Would You Read It Wednesday #59 – Untitled Picture Book!

Goede Woensdag!

I’m practicing my Dutch.  All of it.

How am I doing?

Do I sound like a native yet?

“Goede Woensdag” is supposed to mean “good Wednesday”, which is as close to “happy Wednesday” as I could get with my language tutor… google translator 🙂

I’m pretty sure the Dutch are famous for their chocolate – I am technically Dutch after all, and I am very fond of chocolate –  I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this…  I think that makes it a perfect language to speak on Would You Read It Woensdag while we are snacking on Iets Chocolade (Something Chocolate!).  I may go healthy this morning and have strawberries dipped in chocolate.  I’m feeling virtuous 🙂

So let’s see… I have a few things on my mind…  I just can’t seem to remember what any of them are right now….

Oh, yes!

As you know, I am having an epic battle with my comments which is driving me nuts.  I would love to know everyone’s opinion:  should I continue to try to get Disqus to work, even though I am unable to communicate with intelligent life over there and for nearly four weeks now they have alternately ignored my pleas for help and failed to answer my questions, OR should I cut Disqus loose even though it means losing 22 months of comments on this blog (that’s ALL of them, if you’re wondering!)  This is like one of those agonizing “would you rather” questions – you know, like would you rather be bald or covered in hair (a question I’m sure you all devote a lot of thought to :)) – neither alternative bears thinking about!

So that was one thing.  PLEASE tell me what you think I should do.  Or better yet, tell me if you know how to FIX THIS PROBLEM!

Another thing was, I wanted to let you all know that if you need bookmarks, postcards, flyers, or other swag of various types, Alison Hertz is your one stop shop!  Sorry if it sounds like we suddenly took a break for a word from our sponsors 🙂 but she is amazing!  She designed 2 brand new book marks for me – one for Punxsutawney Phyllis and one for Can’t Sleep Without Sheep – and they are gorgeous!  Want to see?

sorry you have to turn sideways for this one 🙂

Aren’t they great?  They have very nice backs to, but this is the pretty side 🙂

Alison is wonderful to work with, does a superb job for a reasonable price, she’s prompt, and she makes the process so easy that even I can do my part (and here I’m talking about how she delivered the book marks to me exactly the way they needed to be done so that I could upload them to gotprint without breaking the internet or causing a rift in the space-time continuum.)  Need I say more?

So definitely email her if you need anything like that!

So, I’m pretty sure there was something else… it’ll come to me at 4 in the morning… but let’s move on to our pitch for today, shall we?

Today’s pitch comes to us from the lovely and talented Catherine.  She is a British Ex-pat living in Canada with her family. She writes picture books and children’s poetry. You can find her on her blog at http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com 

Here is her pitch:

Working Title:  She doesn’t have one!  She needs your help!  Please make suggestions!
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Lord Flatulence and Lady Piddle have to make leave of their plumber, Mr. U-Bend for an emergency in the neighbouring kingdom. Mr. U-Bend is accosted en-route by the village paupers and their plumbing requirements so the Princesses in the neighbouring Kingdom set off to find Mr. U-Bend, but so too does Prince Constant, son of Lord Flatulence and the most needy of all subjects to keep his plumber to himself.

So what do you think?  Would You Read It?  YES, MAYBE or NO?

If your answer is YES, please feel free to tell us what you particularly liked and why the pitch piqued your interest.  If your answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Catherine improve her pitch.  Helpful examples of possible alternate wordings are welcome.  (However, I must ask that comments be constructive and respectful.  I reserve the right not to publish comments that are mean because that is not what this is about.)
Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks!  For rules and where to submit, click on this link Would You Read It or on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above.  There are openings in November, so you have time to polish 🙂 for a chance for it to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Catherine is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  And I am looking forward to your opinion on my Dutch accent and on what I should do about my comment situation.  Which reminds me, I would like to mention that Catherine is one of the people who is unable to comment on my blog… aarrgghhh!… so she will send her comments to me and I will post them but say they’re from her.  Foolish, I realize, but I can’t think how else to do it.  Therefore, be on the lookout for her comments/replies to you in boxes with my name on them!  I don’t like to give vent to strong language, but right now I am not very happy with Disqus!

Chocolate covered strawberry anyone?

Have a goede Woensdag! 🙂

55 thoughts on “Would You Read It Wednesday #59 – Untitled Picture Book!

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Thanks for your comments for Catherine, Robyn! And thank you for commenting in spite of the fact that disqus hateth you! Glad you like the bookmarks – I think Alison did a great job! As for exclamation points, my motto is “If exclamation points be how thou expresseth thineself, exclaim on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” 🙂

  2. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    That is exactly my hesitation – that I would delete everything only to discover there had been a way to save it. But I don't know how to figure that out. No gurus in my neck of the woods 😦 I could wait at least a little longer – it just bother me that some of my most faithful followers can't comment 😦 Thanks for your advice though, I really appreciate it!

  3. Larissa Marks says:

    I'm a maybe for this one, mostly because I'm left a bit confused with the plot. If the pitch were shorter and clearer, I think it could be an entertaining read! Lord Flatulence is a great character name 🙂

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