ASLA said:
“The top new year resolution for many new writers will be getting attention for their writing. Although some writers prefer the traditional methods of submitting their work, our experience shows that many others enjoy the direct opportunities that social media offers to engage with agents and publishers. Constructing an enticing pitch in 280 characters is a hard task, but if you know your work inside out and really understand its core purpose and storylines, then the tweet pitch is for you. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s fast - and it works!”

XpoNorth Digital’s specialist advisor in Writing and Publishing and founder of the TweetPitch, Peter Urpeth, said:
Over the last eight years, the XpoNorth TweetPitch has become the best way for writers to kick-start their new year. Make 2023 the year that you make that move and find the right agent and/or publisher for your work”.

Twitter as a platform has undergone a change of ownership and with that a change of approach which to many of its users has been a challenge, but for Scottish writing and publishing, the first 15 years of twitter has for many been a very positive experience, a source of community, interaction and information, and we are proud of the tweet pitch’s highly positive impact and as a platform for success for so many participants, whether be writers, agents or publishers. For now, we push on and continue to share that aim and message.”

In advance of this year’s TweetPitch, we are also hosting a dedicated information session featuring three of Scotland’s leading literary agents.

Writers - How to Pitch Your Work in 2023

with Jenny Brown, Louise Lamont and Caro Clarke

Chaired by XpoNorth Digital’s specialist advisor for writing and publishing, Peter Urpeth

4pm-5.15pm, Wednesday 11th January 2023 (online)

Ahead of XpoNorth Digital’s TweetPitch on Friday 20th January 2023, three of Scotland’s leading literary agents will set the scene around the current marketplace for books, look at this year’s growing trends and offer their perspective on what publishers and readers are seeking. During this interactive session the agents will tell us what they are individually looking for and offer key insights on what works and what doesn’t work when making a pitch in 2023.

Register Free:

Louise Lamont

Glaswegian by birth, Louise has been working in literary agencies since 2006. She joined LBA Books in 2013, and now has a list of award-winning authors and illustrators across both the adult and children’s markets.

Caro Clarke

Caro Clark is a literary agent with over twelve years' experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Jenny Brown
Jenny Brown established Jenny Brown Associates in 2002. She was previously Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, presenter of book programmes for Scottish Television, and founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (of which she is now a Board member). She is also a former Committee member of the Association of Authors’ Agents and was shortlisted in 2014 and 2020 for the Agent of the Year Award. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2021.

About XpoNorth Digital

XpoNorth Digital is HIE’s mechanism for specialist digital support for the creative economy across the Highlands and Islands. It is part of the Northern Innovation Hub, a project funded through the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal and is designed and delivered by Ironworks Venue. The Inverness and Highland City Region deal is a joint initiative supported by up to £315m of investment from the UK and Scottish Governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, and is aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.

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