Follow authors, agents, editors, and publishers. Then pay attention to what they tweet!
Participate in Twitter "pitch parties": You'll have to pitch your book in 140 characters or less! If you get a favorite from a participating agent/publisher, that means that they want you to query them and they'll read your submission ahead of their regular slush pile.
#AdPit - TBD: agents/publishers looking for Adult and NA books
#SwoonPitch - TBD
#SexySubSat - TBD
#FridayFrenzy - TBD
#PitMad (quarterly) - September 9, December 4, March 11 (2015) and June 4 (2015): Twitter Pitch Party 8AM – 8PM EDT aka Pitch Madness includes almost all ages/genres of books. http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitmad/
#LV14 - April 4: YA and NA http://nestpitch.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/post-it-forward/
#NLpitchperfect May 23: YA, NA and Adult in all genres hosted by New Leaf Literary Agency http://newleafliterary.tumblr.com/post/86607277484/new-leaf-twitter-pitch-contest-today
#SFFPit June 11: Fantasy and Sci-Fi only, in all age groups http://dankoboldt.com/sffpit/
#PitchMas - July (cancelled for 2014) and December TBD http://pitchmas.blogspot.com/
Use #PitchPractice to get advice on your Twitter pitches. Duh.
Other useful hashtags to keep an eye out for: #querytip #YAlitchat #askanagent #tenqueries #mswl (my submission wish list - from agents on what type of stories they'd be excited to read)
Read one author's success story using a Twitter pitch contest to get an agent and a publishing deal! http://diana-urban.com/how-pitmad-helped-me-get-a-literary-agent-and-tips-for-the-next-one
Twitter Pitch Tips
A formula to usually follow for Twitter pitches: WHO is doing WHAT and WHY? Occasionally WHEN and WHERE make it in, but use your 140 chars well!
A successful #pitmad pitch used comparable title, but pick ones you know relate to your book.
Try to highlight what makes your story stand apart from the rest.
Some pitch contests require you to tag your pitch with a genre, ie. #YA #NA #Adult #Rom #Para etc.
Even if an agent, editor, or publisher favorites your tweet, you are not obligated to query them unless you think that they may be potentially be right for you/your book.
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I follow a lot of agents and publishers on Twitter, I read a lot of articles about publishing, and I keep an eye out for information related to all aspects of becoming a successful author. This resource will be a collection of links and general info...