Happy Wednesday, Folks!
I don’t know about where you live, but here on Blueberry Hill the whole entire weather system has gone topsy-turvy. We had snow in April instead of January and February. We had 80 degree days in March and April but now that it’s May we’re back to the 40s. And those April showers? Well, we had more of a drought in April… but now that May is here it’s done nothing but pour… and the Weather People (they’re like the Village People but not as much fun to dance to 🙂 ) are making dour predictions that the rain will continue today, tomorrow, Friday, Saturday… you get the idea.
So how timely is it that today, May 4, is the 201st anniversary of Frenchman Jean Marius inventing the first folding umbrella? Such a clever lad, he was. The rich (who liked to maintain their superiority by keeping their skin lily-white) had used parasols against the sun for ages, but apparently it never occurred to anyone to come up with a version to keep the rain off. Enter our boy Jean and his genius creativity and voila! (which we can say in complete fairness because he was French! 🙂 ) everyone was suddenly free to go march about in the rain. Too bad for them that rubber rain boots didn’t come on the scene until 1853. I would not be at all surprised if there was a lot of grumpiness prior to 1853 due to wet feet 🙂
Meanwhile, here in the rain belt, we’re in a bit of a pickle because a) anytime we get heavy rain there is danger that the basement will flood and b) tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and it really should be sunny for that!
I can’t make sunshine (I know. I have amazing magical powers, but I still can’t manage to pull that off!) But I can make Something Chocolate! So let’s put some cheer in Cinco de Mayo by having some Churro Pancakes With Spicy Chocolate Sauce!
Yum! Aren’t they delicious? Think of them as cinnamon-sugary chocolate sunshine 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Susan who is a writer from Gilbert, AZ where she lives with her husband, three young sons and their corgy/jack Russell rescue dog, Jedi. Originally from Madison, WI, she cheers on the Packers and the Badgers, loves movie nights with her family, and enjoys reading as much as writing.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Room For Olives
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-8)
The Pitch: Little Olive has always been happy with her life in the jar until she discovers the fancy world outside of the fridge. When adventure leads to danger, the real journey begins.
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 Susan 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 June, 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!
Susan is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to paddling around the basement in my canoe rescuing salamanders 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂