Happy Wednesday, Folks! And Happy Summer! Because now it officially is 🙂
I tell you, it’s a miracle I even got this post written! Yesterday was every kind of crazy! First, the junk guy showed up so we could clear out our basement (you know, to make it easier to paddle the canoe when it rains and the basement floods 🙂 ). This involved removing the protective tarp from the bulkhead doors (vain attempt NOT to have basement floods 🙂 ). Luckily, there were no snakes in the bulkhead stairway… but you never know until you open it and look in! So you get the thrill of that I-may-suffer-palpitations-at-any-moment feeling 🙂
However, fussing around with the bulkhead stairway brought us in close proximity to the newly installed propane regulator… which allowed us to smell gas… which we should NOT… so we had to call about having it checked. They wanted us to call the Fire Department! LOOOOOONG “discussion” about whether that was really necessary culminating in the gas company guy showing up unannounced at 9 PM… only to say that he’d be back tomorrow to check it out properly! So we got the additional thrill of that the-house-may-explode-at-any-moment feeling!
But being outside at 9 PM I heard noise and saw lights at our neighbor’s house… which is for sale and supposed to be empty… and it sounded more like a party than a poltergeist… which had to be investigated…and though by the time I got there the party was over, circumstances were such that the sheriff still had to be called… resulting eventually in the thrill of realizing I have become Gladys Kravitz (Bewitched) and Mrs. Rachel Lynde (Anne of Green Gables) and every other nosy-busy-body-crotchety-old-neighborhood-spy-wannabe rolled into one!
So. Like I said. Miracle right here! 🙂
Let’s get to it, shall we?
First, the May Pitch Pick. Please read through the superb revised pitches below and then vote for your favorite.
#1 Susan – Bossy Bird (Picture Book ages 3-8)
Bossy Bird is the largest, loudest and bossiest bird of the bunch. When the fed up flock sends him away, they lose their lookout and leave themselves open to the hungry neighborhood cat. With danger crouching around the corner, Bossy Bird will discover that being the boss is not as important as being a friend and the others will learn that getting along is part of being a team.
#2 Sherry – Squirrelly Curly (Picture Book ages 4-8)
Three squirrel brothers need a home for the winter, but while Mo and Larry build nests, Curly pelts them with acorns and snatches nesting materials for his snow sports. When varmints and weather destroy their nests, it’s up to Curly to lead them to the safety of a nest and the scrumptious acorn feast he’s squirreled away for hard times. In this Three Little Pigs re-telling, varmints and an ice storm replace the wolf.
#3 Melissa – Walking With Memphis: Inspired By A Real Dog (Nonfiction Picture Book ages 3-8)
When Memphis becomes paralyzed and loses his wag, he must learn to walk with a wheelchair. He worries his dog days will never be the same, but he digs up the courage to embark on an adventurous discovery of all that he is capable of and what it means to be a lucky dog.
#4 Shae – Avocado Desperado (Picture Book ages 4-8)
Roll with the other avocados? Avocado Desperado? Ha, never! Until he realizes not every problem can be solved alone, especially those that start with guaca and end with mole.
Please vote in the poll below for the pitch you think is best and most deserves a read an comments from editor Erin Molta! Please cast your vote by Sunday June 26 at 5 PM EDT, and I’ll announce the winner next week!
Now then, for today’s Something Chocolate, how about Strawberry Shortcake? I know… technically it’s not chocolate 🙂 But the strawberries are SO GOOD in June it seems a shame not to take advantage of them. And strawberries make for a VERY healthy breakfast. And you can always put some chocolate sauce on your strawberry shortcake! 🙂
Don’t you feel healthful and virtuous after that exceptionally nutritious breakfast-y type snack? 🙂
Alrighty then! Onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Lindsay who says, “When I’m not cleaning up the unsavory messes of my two little boys, Cavalier King Charles pup and two cats, you can find me writing picture books. I’m a former newspaper and magazine editor, so it makes sense that I love to revise and critique. Here is for the manuscript I developed in Susanna’s excellent course, Making Picture Book Magic. This is my first submission for Would You Read It Wednesday!”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Breakdance Bertie
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-8 )
The Pitch: Bertie the emu can’t help but wiggle to the beat blaring through the barnyard. When her human friend Jeannie tells her about an online breakdancing competition, Bertie decides to go for the grand-prize pool. She tries to practice her hops and drops Monday through Friday, but Jeannie and the boom box aren’t always around, and the other animals lose patience when Bertie’s hops flop. Calamity sends Jeannie running just before deadline and leaves Bertie and the animals to build their own beat.
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 Lindsay 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 October, so you’ve got a little time to tweak your pitch to perfection and then get it up for some helpful feedback and a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Lindsay is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to seeing who wins the Pitch Pick! It’s going to be a tough choice! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂