I am so glad to be back after my August off of blogging, and so glad to see you all!!!
I know the year officially begins on January 1st, but really, September always feels like the new year to me. Too many years in school, I guess 🙂
It’s lovely to see so many friends reappearing on their blogs after a summer off. There is energy and excitement and enthusiasm in the air. I am, as always, full of ideas I don’t have enough time to implement (but that never stops me from thinking I can follow through on them somehow :))
There will probably be some changes afoot around here. I’m not sure what yet, exactly, but I might want to try something new and different on Mondays at some point… feel free to make suggestions in the comments if there’s something in particular you’d like to see. And I’m going to try (after today :)) to make my posts a little shorter… Stop laughing! Seriously! I can HEAR you!
I find I’m having a hard time keeping all the balls in the air, what with writing, teaching, critiquing, blogging/social media, school visits, marketing, continuing ed, and my position as COO in a home with a husband, 5 kids, 2 dogs, aging parents just down the road and a pony up the road, so my answer to that is A SCHEDULE. Novel idea, don’t you think? I haven’t written it down yet, but I am cogitating on it (er, since January…), and I feel confident that at some point a Master Plan that is helpful and productive will emerge that will allow me to get everything done in half the time. There is a faction here on Blueberry Hill that objects to me working 24/7 🙂 You’ll know the Master Plan is in place when I tell you I’ve read a book longer than 32 pages for fun 🙂
I’m already looking forward to the upcoming writing contests! and I’ll give you a heads up: The Halloweensie Contest will run from October 27-31, and The Holiday Contest will run from December 8-12. In both cases the judging, voting, and winner announcements will occur in the week following. So mark your calendars 🙂
Now, before we go a step further, there is something CRUCIAL we must attend to after these weeks off! It’s time for…
|Ultimate Brownie Sundae – YUM!|
And something specially NOT chocolate for Julie R-Z because she did something deserving of a special treat and she doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast – go figure! (And if you give me a few minutes I might remember what it was she did – all I have here is a note that it had something to do with a survey… :))
|Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins!
Recipe here: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/10/glazed-apple-crumb-muffins/
Alrighty! Now that we have bolstered our blood sugar, let’s continue, shall we?
(The problem with vacation is there’s always catching up to do afterwards.)
First, did I get a chance to tell you who won the June and July Pitch Picks?
I think I mentioned that Kimberly had won the June pick with her pitch for Sprinkles The Clown. But we can’t have gotten around to the July winner yet because we haven’t been here! The July Pitch Pick was won by Brandie with her pitch for The Trouble With Keeping Vikings! Congratulations to Kimberly and Brandie as well as to all the other brave and talented writers who submitted pitches. Your pitches were ALL so good, and it’s such a wonderful opportunity for us all to learn from each other!
Second, we have Straight From The Editor for both June and July!
Let’s start with June since that appeals to my sense of orderly chronology. Because I am so orderly 🙂 (Please refer back to the Master Plan under construction :))
You will recall Kimberly’s pitch for her picture book, Sprinkles The Clown:
Here are editor Erin Molta’s insightful thoughts:
This sounds cute, though for a pitch you need to be a little more specific. Don’t worry about giving it all away. I’m assuming that all the kids are clowns, right? So I’d say something like I’ve done below. Also what is a “true” clowning skill? I would definitely say what Sprinkles did that made all of the other little clowns feel safer or less afraid.
Sprinkles the Clown wants to fit in with her classmates on the first day of Kindergarten, but when her show-and-tell juggling act goes wrong, all the other little clowns laugh at her. However, as a storm rolls in scaring all the students, Sprinkles puts her own fears aside and [does what?] to save the day!
Brandie’s pitch for her picture book, The Trouble With Keeping Vikings, was as follows:
Erin had this to say:
I love Vikings and they are somewhat “hot” now, so this definitely has potential, but no need to hide so much. Who is the boy calling? An editor might be so curious that they’ll ask for the manuscript to find out, but usually they’ll ask because the idea intrigues them and they want to see how you go about it. So it’s much better to give them as much information to aid in that process as possible.
Thanks as always to Erin for her very helpful thoughts. We are so lucky that she is such a cheerful contributor to this series!
Now, then. The moment you’ve all been waiting for – Would You Read It!
Today’s pitch comes to us from Hope who says, “I used to travel around the globe, working as a contract interpreter for the US State Department and a freelance translator until I became a mother. Now as the mother of two children, I continue my love of language by reading with them and writing.”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Cleo And Pinkie
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Cleo is always busy doing something, but that often turns into trouble. As Mommy grumbles, Cleo brings in Pinkie, her imaginary, mischievous friend, and blames him for everything. “Pinkie did it!” But soon Mommy can’t tolerate it anymore and declares, “No more Pinkie!” With Pinkie gone, the house is quiet and trouble free until Mommy discovers another mess…this time to her delightful surprise.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
Hope is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to getting back into a routine and implementing my Master Plan… as soon as I think it up 🙂 I am also looking forward to starting up Perfect Picture Book Fridays again in only 2 days! I have a special one on deck for you that includes a giveaway so yay! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone! So glad we’re all back together again! 🙂