Thanks to author and WriterPitch.com creator Samantha Fountain for this guest post — looks like a VERY fun site for writers and agents (and sneak peeks for readers, too!)
There’s not another industry that has a community that takes care of each other the way writers do. Everywhere you turn there’s a helping hand extended. I want to be one of those helping hands. WriterPitch.com was built on the belief that we’re all in this together and writers and agents alike are looking for their “Perfect Match.”
I ran a blog event on February 10th that connected agents to writers, so spawned the idea of WriterPitch. This is a website where writers will have the ability to have their pitch/pitches read by literary agents. If an agent likes their pitch they can read the first 250 pages of the manuscript, which is only viewable by an agent. With the click of a button an agent can request their manuscript and instantly an email will be sent to the writer as well as a notice to their homepage.
Here are several of the useful tools for both writers and agents!
Benefits for Writers
On a writer’s homepage there will be a list of their pitch/pitches, the ability to create blog entries and personal tidbit questions WriterPitch will be sending them. They don’t have to answer the questions, they’re simply to get to know each other better.
On the writer’s public profile will be their information as a writer with links to all their social and business websites, questions they have answered, blogs they have posted as well as a list of their pitch/pitches.
On the homepage of WriterPitch will be the writers whose pitches are shared the most via social media. These pitches will be showcased for one day, the homepage switches at noon. If a writer has had their pitch featured on the homepage they can make it there again by simply posting a blog entry about writing. This enables their pitch to be released back into the pool for possible showcasing once again.
Writers will also be able to search for agents by the Agent Craving, this is what the agent is dying to see in their inbox, this way if they can find an agent that might have the right appetite for their manuscript.
Writer and agents don’t have to ever be on at a specific time. They can log in and out whenever they want.
Once a writer signs with an agent a banner goes over their profile congratulating them and the agent and letting it be known, they’re off the market 😉
Benefits for Agents
Agents will have the ability to search through pitches by specific genres. If they like a pitch the first 250 pages of the manuscript will be available for them to read. With the click of a button a request of further materials will be sent to any pitch they want more of, this request letter will be completely customized by the agent as a field in their personal profile.
Agents will also have a button that flags a pitch as read and not interested, so that if they come across it again they won’t spend the time reading it.
On the agent’s homepage there will be a list of the pitches they’ve requested, only viewable by them. WriterPitch will be sending agents personal tidbit questions that will be waiting for them to answer. They don’t have to reply to the questions, they’re simply to get to know each other better. This is also where agents can update, as little or as often as they like, their Agent Craving list. This is a list of what they want to see in their inbox and will be continually updated by date on their public profile. This enables a writer to see what they’re looking for a month ago verses last week.
On an agent’s public profile will be their information as an agent with links to all their social and business websites along with their Agent Craving list. Agents have the option to include their contact information to enable writers to query them. On the homepage of WriterPitch will be the agents whose profiles are shared the most via social media.
Learn more about Samantha Fountain at http://sfountain.com/