It’s been a busy week of school visits so far, but Woo Hoo! It’s Wednesday! And you know what that means… 🙂
It’s time for everybody’s favorite pastime: Would You Read It!
But first, I’m pleased to announce the winners of the February and March Pitch Picks!!!
The February Pitch Pick was won by Stacia with her pitch for Mia And The Marathon, a picture book/early reader.
The March Pitch Pick was won by Tracy with her pitch for TroublE With A Capital “E”!, also a picture book/early reader.
It’s cool that both winners were on the fence between picture book and early reader because we hardly ever get early reader pitches!
Congratulations, Stacia and Tracy! Your pitches are on their way to editor Erin Molta for her comments and I’m sure you’ll hear from her at her earliest convenience!
And congratulations to ALL our other pitchers for bravely putting your work out there for commentary so that we can all learn, and for stepping up to revise and improve them for the pitch pick! They were all really great, and you all did excellent work. The choice was very tough and I hope even if you didn’t win the pitch pick you feel like you have a better pitch than you started out with!
Next, I think we should have a quick review of the 5 Food Groups by carefully taste-testing Something Chocolate (because you never know… we could have a pop quiz on Friday!) … Today, I think the 5 food groups shall be Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Caramel, Mousse, and Pie.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Mousse Pie
(note the inclusion of 5 food groups in the name!)
I hope you all feel fortified now that you’ve boosted all 5 of what we’re counting as food groups for today (because next time it could be Cake, Pie, Cookies, Ice Cream, and Chocolate… or, Marshmallow, Caramel, Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Whipped Cream… or simply Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, and Hot Chocolate… It’s important to be flexible on these matters 🙂 )
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Karah who says, “I’m originally from Kentucky, but now live in beautiful New Zealand where I live with my Kiwi partner and work in marketing for a video game company (another great form of storytelling!). I love storytelling for kids, especially children’s literature and animation, and I adore any story inspired by fairy tales.”
Find her on Twitter at @Karahsel
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Tails Of Witches And Wolves
Age/Genre: MG – Fantasy
The Pitch: Young wolf Nata is placed under a spell that finally opens a door to the human life she’s always dreamed of. But when a wolf attack leads to the hunting of wolves across the tsardom, Nata must choose between the life she’s always wanted and the safety of the wolf family she left behind.
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 Karah 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!
Karah is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to reading Book 6 of the Game of Thrones saga. Ah! (you may say) but George R.R.R.R.R.R.R. Martin hasn’t written it yet! You are right, of course, so while I’m waiting I think I’m going to try out an episode of Game of Thrones, loaned to me by a friend. It is on blue-ray, which I don’t have, but my tech-savvy children feel there’s a strong possibility my computer will play it, so here’s hoping! 🙂 I’m a little trepidatious though… I always like the book better than the movie/TV adaptation (need I remind anyone of the disaster that was Little House On The Prairie???!!! I mean seriously, Albert?!) Plus, I hear that the TV version of GOT is extremely violent… which means I’ll have cover my tight-shut eyes with my hands, daring snatched glimpses between my fingers now and then, and wait for the bad parts to pass! But since poor George R.R.R.R.R.R. Martin is still struggling over Book 6 (and believe me, I feel for him! Can you imagine the pressure? Hard enough to write such a huge saga without the entire civilized world constantly impatiently demanding the next installment! And it can’t just be any old thing either. It has to be good or people will give him a hard time!) But where was I? Oh yeah. Since poor George is still struggling, I’ve got to try alternate options 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂