Basically it involved getting on Twitter with some agents who had agreed to participate, and then trying to pitch your book in a message short enough to fit in a tweet. Challenging, eh? ESPECIALLY for someone as wordy as me!
I decided to take the challenge and came up with seven short little tag lines to describe Finding Mulligan. Then I asked my pals on Facebook to vote on them and used the pitch they liked the best. Here were my choices:
- If your two personalities are in love with different guys, does that count as two-timing?
- Falling in love with the guy of your dreams? Awesome. Finding out he lives in your head? Not so awesome.
- Dream guys are the best. Until you wake up. [I don’t like this one because it’s too vague.]
- The world’s strangest love triangle begins when Cassie’s other self meddles in her romantic life. And then it starts to get weird.
- Can’t a gal and her other self have a good old-fashioned reality-crossing romance anymore?
- Love triangle, shmuv triangle. With three guys in two universes chasing one girl with two personalities, this is at LEAST a love pentagon.
- Cassie’s other personality shares her life, her dreams, and all her memories. You’d think she’d be willing to share her boyfriend too, but noooo.
Pitch #1 was elected as the best, so I used it during the pitch party. And got no attention. Boo.
Then I re-read the rules and they’d updated them. Turned out that since the agents would be drifting in and out of the feed all day, we could not only tweet our pitch more than once, but change it if we wanted.
I tried a few times, modified a couple of them and tweeted, but nobody nibbled.
Until finally I was feeling contrary and tweeted #5, the one nobody liked except my friend Joy. Immediately one of the agents asked me to send her a 40-page partial.
So that worked out well for me.