Holy Hundredth Would You Read It, Batman!
Can you believe it?
Today marks the 100th week! The 100th brave person to post their pitch! The 100th Wednesday of Wonderfulness when we all get to learn so much from each other!
Who would have thought we’d get to 100 back on July 27, 2011 when we had our very first pitch?
So I think we should celebrate. As always, Something Chocolate shall be involved (with many many thanks to the awesome and wonderful Coleen for making this for us today – and while I’m mentioning Coleen you should go read her blog if you don’t already because she is tons of fun :))
|This, my friends, is a Brookie – a Brownie Cookie – pretty much the best of both worlds, don’tcha think?
Photo copyright Coleen Patrick 2013 used by permission
Doesn’t that look delicious??? Help yourself to a cup of coffee or a nice cold glass of milk to go with it! 🙂
But wait! There’s more!
Because the 100th day of anything doesn’t come around all that often, I think I will give away a prize to one lucky randomly selected commenter from today’s post! Just because I love you and my blog would be nothing without all you wonderful people who come to read and comment and share your love of kidlit.
Hmmm…. what should the prize be, I wonder?
Well, you can never really have enough picture books, can you? 🙂 If you’re a parent or a teacher they come in super handy. If you’re a writer, you can learn so much from how a good one is written. So how about the prize shall be the winner’s choice of Is Your Buffalo Ready For Kindergarten by Audrey Vernick (perfect for this time of year), I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder (perfect for poetry lovers), Journey by Aaron Becker (perfect for art lovers), America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by David A. Adler (perfect for nonfiction lovers), or, if you already have all 4 of those, something else that we pick together!
Now, just quickly before we get to today’s pitch, I have a Straight From The Editor for you. You will recall that Andrea won the June pitch pick with her pitch for The Backpack Secret (PB). This was her pitch:
On the first day of kindergarten, Amani notices that Mason won’t take off his backpack. She’s determined to find out why, especially when the other kids start calling him names. After she finally convinces Mason to share his secret, it gives her an idea that will help everyone in the class feel braver at school.
And this response from editor Erin Molta is almost a first (it certainly doesn’t happen often!):
I like this and can’t think of anything to make it more appealing. It states the problem succinctly and resolves it satisfactorily while intriguing an editor to want to find out what’s inside that backpack.
Wow! Good for you, Andrea! Well done! (And maybe you’d better send that story our on submission soon :))
Straight From The Editor reminds me that I don’t think we’ve done the July Pitch Pick, so maybe I’ll put that up on Friday.
Now then, today’s pitch comes to us from Lisa, whom you may remember from last month with her pitch for That Tommy Thompson. Lisa says, “I’m a former elementary school social worker, mom of two, and have recently made writing my full time job. Two years ago I wrote my first picture book and just this past fall I decided it wasn’t going to do any good sitting on my computer. I began taking classes, reading craft books, attending conferences and workshops and just writing, everyday, writing. The original story is long gone but at last count I’ve got 42 other drafts and ideas jotted down. Oh yeah, and about four or five ready to go manuscripts. I have worked with kids my entire adult life and I feel strongly that this is the avenue in which I am meant to reach those little hearts and minds at this time in my life. On a random note, I’m a big fan of chocolate covered gummy bears. ;)”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: The Golden Egg
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 5-8)
The Pitch: The sight of a golden egg creates quite a stir among the feathered community and the fact that it doesn’t hatch has the Whisperers working overtime. But have no fear, the Eggsperts are called in to save the day. But do they? In the end, Mother Hen knows she must listen to her heart. Through a humorous story, lies a nurturing tale about a mothers love, acceptance and healing.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
Lisa is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to seeing how my freshly updated website and blog turn out. The marvelous Donna Farrell is hard at work trying to update, freshen, and streamline my blog and website with only the barest, minimal, cryptic information from me – such comments as, “Can you make it so it does that thing like, you know?” – very specific, detailed instructions 🙂 Good luck, Donna 🙂 But she’s a genius so I know it will turn out exactly how I want it!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone! And don’t forget, one lucky commenter today will win a prize! 🙂 Thank you all for your devoted readership! It makes me happy to be part of this warm-hearted, generous community!