Golly it’s been a busy week so far!
First off, the hotly contested April Pitch Pick was won by Sam with her pitch for The School Supplies Intensive Care Unit!
Congratulations, Sam! Your pitch has been sent to editor Erin Molta for her comments and I’m sure you’ll hear from her shortly!
And congratulations to all our other brave and talented pitchers. You all did an awesome job, and I hope that even though you didn’t win the pitch pick you feel that your pitches have benefited from the experience!
Next, there was the gosling parade.
Yes, there was! Look!
I’ve been watching these little guys, driving by them on my way to and from the barn every morning since they hatched. There are five of them. They used to hang out at the edge of the pond, sunning themselves and keeping to a small safe area. Now that they’re gawky adolescents, their parents have decided to take them a little further afield – away from the very edge of the pond and up the stream bed to a place where (apparently) there are good things for geese to eat. I’m not sure I approve of their choice of route (even so carefully shepherded by mom and dad) – I worry about geese vs. motor vehicles – but their family outing sure makes a fine sight! 🙂
As if the pitch pick and gosling parade weren’t excitement enough, we have discovered the location of the Largest Desserts On Earth. I know! I couldn’t believe it either! To think it was so close all this time! I have pictures to prove the sheer enormity, and they will be your Something Chocolate for today. Check them out!
Exhibit A: Brownie Sandwich Sundae
Exhibit B: Oreo Cake
We were caught unawares by the size of these desserts and found ourselves unable to finish (I know – we are STILL hanging our heads in shame). But now we have learned. Next time we go out to this establishment, we won’t order dinner… we’ll skip straight to the good part 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Shaelyn. By day, Shaelyn Berg writes and edits educational content for a nonprofit organization. By night, she writes picture books while simultaneously snuggling her dog, Dixie (who basically rules her life). Shae enjoys running half marathons, eating Chunky Monkey ice cream, and reading any kidlit she gets her hands on. You can follow her picture book blog at www.shaelynberg.wordpress.com.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Avocado Desperado
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8 )
The Pitch: Avocado Desperado rolls solo, even when a woman scoops him and his hermanos into the kitchen. It’s guacamole time and he flees, desperado style. But when he pushes a sister toward the blade of the sharp cuchillo for nearly spoiling his escape plan, his pit feels heavy. Can Avocado Desperado save her from becoming a fiesta snack?
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 Shaelyn 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!
Shaelyn is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to going hiking with a friend today… although it’s supposed to be 86 degrees… out of nowhere…so we may end up as puddles and have to be resurrected with vast quantities of iced tea 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂