So you’ve heard about a little thing called #PitchJam this weekend. Here’s all the questions we get answered for you.
WHAT IS #PITCHJAM?
#PitchJam is your chance to get a games media pitch critiqued by industry experts.
These experts give up their time to help out in this event to give meaningful feedback to writers in the one area they are unlikely to ever receive feedback in their writing career.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
During the pitching window–which will be announced and opened on Friday, lasting only 24 hours–you email the designated address with your pitch in the body of an email. Then you wait for feedback to roll in from our experts.
WHAT DOES THIS COST?
Hundreds of hours of work. For you? Nothing.
This is a free event. Organizationally all the work is donated by goodgameswriting.com while the expert panelists volunteer their time.
ARE THESE EXPERTS ANY GOOD?
Yup. Here’s a certainly incomplete list of outlets their work has appeared on: Polygon, Paste, PC Gamer, IGN, GamesRadar, The Escapist, SyFy, Ars Technica, TechRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, ESPN, WIRED, Redbull Esports, Game Informer, PCGamesN, NBC News, Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, Twinfinite, GamesTM, Mashable, GamesDaily.biz, Nerdist, Waypoint, and others.
ARE THERE LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS?
There is a sizable list of things we’re required to say here…
#PitchJam is NOT a solicitation of work and receipt of feedback is NOT a commission or offer of work from the expert panelist.
As well, it’s worth being aware that our panel consists of some of the best and brightest in games media and they often work for the largest publications in the world. This may mean that shortly after the event you see an article somewhat like your pitch at the publication one of these experts works at. We promise: They didn’t steal it.
You retain all intellectual property rights to your pitch as submitted to the event.
You waive all rights to damages or other claims levied against GoodGamesWriting, its team, its expert panelists, and related agencies that (for some reason) may occur as a result of the event. In all the years of doing this, nothing has gone wrong enough to warrant this disclaimer but our legal folks say we still needed to include it.
We make no promises or guarantees about your potential ability to sell your pitch as a result of this event. No warranty or guarantees are implied.
WHAT THE HECK IS GOODGAMESWRITING? WHY WOULD WE TRUST YOU?
GoodGamesWriting is an independent website founded in 2011 by Evan McIntosh with a desire to change the discourse around games media. We share the best works of games media we find on ggw.orbytl,com, create our own unique works (including our in house, very good column, “The Custodian” by Adam Condra), run professional development opportunities (such as #PitchJam), and give out games media awards called The Goodies each year. We’ve also archived sites that are closing, hosted student owned gaming websites, funded small ventures, cross-promoted with other publications, and even had a PAX panel. We’re busy folks.
As for why you should trust us? Well, that’s on you. We think our work speaks for itself.
SHOULD WE TWEET YOU?
Most definitely. During the event we run a back channel on Twitter with the #PitchJam tag. As for the rest of the time, we tweet a lot of cool stuff out on @GoodWritingVG.
WHEN WILL FINAL INFORMATION BE POSTED?
We’ll post the final information–including the hours of the pitching window and the email address–here sometime Friday, July 20th.
SAY, WHAT’S THIS ABOUT AN RSVP?
We held a month long RSVP so we could learn more about this year’s participants. Those people who RSVP’d, should they pitch correctly during the window, are guaranteed feedback.
If you didn’t RSVP, we make no guarantee you will receive feedback from this event. We anticipate 20% more responses than we receive RSVPs and select and build our panel around that projection. If the numbers exceed our projections we may be unable to accompany you.
I HAVE OTHER THINGS TO ANGRILY YELL AT YOU.
Cool. @GoodWritingVG on Twitter.