Woo hoo! It’s Wednesday! And it’s officially spring! I hope you are all feeling sunshiny this morning! 🙂
Did any of you ever read Cheaper By The Dozen by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey? It was a favorite of mine when I was growing up, about a big, happy, busy family having one hilarious adventure after another. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it (and not the movie with Steve Martin… read the book! Not that I have anything against Steve Martin – actually, he is a favorite – but I always think the book is better than the movie 🙂 )
Anyway, the reason I bring it up is because the father in the story was an efficiency expert. And I’ve decided I could seriously use an efficiency expert! I would love to have someone organize my time and tasks and keep me on schedule. I would do it myself but it turns out I’m not very good at it – too easily sidetracked by interesting tangents! 🙂 So if any of you are extremely organized, like to crack the whip, and are interested in working for brownies, you may apply in the comment section 🙂
Because look at this! Here we are in March and I just realized, what with the Valentiny Contest and all, we got a little off our schedule and I never announced the winner of the December/January Pitch Pick!
So without further ado…
(…drum roll please…!)
…is Ashley with her pitch for The Race Against Sleep!
Congratulations, Ashley! Your pitch is on its way to editor Erin Molta for her thoughts and I’m sure you’ll hear from her soon!
Congratulations also to our other courageous pitchers, who put their work out for all the world to see and comment on. You all did a fabulous job – it was a close race! – and I hope even those who didn’t win got enough helpful feedback to really improve their pitches! Well done all of you!
And now, so that we don’t accidentally miss Easter in some lapse of efficiency (because it’s so early this year it would be easy to miss!) I thought this festive, springy Easter Egg Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark would be an excellent choice for today’s Something Chocolate!
So pretty, isn’t it? And chocolatey and sweet and salty…YUM!
And now, in what can only be called a model of efficiency 🙂 , onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Heather who says, “Several years ago, I was a Silicon Valley proofreader/copy editor. Now I’m a mom, school volunteer, and student of picture-book writing. The writing light switched on for me in third grade when we were all asked to dictate a story into a tape recorder. I got gold stars on my assignment that day, and writing has been part of my creative life ever since. Nowadays, the world feels right when I can walk around creating characters in my head. Aside from my picture-book characters, I live with my inspiring kids and rocket scientist husband in Redwood City, California.”
Visit her at: www.HeatherKinser.com
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: The Hero Of Foggy Basin
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-6)
The Pitch: A stray dog with a sunny disposition wanders into a town that’s always blanketed by fog—and can’t find the way out. Dog brightens the lives of the gloomy townsfolk, but when he realizes he’s not free to leave, he gradually loses hope. That’s when he meets a trio of children who seem to carry a light of their own, and decides it’s his job to fetch them the sun.
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 Heather 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 Would You Read It in the dropdown under For Writers in the bar above. There are openings in April so you could get your pitch up for some helpful feedback very soon, and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Heather is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to seeing who applies for the job as my efficiency expert or, failing that, who has any excellent suggestions on time management 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂