Summer Sizzlers #PitchToDA

June 2024

Calling all adult fiction writers! We’re thrilled to be back this July with our Summer Sizzler Pitch event!

This July be live on X (formerly known as Twitter) from 9AM-9PM BST on Wednesday 24th July and would love to invite you all to be part of the day.

It could be…

An addictive book club story we can’t stop talking about 🗣️

A compelling crime you crack open and can’t stop🕵️‍♂️

A holiday romance/romantasy to make our hearts soar 💕

A thriller you read in one sunbathing sesh 🤯

Orrrr something that’s a little summer spicy! 🌶️

As a commercial Literary Agency, we want books that are accessible and appeal to the mass market. Titles that are clutched by jetsetters and tucked into beach bags, we’re looking for books and authors across crime, thriller, suspense, horror, romance, book club and fantasy to get us excited this summer!

Whatever it is, if it’s got the characters, setting, romance, pace, mystery, crime and excitement to get readers talking, we want to hear from you. Here’s everything you need to know:

How does it work?

Set your alarm this July! From 9AM-9PM GMT on Wednesday 24th July, tweet a pitch for your novel using the #PitchtoDA hashtag. If you would like to include mood boards, please do, we’d love to see them. If we would like to read your first three chapters, we will “like” your tweet.

If we “like” your pitch, please send us your pitch, along with the first three chapters and a synopsis via email to hello@darleyanderson.com and use “#PITCHTODA” in the subject line of your email. 

FAQs

Who can submit, and what can they submit?

We would like to read a pitch from any writer working on a novel for adults who has a finished novel and a synopsis ready to submit. We will consider submissions at an early draft stage, but cannot consider unfinished manuscripts on this occasion. Please note this competition is only open to adult fiction authors. We are also not looking for YA submissions. 

The prize

We will be choosing our single favourite pitch of the day. We will request the full manuscript from the winning pitch and offer a Zoom consultation with a member of the Darley Anderson team to the winner. We’ll contact the winner of the pitch party, so please make sure you are accepting DMs if you’d like to be contacted.

What are we looking for?

Some of the best books can be summed up in a single line. This is what we often work on ourselves when we pitch our authors’ work to Editors! Here at Darley Anderson, we specialise in commercial, page-turning, conversation-starting fiction.

We want to be immediately grabbed by your concept and desperate to find out more. Draw us into your plot, your characters or setting with a hook we haven’t read before. You can look at our website to give you an idea of the authors and books we love and represent.

About You

If we like your pitch, be sure to let us know a bit about you and your writing ambitions. We will be hosting a comprehensive cover letter breakdown on instagram live on Wednesday 3rd July 1pm BST, so be sure to join us then @darleyanderson_agency.

Do also be sure to include any social media accounts that you run that promote your writing and work.

Do I have to have a completed manuscript to enter?

Yes, please have a fully complete manuscript before entering the pitch contest.

Can I pitch multiple novels or novellas or short stories?

No, please only pitch the novel you believe to be your strongest concept that you are most keen to see published. We are not looking for novellas, short stories, or YA submissions at this time.

Can I participate if I don’t live in the UK?

Absolutely! We’re open to receiving submissions from anywhere in the world. We just ask that the manuscript is written in English.

What should I do if you don’t “like” my pitch?

Please don’t be disheartened. This is a very subjective business and some books pitch better than others so it might be that your work isn’t quite right for us at this time.

Can I pitch a book I have already submitted to the Agency?

If you have previously submitted your work to the Agency please do add this information to your covering letter if we like your pitch. If you have submitted, but we haven’t had a chance to read it yet, please do also add that so we aren’t reading submissions twice.

Can I re-submit a pitch from a previous competition?

If we “liked” your pitch last competition then we ask you not to re-submit the same one. If you have a new novel that you’re working on then we would be happy to read a new pitch.

If you didn’t get a “like” last time and have reworked your pitch then please do feel free to re-pitch it.

If my book was previously published (or self-published), can I pitch it?

We will consider work that has been previously self-published, but cannot consider any work published by a publishing company in any capacity.

What if I can’t be on X/Twitter on that day?

We advise you to schedule your tweet so that we can view it within the time frame on Wednesday 24th July.

When will I hear back about my submission?

We aim to respond to submissions from your “liked” tweets within two weeks, but please do bear with us. Any updates will be made via X/Twitter.