Happy Wednesday, Everyone!
What a week it’s been so far! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been busy as a beaver!
(This is bizarrely fitting because long ago in my misspent youth I went to an all girls’ school where our mascot (very unfortunately) was a beaver. Just imagine the terror we struck into the hearts of our athletic competitors…! Even more unfortunately the slogan for the 100th year anniversary of the school was “100 years of eager beavers”… but that’s whole nother story best left unmentioned… although I guess now I’ve gone and mentioned it 🙂 )
My dogs have been busy too. They take their guard duties VERY seriously and have been forced to repeatedly defend the perimeter against the likes of these two:
Have you ever seen such extreme danger?!
They are twins and have taken to hanging about in our yard. Somehow I don’t think they find the dogs all that intimidating. But the dogs find themselves intimidating and that’s all that matters 🙂
So there has been quite a lot of busy-ness around here. Which of course calls for Something Chocolate (because doesn’t everything? 🙂 )
As it happens, Something Deliciously Chocolate arrived on my doorstep Monday. In case you haven’t heard, I am lucky enough to have the best kids in the world. One of them, for no reason other than sweetness and kindness, sent me these, and I will share them with you. For once I’m not even really stretching the truth that much when I proclaim that they are health food 🙂
Enjoy with a clear conscience! 🙂
(This is the part where I confess in a teeny voice (I’d shrink the font to something teeny but I don’t know how to do that in wordpress!) that I have to postpone the June and July pitch picks one more time because I didn’t get the pitch revisions yet – my fault, not the pitchers’! Next week…?!)
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Lauren who says, “I live in Normal, IL so perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to things that are slightly off-kilter. I enjoy using my experiences to create fantastical picture books. When my granddaughter was born, I rode the train to Chicago for 2 years to help take care of her. Nothing unusual happened on my travels, but they were the inspiration for a not-so-normal adventure for a not-so-normal Granny.”
Find her on the web at: http://www.laurencollierswindler.com
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Go Granny Go!
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-8)
The Pitch: When Granny receives an alarming phone call, she sets off to reach her ailing granddaughter. Armed with not much more than wit and grit, this plucky Granny negotiates a series of increasingly preposterous obstacles with remarkable aplomb. Tattered, tuckered out and sore, she staggers on, but will Granny reach Rosie or will the next obstacle lead to her downfall?
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 Lauren 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 have a little time to polish your pitch before putting it up for helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Lauren is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to actually posting the June and July Pitch Picks next week, and if I fail for the third time you all have permission to throw chocolate at me! 🙂
Have a wonderful writing and reading Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂