Pitch, Bitch! is an exhortation and a resource. We wanna close the "confidence gap" and the gender disparity in pitching and getting published. Here you will find advice, enthusiasms and conversations about being a female writer. Non-binary and genderqueer writers welcome too!
Female writers: go forth heartened and equipped and encouraged.
The first Wednesday of every month is #pitchbitch day. Use it to work on a pitch, research a pitch, or send a pitch.
Um so it turns out I suck and FORGOT ABOUT PITCH BITCH DAY THIS MONTH. So I have deemed that TODAY will be the day: at some point in your day, think about a pitch, research a pitch, or send a pitch!
Right now I have a very modest proposal. I’d like to write something about Elizabeth Hardwick—maybe for the website?—and the allure of the shadowy, longsuffering, yet still quietly influential figure. I think Hardwick played this role very well: as a Southerner in the north (first hated Boston, than her adopted hometown, New York), as the least known of a trio of female voices—the others of course being the much-brasher Sontag and Mary McCarthy—and as the longsuffering wife of Robert Lowell, whose illness had him throwing her over again and again for other women.
Yet Hardwick’s work was tough in unexpected places. Her criticism often identified with mad or tortured women, Dorothy Wordswoth, Charlotte Bronte, Richardson’s Pamela, Zelda Fitzgerald—rather than the madmen and the women who loved them. Her decision to tackle Melville, the important nineteenth century writer of her time, was both brave and triumphant. And for someone who shunned the spotlight—I think of Hardwick as a George Harrison figure, with Susan and Mary and Lillian making all the real noise—she has made an impact. It is in a style more subtle, more sensual, even, and one that took longer to develop than her contemporaries. But it was deeply private, and unmistakably hers—seductive, to borrow a term she understood in terms of literature better than any critic writing today. Her loss is a real one, and from a place that may no longer exist: the writer who understands her text as history, as family, and as life.
We’re back! Sorry about the radio silence. But we have something really good for you today: a successful pitch for the Popular Science Ladybits blog, from generous writer Erin Blakemore. Erin sent along this pitch, which resulted in the article “Massive Slick Of Anchovy Shoal Up For A Day At The Beach”.
Subject: Pitch: Yes, This Is A Story About Anchovy
A bit about me: I’m a Colorado Book-Award winning author and freelance writer with credits in NPR’s This I Believe, B*tch, The Onion, Boulder Weekly, Smith College Alumnae Quarterly, and more. I’d love to pass along clips or more information…just let me know.
Yaaaaaaaassssss it’s pitchbitch day! Work on a pitch, discuss a pitch, research a pitch, email a pitch TODAY! Tell us about it using the #pitchbitch hashtag. Godspeed ye female writers!