Querying can be a scary adventure to step in to. Taking something you put your heart and soul in to, and share it with the world. Even when you feel like you're ready, you might second guess yourself and that is totally normal.
If you aren't sure if you're ready to start the querying spreadsheets and rejection fears, try Twitter pitch parties. There are plenty available depending on your genre, and once you get the hang of it, they are a blast to take part in.
The general premise of these events is to pitch your story to industry editors and agents in a 280 character blurb. This forces you to get to the point, clear out the extras, and show your talent.
These events are open to COMPLETE, POLISHED and QUERY READY manuscripts. If you haven't finished your book, or haven't sent it through at least 2 rounds of beta and critique partners, I don't recommend jumping into the pitch party pool just yet. They allow you to get in front of agents, but those agents will want to see your best work possible. So make it shine before you pitch!
Things to remember during these events is that 'likes' are for industry peeps online. Editors and agents. Please DO NOT like a pitch unless you are an industry pro. If you want to show support to other pitchers, RT your favs to help them gain traction and attention. But be prepared for some people, such as your own followers and readers, to not know the rules and like your pitches. You will get a little flutter of excitement and hope, then sigh when you find it isn't from a pro. It is all part of the experience!
Here are a few pitch events to consider if you're ready! Check out their websites for more info, or their hashtags on Twitter to peruse some polished pitches.
Launched by author Brenda Drake, happens four times a year and is one of (if not THE) biggest online pitch event on Twitter
Launched by agent Beth Phelan, this event is for diverse authors to showcase their talent.
For science fiction and fantasy manuscripts only.
Romance manuscripts only, pitched on February 14th (Valentines Day)
Horror, Thriller, 'dark' manuscripts only.
Pitch event hosted by agency Curtis Brown, directly to them only. All manuscripts welcome.
Other events you may consider include #pitchwars, #revpit and more, where agented and published authors pair with new writers to polish their manuscripts over several months in preparation for the 'agent round'. Great experience from people who have been through it!
SavvyAuthors blog also features pitch events through the year on their website, where you can pitch directly to select agents and editors in a 3 sentence pitch.
Pass or Pages by Operation Awesome lets you pitch to agents and editors, and they will either ask for pages or pass on the pitch.