We have a very special Would You Read It today! It’s a little less of a pitch and little more of a jacket blurb, and it’s for a great cause!
You all may recall back in November… sheesh, that was nearly a year ago, wasn’t it?! Where does the time go?… but anyway, you may recall we had a special Would You Read It for Faith The Heroic Pony. It was written by Sue Weeding and introduced to us by Koren Helbig, a journalist who discovered Sue’s extraordinary mission. Today, I’m hoping we can once again put our heads together to help Koren and Sue ensure the success of Sue’s new book, soon to be released. I’ll let Koren tell you all about it:
Sue and Rod Weeding moved to Spain from Britain aiming to slip into an easy sunshine-and-relaxation retirement. But all that changed in 2008 with Luceiro, a two-year-old stallion they found locked in a filthy and dark stable, his left eye badly injured and rotting, hurling himself repeatedly against the bars of his stall as flies drove him crazy. The Weedings brought him home and unwittingly created a much-needed horse rescue centre.
Now, at their Easy Horse Rescue Center in Spain’s southeastern province of Alicante, the Weedings care for more than 80 horses, ponies and donkeys saved from abuse and neglect. Some of the animal’s remarkable stories have been told in this documentary.
Among their charges is little Faith, who became the first pony in Spain to be fitted with a prosthetic leg after her mutilated front leg had to be amputated.
Faith’s journey inspired Sue to write a series of children’s books telling the stories of the center’s horses, aiming to raise awareness about animal abuse while generating additional funds to cover the center’s hefty running costs. The first book, Faith: Dairy of a heroic horse, is available on Amazon. Now we’d love a little help putting together a snappy blurb for the second book, Taffeta: Diary of a supermodel. Thanks!
I know Koren and Sue have come to the right place! There is no one better to help them than you guys. Here is a little Something Chocolate to get you going. Don’t think of it as bribery… think of it as brain fuel 🙂
(And many thanks to Teresa for calling my attention to this deliciousness! :))
So without further ado, here is the pitch/blurb for Sue’s soon-to-be-released new book, Taffeta: Diary Of A Supermodel.
Working Title: Taffeta: Diary Of A Supermodel by Sue Weeding
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 6-13)
Taffeta was a prized show pony winning rosettes in England when one day she was taken from her mother, loaded onto a strange trailer and driven many hours south to a hot and dusty paddock in Spain. When her new owner there fell ill, Taffeta was left without food and water until she grew so weak she couldn’t even stand.
Luckily, this sad true story has a happy ending. Taffeta was saved by a local couple who run a horse rescue center and soon her beauty had propelled her to stardom in Spain. Taffeta became a supermodel and the star of many local fashion shows!
Share in the heartwarming story of Taffeta’s rescue and rise to fame in this diary-style picture book packed full of beautiful real-life photographs.
All funds raised from the sale of this book help the Easy Horse Care Rescue Center Foundation in Spain care for its many rescued horses, ponies, and donkeys.
Taffeta: Diary of a supermodel is the second in a series of children’s books in which the horses and other animals saved by the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre share their real-life rescue stories.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Center is based in Rojales, along Spain’s famed Costa Blanca coastline in the Valencia province. The center opens to the public every Sunday all year round. You’re welcome to come along and meet the horses, ponies, donkeys, and many other rescued animals that reside at the center and hear their incredible stories.
Thank you for your support.
And so you all can see the subject of this story:
|Taffeta shortly after her rescue, getting treats for being brave
|Sue Weeding with little Taffeta, shortly after her rescue
|Taffeta all dressed up for a fashion show 🙂
|Happy and healthy Taffeta today 🙂
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 Koren and Sue improve their 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’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Koren and Sue are looking forward to your thoughts on their pitch! I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this question (which I just thought of because of today’s pitch :)):
Would there be any interest among the ranks here in expanding Would You Read It to include jacket blurbs? I think it would be very helpful to writers who intend to self-publish, and it’s very good practice to see if you’ve really got a handle on your book! I don’t think there would be as much call for it, so blurbs would be less frequent than pitches, but what do you think? I would only want to try it if you guys thought it would be interesting and fun. So let me know in the comments! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone, and definitely seconds or thirds on that cake up there 🙂