Would You Read It Wednesday #103 – Upside Down In Frown Town (PB)

After 20 odd years of going to school myself, plus the additional years of having 5 children start school ranging from preschool to doctoral candidacy, plus being married to a teacher, I suppose it’s not really surprising that in many ways September feels like the start of a new year.

It’s inspiring and refreshing and invigorating!

It fills me with energy to write new stories!!

It makes me believe I can actually clean my office – this time for real!!!

(But let’s face it… it’s not magic 🙂  If I ever ACTUALLY finish cleaning my office I’ll show you a picture 🙂  I think I’ll have to, just to prove I really did it :))

So with all that energy and inspiration just waiting to be tapped, let’s all make a plan to write something great today, shall we?  I think we can do it!

Of course we’ll be able to do it better with Something Chocolate… 🙂  Can I tempt you with torte?

Dark chocolate is good for you.

That is a scientifically proven fact.


Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Kirsti.  Kirsti is a writer, a reader, a mother of five, a marriage and family therapist, and her first picture book is coming out with Character Publishing this fall.   It’s called:”The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall.”  Her blog/website is www.kirsticall.com

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Upside Down In Frown Town
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-8)
The Pitch: Where Sam lives, smiling is frowned upon. But, no matter what he tries, he can’t wipe the smile off his face. Even a frowning contest doesn’t make a frowner out of Sam. But the idea of a challenge may be just what he needs to turn the town around.

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 Kirsti 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 September, and we are IN September! so we’re pretty desperate for some new pitches!  Send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Kirsti is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to writing!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!!

Oh, and P.S.  For those of you wondering about Perfect Picture Books, we will be starting up again, but I can’t do it until next week, Sept. 13.  Anyone who wants to go ahead without me on Friday Sept. 6 is welcome to, but I’ve just got too much going on to pretend I’m going to pull it off! 🙂

85 thoughts on “Would You Read It Wednesday #103 – Upside Down In Frown Town (PB)

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    I love the pitch for this book. Yes, I would read it. No advice to add. It says just enough, yet draws you in to want to know more. And, a great title.
    So that means you won't

  2. pennyklostermann says:

    Susanna, you take care. I know you've got lots going on. Don't worry about getting to my post. (I don't even have chocolate :•)

    Hope you life gets back to some shade of normal soon.

  3. Rachel says:

    Your pitch is great Kirsti. Yes I would read it. Definitely a unique
    storyline. Perhaps you could start with – Smiling is frowned upon in
    Sam's town/village. Your other story – “The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall”
    sounds interesting too!

  4. Wendy Lawrence says:

    Of COURESE I would read this! Brilliant idea and GREAT pitch. Succinct and well written. Despite my tendency to have an opinion even when I don't know what I'm talking about, I have no suggestions. It's perfect. 🙂

  5. Janet Johnson says:

    I can't think of anything to change. Sounds like a cute book, and I'd read it for sure. 🙂
    And the torte was wonderful, Susanne. Can't wait to see your clean desk! I clean mine every few months or so, but it only lasts a day or two. Sigh.

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Thanks for your comments for Kirsti, Janet! And OH! My office is SO CLOSE to clean! The closest it's probably ever been since we moved into this house… almost 21 years ago 🙂 If I can just finish this time, I WILL post a picture because I'll be so proud of myself! 🙂 But I've gotten close before and then lost it in the home stretch… so wish me luck!


  7. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    I'd read this. 🙂 The language in the pitch is very cute and I would imagine the book is well written. Nicely done! 🙂

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