I've just sent my novel off to my second round of beta and sensitivity readers after revising and adding about 10,000 words (I'm an underwriter, so my first round of betas always ask for more).
My goal was to get feedback from my second round before the Twitter pitch contest DVPit in mid-October. But after sending off the manuscript this weekend, about 75% of my betas wrote back to say sorry, bad timing, they're swamped with work/school/life/health issues. All the reasons are perfectly legitimate, but leave me with a decision to make:
Do I let the contest pass or do I pitch anyway?
Or, worded another way: is it better to pitch a hair too early or potentially miss out on an opportunity?
As I understand it, there are agents who participate in the contest who are not open to general queries, so referrals (which I don't have) or contests are the only way to reach them. I also like the idea of querying someone already knowing my concept intrigues them. And I *think* it's okay to send a few weeks after a contest request, so I'd still have time to get feedback and make edits or even grind to a halt if there's a big issue I've overlooked.
But I also don't want to shoot myself in the foot by being over-eager. I also worry about an agent getting excited about my pitch and then being irritated when the query doesn't arrive right away.
I'm sure I'm overthinking this, but would love any insights you might want to share.
I'm new to the Twitter pitching scene. I'm participating for the first time on 10/25/18 for #PitDark.
My understanding is that agents are expecting manuscripts to be ready, ready, ready.
I certainly am.
The beauty of this new querying avenue is that it's quick. You tweet, I fave, you send, I read.
My expectation is these ms are NOT going in to the general pile to be read when I get to it. (When I get to it is disgustingly late right now. I'm well and truly mortified.)
I've also set aside time to read stuff on that day (10/25) and I'm NOT going to read anything instantly if it comes in later. Which is not to say I won't read it, and certainly does not mean I'm going to discard it. I'm always looking for good stuff.
Which is exactly the problem: is your material ready to pitch NOW? It sounds like you're still polishing. If (heaven forfend) your betas come back with "hey, this whole scene needs to go" you're not "almost ready." You're not ready at all.
The good news? This isn't your only chance. These #ptichthings come around twice a year I think, maybe more often.
You get one chance to show me how terrific you are. Don't let impatience make you jump the gun.