Remember last week when I was going through the things I forgot and said I thought there was something else?
Well, there WAS!
Due to the fact that I didn’t receive them (holiday busy-ness and all that) I never posted Straight From The Editor for our tied October winners! (At least, I’m pretty sure I never posted them… If I did, just pretend I didn’t. You know the drill :))
I wouldn’t want you to miss any of Erin’s insightful comments, so here they are:
First, Julie’s pitch:
Broccolilocks PB (ages 3-6)CRUNCH! To satisfy Broccolilocks‘ GIANT appetite her parents plant every inch of their community garden plot. But a mysterious stink leads her nose down the rows to find that something has been munching on her favorite: broccoli! Inviting hungry friends to keep pesky aphids in check, and Broccolilocks fed, may be just right!
And here are Erin’s thoughts:
This has potential, but I am not getting a feel for the story. Is it about getting rid of aphids—thus teamwork or about satisfying a growing appetite. The hook—the reason why an editor would want to acquire this or even ask to see more is missing. I like the Goldilocks reference –it’s very cute–but what about hungry friends is just right? I think you need to figure out what the main point of the story is. The main goal and message, so to speak for the story. Is it that Broccolilocks will eat anything and everything but broccoli is her favorite and the aphids are eating it, so she must save it? Or is it that Broccolilocks doesn’t have any friends because she eats anything and everything but she manages to meet some in their common goal of getting rid of the aphids? Once you’ve determined the main goal of the story then you can work in the clever Goldilocks references.
Second, Rosi’s pitch:
Iris The Rainbow Girl PB (ages 2-5)Iris sees a sparkling rainbow. It’s so beautiful, she decides she wants to be one. Her parents tell her all the reasons she cannot, but Iris is determined and won’t let anyone hang a dark cloud over her idea. Soap bubbles have little rainbows on them, but when she covers herself with them, they burst and wash away. After dreaming about rainbows, Iris comes up with a way to achieve her goal
And here are Erin’s thoughts:
This is lovely. However, the last bit falls flat. You don’t want to keep the ending a secret when you’re pitching because an editor doesn’t necessarily ask to see something because she is curious about the ending—she is intrigued and wants to see how the author got there—the actual writing. So, I would give more of a hint as to what Iris did to BECOME a rainbow.
As always, I find Erin’s comments so helpful! I hope you do too!
Now. I’m feeling a little faint after all that absorbing of professional pitch critique, so I think we better have a little pick-me-up… A little snack to tide us over until second breakfast 🙂
It’s time for…
You guessed it!
I went all out for you guys today – fancy chocolatey deliciousness… with coffee!! Enjoy! 🙂
Today’s pitch comes to us from Joy who says, I’m a children’s poet. I’ve published in Highlight’s HIGH FIVE (Follow The Footsteps–a puzzle poem is scheduled for publication Feb. 2014) and have poems in The Poetry Friday Anthology, and the Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle Grades, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books). And their anthology of science poems scheduled for March 2014.
I have a blog at www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com where I daily post a children’s poem and a writing prompt. I’ve been doing this for almost 3 years. (You do the math, that’s a lot of poetry and a LOT of fun!)
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Tell Me About The Baby
Age/Genre: MG Novel in Verse
The Pitch: When Sara’s parents are killed in an auto accident, her older brother comes to take her home with him. Will Sara be able to adjust to the grief of losing her parents, her home, her school and friends? Will she adjust to an older brother who wants to act like a father, a pregnant sister-in-law who resents having an almost-teenager in her house, and a new town, school, teachers and hopefully new friends? Will Sara, who has always been the baby, adjust to a new baby, or will she be a built-in babysitter? Can Sara make a new life for herself?
(The title comes from the first question Sara asks her brother as they are riding on an airplane to Tucson where she is to tart her new life.)
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 Joy 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 February so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for a chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Joy is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to when it stops raining (which will hopefully be before the house floats off the mountaintop :))
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone, and good luck to all the ReViMo-ers out there – you can do it!!!