THE CARINA PRESS EDITORIAL TEAM WILL BE HOLDING OUR ANNUAL PITCH EVENT ON TWITTER VIA THE #CARINAPITCH HASHTAG ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7TH, FROM 9AM EASTERN TO 9PM EASTERN.
#CarinaPitch is the one time of year we offer an opportunity for authors to submit their work and get both an expedited response and feedback. We’ve had tremendous response to this, have acquired authors thanks to their pitches and, we hope, have aided a few authors along the way with some of the feedback we’ve offered.
Not only is #carinapitch popular with authors and those following along just for fun, it has been successful for us as well. Since the first #carinapitch four years ago, we’ve found nearly forty manuscripts that we’ve either requested revisions on or signed for publication—an amazing result! Our ultimate goal is always to find new authors to acquire, not new authors to reject. We’re thrilled to be jumping back in for 2017.
PLEASE READ ON FOR DETAILS ABOUT HOW THE EVENT WILL WORK.
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Carina Press editors will be monitoring the #carinapitch hashtag for book pitches from authors.
**Please note that we ask authors not to expect paragraphs of critique, but specific feedback will be offered, noting what the editor sees as not working or needing attention.
**We also would like to emphasize that the nature of this business is subjective, so the editor may provide feedback the author may not agree with. We’re offering insight into why the book doesn’t work for us (should we choose to pass on it, rather than acquiring, which is certainly a possibility!), not providing detailed instructions on how to “fix” any issues we see.
ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE:
1) You must have a complete, ready-to-send manuscript that falls within the commercial fiction genres that we publish. (Please view our submissions guidelines here.)
2) You must be prepared to send your manuscript within 4 days of the #carinapitch session. Any manuscripts sent after midnight on Sunday, June 11th will still be fairly reviewed by editorial staff but won’t be eligible for the feedback/accelerated response time.
3) The manuscript you’re pitching must be new material, not previously published material, whether self-published or released via a publisher. Only new material will be considered during this event.
4) The manuscript cannot be one that has previously received a pass letter from Carina Press.
5) You may pitch more than one project.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1) Wait until June 7th from 9am Eastern to 9pm Eastern, which is when the editors will be monitoring the hashtag.
2) Craft your compelling book pitch into one (no more than two) tweets. Indicate if it’s more than one tweet by using 1/2 and 2/2 so we can piece them together.
3) Post them to Twitter from your public account using the #carinapitch hashtag (the only way we’ll know they’re for us!)
*If your Twitter account is locked/private, we will be unable to see your posts on the hashtag or any @ replies you direct to us. Tweets from private accounts are ONLY viewable to those friends with the account. Your account must be public to participate.
4) Please do not post pitches for one book more than twice during the #carinapitch event. Even if you’re changing your pitch, please pitch the same book no more than twice during the day. Don’t worry, we’re reading every single pitch, so as long as you post it once, we’ll see it! Twice gives you the opportunity to change things up.
5) Watch for a reply/like/favorite from a Carina Press editor.
6) If an editor lets you know that they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is NOT currently on submission with us:
If an editor lets you know they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is already in our queue:
NOTES ABOUT #CARINAPITCH
ONE LAST (VERY IMPORTANT) NOTE:
If your pitch isn’t selected by an editor, that doesn’t mean your project isn’t right for us. In the end, it’s the story that will get us to acquire the book, not the pitch, so if you’ve written something we publish, please still submit it to us. We’re always open to submissions, from agented or unagented authors.
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