XpoNorth’s Writers’ Tweet pitch is back!

After the astonishing success of the last four years, XpoNorth’s Writers’ Tweet Pitch is back!

On Friday 10th January 2020 (9am-9pm) writers from across Scotland can tweet pitch their work to a panel of Scotland’s literary agents and publishers.

Twitter channels will be open to pitches of unpublished fiction, nonfiction and writing and illustration for children from writers living and working in Scotland.

Their projects can be complete – or may still be in development.

The panel of eager literary agents and publishers will read writers’ tweet pitches as they come in, and if they like what they read they’ll make contact with the pitching writer directly - to find out more with a view to potential representation or publishing.

In January 2019, XpoNorth’s pitch received more than 2,500 tweets pitching hundreds of unpublished books, and as a consequence many writers started the New Year with the keen attention of an agent and publisher!

Tweets are a maximum length of 280 characters, and this year pitching writers use just one hashtag: #xponorth

The Tweet Pitch is produced by XpoNorth and the Association of Scottish Literary Agents.

Jenny Brown, Co-Chair of the Association of Scottish Literary Agents said:

There is no better way for a writer to start the new year than to pitch their work, to begin the year as they mean to go on and to make 2020 the year in which their writing gets attention. Although some writers prefer the traditional, slower methods of submitting their work to agents or publishers for consideration, many others prefer the direct opportunities that social media offers to engage with agents and publishers. Constructing a 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!

Peter Urpeth, XpoNorth’s publishing sector advisor said:

XpoNorth’s annual tweet pitch has become firmly established in Scotland’s publishing calendar as a key pathway for writers to get their work noticed. The event is a continuing sign of XpoNorth’s commitment and innovation in supporting writers and publishers. The platform is accessible, free, and enables writers wherever they are based in Scotland to participate in a professional pitch with the full potential of securing a publisher or an agent for their work.

For more info: Jenny Brown 0131 229 5334 or jenny@jennybrownassociates.com


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