Monday, January 15, 2018

#IWSGPit - January 18 & Success Story and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime Cover Reveal

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s Twitter Pitch Party - #IWSGPit is this Thursday, January 18, from 8:00 - 8:00 pm EST.

Are Twitter pitch parties worth it? Do publishers and agents sign writers who participate?

Last July, during the first #IWSGPit, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. hearted numerous pitches. Out of about nine queries, we requested a couple partials and one full. In the end, we found one delightful middle grade story and signed that author last fall.

Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China by Sherry Ellis is now scheduled for release on September 4, 2018.

So the answer is yes! There are success stories. And your manuscript could be one of them.

The rules:

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 18, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.

Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.

#C - children’s
#MG - middle grade
#YA - young adult
#NA - new adult
#A - adult
#AD - adventure
#CF - Christian fiction
#CO - contemporary
#F - fantasy
#H - horror
#HI - historical
#LF - literary fiction
#MCT - mystery/crime/thriller
#ME - memoir
#NF - non-fiction
#PB - picture book
#PN - paranormal
#R - romance
#SF - sci-fi
#WF - women's fiction

And now the cover reveal and announcement for the next IWSG anthology:

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Release date - May 1, 2018
Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective/Crime/Thrillers
Print ISBN 9781939844545
EBook ISBN 9781939844552

Will you be participating in #IWSGPit or picking up Tick Tock?


  1. Congrats to Sherry. Twitter pitches sure can't hurt, you just never know what may occur. Great cover indeed.

  2. Great cover (and story behind it!)

    Good luck to the Twitter pitchers!

  3. That's an awesome story about Sherry and her book.
    The cover rocks!

  4. Love the cover! Can't wait to read the story that inspired it along with the other stories in the anthology.

    All the best to the folks participating in the Twitter pitch party.

  5. Love the cover. Congrats to al the authors.

  6. Hoping the pitch event doubles its reception, and perhaps more! Cool cover, something's amiss in the candy store. :)

  7. That is such a fun cover for Tick Tick!

  8. The Twitter Pitch sounds exciting! I'll check it out, but I don't have anything ready. Maybe next year.

    I love the Tick Tock cover! The illustrator chose the right scene, because it's where the mystery really begins! So glad to see it will be in print as well.

  9. Chrys, I thought you meant I'd made the typo - LOL! Heart stopped there for a moment.

    Gwen, after he read your story, that's exactly what scene he wanted to do. I'm just so pleased you are happy with it.

  10. So glad Sherry's book came out of the Twitter pitch. Love the title. Good luck to everyone on Thursday!

  11. Lots of exciting things happening in the new year! Congrats to the authors in the anthology. Hope the new year is treating you well, Diane.

  12. Great week for IWSG! So much going on and all very exciting.

  13. How fun! I wish I had something to pitch. Congrats to everyone for the anthology :)

  14. Great cover for Tick Tock! Can't wait to read all the stories!

  15. Congrats to Shari and all of the Tick Tock authors!

  16. Thanks for the info, Diane. I'm considering joining the party.

  17. Yay for Sherry - that's so exciting!
    Love the cover - and it sure makes we want to read Gwen's story!!

  18. I will be picking up Tick Tock. Great cover. Wish I had something ready to pitch. Maybe the next one.

  19. I love the cover! And I'm adding my congratulations to Sherry!

    One day soon, at least that's what I keep telling myself, I'll be so well organized I'll be able to participate in a twitter pitch, etc. Sounds like a wonderful challenge!

  20. A good post Diane, congrats to Sherry.
    Have a good week.


  21. What a cool cover! I love the details in it!

  22. Nice cover. So much activity for the group. Congratulations!

  23. Good luck to all the Twitter Pitchers. (Is that a word?) And the anthology cover is great. Looking forward to reading it.

  24. An awesome cover!

    I did the pitch last year, but wasn't as ready as I thought. Participating this year will all depend on if I get 'er up to snuff in the short time left. ;)

  25. I've never heard of a Twitter pitch! What a fascinating concept!

  26. Twitter pitch parties are great. I found my last publisher on #pitmad. Good luck to all who participate. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  27. Hi Diane,

    That's an awesome cover reveal! Yes, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar shall be doing her utmost to be involved in the Twitter Pitch Party. I wont mention to her that it starts five hours behind our time in the UK.

    Thank you, Diane.

    Penny's human dad

    Gary 😀

  28. That's today! Good luck to everyone!

    What a great cover for the anthology and good luck to Sherry!

    Have a beachy week!

  29. Congrats to Sherry! I'm cheering everyone on today. :)

  30. Congrats to Sherry on Bubba! Very exciting.
    How's your weather? The roads aren't the best here.

  31. Thank you so much for rooting me on yesterday with your lovely comments about my manuscript! It was a long day, but I appreciate all the hard work that went into setting up the event. Looking forward to reading the next IWSG anthology, and I love the cover.

  32. I'm fascinated by the grown ups standing around while the YA kicks about on the floor. Questions: Is this a Candy store or some club fetish party to rock the night away?

  33. Wait until all of you see the cover for Sherry's book. And the back cover for Tick Tock!

  34. I'm so excited about the release of Bubba and Squirt! Thanks for announcing it. My calendar is marked.

    Love the cover for the new anthology! It looks great!

  35. Delighted to hear about Sherry's success. #IWSGPit is definitely worth it.

    The cover looks fantastic!

  36. That's a fascinating cover. Conjures up all sorts of questions. Thanks for sharing, Diane.

  37. My comment vanished. Just wanted to add that this is a great cover reveal. Leaves me with lots of questions.

  38. Fun cover! One of these years I need to get a submission in for the IWSG anthos.

  39. Best of luck to everyone taking part!

  40. l think twitter parties are great! Nice exposure for all involved.

  41. I'm so happy to hear that the Twitter pitch was a success! Hopefully, I'll have something pitch-worthy come July. Congrats to Sherry and her charming sounding middle grade book!

    Congrats on another fabulous cover reveal! I look forward to reading these anthology stories!

    Have a wonderful week,

  42. Hope your day has been productive and your evening pleasant.

  43. I participated and got two favorites. Yay! Thanks to IWSG and everyone who worked to set it up. Sending my submission tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

  44. Sounds like the Twitter Pitch event was a great success again this year. Congrats to all who participated.