I don't have a twitter account or know anything about it but after reading the success stories, I might make one and join in on this. Is there a website detailing this, with instructions etc.?
I guess I would use the hook of my query:
When detective Gregg Hunter's daughter is kidnapped, he has no choice but to take on a murder investigation commissioned by the very organisation that took her.
How is that?
Thrash, yours sounds very interesting . Bill, I really like your second one, but your first is a little bit of an overload for me, though I get your novel must be very exciting and action packed and you're trying to show all that off.
I'm really happy to see you're willing to jump in. I did not have a twitter account until two months ago and there's a lot to learn, but it's really easy.
Create an account but don't make my mistake, just use some version of your name. That way, five years from now, fans can find you. Write a profile, it's very short, and put in some sort of picture, This is very easy stuff and not mandatory yet, but it helps.
Follow me. Just look up TheLastBrigade and click the follow button. That way, you can read what I tweet to get an idea of what you should tweet. Do NOT tweet book promotions, that will just look like spam to most folks. Follow a lady named Brenda Drake, she is plugged into these contests. Then follow a bunch of agents. That should be a good start.
Okay, the hashtag is the key here. Think of a hashtag is a bulletin board. When you search for a hashtag, such as #amwriting, you will get a board where are tweets with that hashtag are posted. So once you're created your account, search for hashtag #pitmatch and read the tweets there. That's where your tweet Thursday will go.
There is no right or wrong in writing a pitch, so look at this as part of your education. If you publish your book, you need to know about twitter. This is kind of the center of the universe for readers/writers/agents/publishers, from what I can tell. It's pretty amazing, and you can learn a LOT there.
On Thursday, pay attention to the pitches, you'll figure out pretty soon which are good and which aren't. But this is NOT the place to cram in everything about your book. This is a three second elevator pitch, to grab their attention. There LOTS of articles out there via google to give advice on writing one, but remember, if this doesn't work there will be more events in the future, of all kinds.
This next part is not bragging, it's just to show the potential importance. At the one last week 43 publishers were monitoring the thread. I received requests from 4 of them, fully 10% of those watching. It can make all the difference if you do this right.
Best of luck, and I will help you any way that I can, but I'm like you, an unpublished novelist looking for a deal, so if an expert tells you something different than I am, listen to them.
Remember, you have 140 characters for your pitch. There are lots of thoughts on how to do it, but also plenty of places to give you advice.