Smatterings #6 – Less Words, More Meaning

It seems Twitter has taken the world by storm in the past two years, perhaps rocket-fueled by the unprecedented amount of presidential tweets. That’s not only good fodder for writers in general, but for comedians, lyricists, and dramatists. However, Twitter has a purpose for writers in many other ways, too. Have you ever participated in a Twitter Pitch? I have not, but I plan to engage in pitching very soon. Writing a twenty-five word pitch describing your 80,000-100,000 word novel is a lofty goal, so I’m taking an online class in hopes of learning how to succeed at it. Does that make me less of a writer? I’m not sure, but anything that teaches me how to write using less words with more meaning sounds good to me.

I can’t help but wonder  . . .  Are Twitter Pitches the new “slush pile” for publishers and agents? It’s an interesting concept. What are your thoughts?

3 thoughts on “Smatterings #6 – Less Words, More Meaning”

  1. I’ve never tried a manuscript pitch on Twitter, but I’ve gotten in the habit where I post about seven times a week. My goal was to post once a day, but sometimes I skip a day… or two.
    I don’t sense that I’m gaining a lot of sales by all my Tweeting, however. Lots of people “follow” me… but that’s apparently only so they can sell me THEIR stuff (music, programs, books, advice, whatever).

    1. Right?! I’ve found myself feeling more like a customer walking through the busy streets of an online Twitter market. However, I’ve found some great books via Twitter that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about, so some of it is good. I think it’s still evolving and I find myself being led to blogs that can teach me a lot about writing, marketing, etc. That’s really the worth I see in it. So I guess I’m always looking for an open door to a place I’d rather be. 🙂 And now that publishers, agents, editors are coming there to find an interesting storyline, I see another avenue of worth.

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