I hope you ate your Wheaties this morning, lovelies! We’ve got a full agenda today!
First, we must consult our horoscopes.
Mine says, “Treat yourself to Something Chocolate!”
(Okay. I admit it didn’t say exactly that… But it did say “You have a wonderful opportunity for refreshment” which is practically the same thing! Given the comments that followed it was clearly referring to refreshment and renewal in your personal life, but that’s a little too serious for me… So since horoscopes are open to interpretation I choose to interpret refreshment as chocolate 🙂 )
And since we’re going to have Something Chocolate in about one minute, I think we can all agree it’s surprisingly accurate! 🙂
Now that we know it’s going to be a delightfully chocolate-filled day, on to the Pitch Picks!
(I hope you are all sufficiently caffeinated to follow the complexities of Pitch Pick division below. If not, you may be excused to get a cup of coffee but please come right back! Loitering in the hall is against school rules and will likely earn you a one-way ticket to the principal’s office 🙂 )
The February and March pitches got a little sideways due to the Valentiny Contest in February followed by a month with 5 Wednesdays, so in the interest of evening things out we shall have the February Pitch Pick with the two February pitches plus the first March pitch, and then the March Pitch Pick which has the other 4 March pitches.
The February Pitch Pick:
#1 Lynne Marie – The Dino Store (PB ages 4-8)
Open this book and be transported to – THE DINO-STORE, where dinosaurs are not only NOT extinct, but you can choose from an assortment of plant eaters, meat eaters, big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs – some discovered and some yet to be discovered! You can slide down the back of an Apatosaurus, wow your friends with a Stegosaurus at Show ‘N Tell or scare a bully away with Tyrannosaurus – which dinosaur will you choose?
#2 Tracey – Mary Alice (PB ages 12 and under)
#3 Stacia – Mia and the Marathon (PB/ER)
Mia loves running and so does Mama. While Mama is getting ready for her longest race ever, Mia discovers new, exciting ways she can get ready too. Mia can’t wait to cheer on Mama but oh no! On Race Day, Mia and Daddy can’t find Mama in the big crowd of runners! Don’t worry: Mia is prepared and knows exactly what to do. It’s time for Mia to cheer her favorite, loudest, cheeriest, cheer ever.
The March Pitch Pick:
#1 Christie – Kitty Clawdette The Broadway Pet (PB ages 4-8)
Kitty Clawdette aches to be a star on Broadway, but she’s an unknown talent with no experience — because she’s a homeless cat. With the help of her lucky star, the theater janitor, she gets her big break and learns there is something more important than fame.
#2 Tracy – TroublE with a Capital” E”! (PB/ER)
Trouble, sometimes it finds you and even follows you home. That’s exactly what happens one extraordinary day when Jack, the perfect pooch, sniffs out the perfect friend. Together the unlikely duo find companionship, love, and yes, trouble! Stirring up trouble isn’t perfect, but it sure is a lot more fun. Sometimes, “T-r-o-u-b-l-E,” can be spelled with a capital E.
#3 Heather – The Hero Of Foggy Basin (PB ages 3-6)
#4 Patricia – Bird And The Baker (PB ages 4-8)
A rainbow-winged, golden-tufted songbird forages each day for grain. When a popular bakery opens nearby, Bird cannot find enough to feed her family. She trades her songs and rainbow wings for more grain, but Bird must use her brain when the baker demands her golden crown, too.
Thank you all for reading and voting! The pitchers and I are all so grateful! Shall we have a little refreshment now- i.e. Something Chocolate? (See? My horoscope was totally right! 🙂 )
Since we have a birthday in our family today, I think we should have cake! 🙂
Super Decadent Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Fudge Frosting!
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Ingrid who says, “Hi! I’m Ingrid Boydston, as a mom/kindergarten teacher &theater director I realized I am a full time story teller. So I’ve been writing my stories down, learning the benefits of editing and critique partners for the past 3 years. Now I’m excited to present this pitch to you. You find me tweeting as IngridBoydston@ingridboydston and on FaceBook as Ingrid Boydston.”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: The Grumps
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-6)
The Pitch: Sometimes you wake-up feeling so grumpy you just want to stay that way! Good thing a good friend knows the only way to help is to be grumpy too. Kind of…
Spend the day with the Grumps and you just might discover a smile hiding under that frown.
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 Ingrid 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 May, so you could get your pitch up for some helpful feedback pretty soon, and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Ingrid is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to sharing my “newsletter” with you VERY SOON! I say “newsletter” because it’s not really a newsletter per se… but it will (hopefully) be something fun and useful for you! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂