Good Morning, Everyone!
It’s Hope-You-Ate-Your-Wheaties Wednesday today!
We have A LOT to do!
(Which means you are excused from me waxing poetic about tomorrow being the first day of Autumn… or doing any form of interpretive dance to celebrate the very-nearly-here season premiere of Gray’s Anatomy… or practicing my sheep-song-in-progress which I’m composing in anticipation of the upcoming NYS Sheep & Wool Festival… or any of my other tomfoolery… because we have no extra time! Lucky you 🙂 )
So let’s get right down to it, shall we?
You’ll be thrilled to know that at long last we are ready for the June and July Pitch Picks, so here goes! (And a little side note: I don’t want to influence your choices by telling you which ones, but one of these pitches is for a story that has since sold for publication, and one of them earned its author a contract with an agent! How awesome is that? WYRI and all the help you guys give each other is really paying off! 🙂 )
June Pitch Pick
Please read through the 5 pitches below and then vote for the one you think most deserving of a read and critique from editor Erin Molta by Sunday September 25 at 5 PM EDT. Winner will be announced next Wednesday (Sept.28)
#1 Susan – BOSSY BIRD (PB ages 3-8)
#2 Greg – THE BATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE (PB ages 3-8)
Bogie wakes up to a strange new smell in his puppy nose. He goes to investigate and discovers a tray of paint in the living room. He dives in and enjoys the wonderful new scent and texture.
His brother discovers a paint soaked Bogie and decides to get him cleaned off before their parents return. His brother uses Bogie’s favorite toys and food to lure him into the bath with no luck. What will it take to give Bogie a bath, or is he destined to remain a colorful pooch forever?
#3 Sam – Crab And Gull (PB ages 4-8)
Gull wants Crab’s sandwich. Crab wants Gull to leave him and his sandwich alone. But when Gull goes missing, Crab’s treat just doesn’t taste as sweet. He packs up his food in search of Gull, and finds that sometimes cooking up a friendship a more important than cooking up a seaweed sandwich.
#4 Lindsay – BREAKDANCE BERTIE (PB ages 3-8)
With a grand-prize pool at stake, Bertie the emu wants to wiggle her way to victory in a breakdancing competition, but when hail destroys the boombox, Bertie and her barnyard pals must build their own beat.
#5 Lydia – Dancing Through Space (PB ages 3-7)
3-2-1- Blast off! Dr. Mae Jemison launches into space and accomplishes her childhood dream. Despite challenges along the way, she never gave up and went on to become the first African-American woman to orbit the earth.
July Pitch Pick
Please read through the 4 pitches below and then vote for the one you think most deserving of a read and critique from editor Erin Molta by Sunday September 25 at 5 PM EDT. Winner will be announced next Wednesday (Sept. 28)
#1 Susan – PIZZA FOR THANKSGIVING? (PB ages 3-8)
#2 PJ – CAMP CRAZY MEATBALLS (PB ages 3-6)
CAMP CRAZY MEATBALLS is a zany picture book about siblings Matt and Morgan. Mom insists they go to camp for a week to break their routine of TV and computer games. But this camp isn’t quite what the kids expected. First, the counselors are talking animals, and second, everything—and I mean EVERYTHING— is made out of meatballs. Even their beds! And meatballs is the only thing on the menu! At first, the kids are thrilled—what kid doesn’t like meatballs—but meatballs morning, noon and night soon drives everyone crazy. In the end, the kids dream up a clever way to solve the dilemma and develop a new appreciation for broccoli.
#3 Robyn – FEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN (Upper MG ages 9-12)
#4 Amy – Grizzie Moon Does NOT Like Cats! (PB ages 3-6)
Phew! All that reading and trying to decide which of those amazing pitches is the MOST amazing and deserves your vote is hard work! I think it’s time for Something Chocolate (though of course when do I ever NOT think that? 🙂 ) How about some No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake?!
I thought you’d like that! How can you go wrong when the title includes the words “no bake”, “brownie batter” and cheesecake”?
I believe second helpings are in order… there were TWO pitch picks after all… 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Tina who says, “I am Tina Shepardson , age 50, completing my 27 th year of teaching . Currently I teach grade 6, most of those years have been in the middle school level . My husband and I have a 13 year old daughter , Payton. Our other children are 2 furry Akitas , a breed we adore. I am working on my next career as it would be a dream co e true to write and visit children and teach in a different way.”
Find her on the web at https://www.facebook.com/tinamshepardson
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Madeleine’s Crowning Moment
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Madeleine, a dog living in a shelter is looking for a sense of belonging and desire to make a difference. She has always wanted to compete in a pageant and discovers and opportunity to compete . Her experience leads her to learn a great deal about others . Will she achieve her goals and make a difference?
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 Tina 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!
Tina is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! And I am looking forward to getting my kitchen sink fixed! The sprayer broke, so every time I turn the water on, the sprayer sprays wildly and no water whatsoever comes out of the faucet. It’s like an April Fool prank every time 🙂 The plumber assures me he can come fix it Saturday (by which point I will probably have soaked every item of clothing I possess by turning the water on with my mind on whatever story I’m writing and forgetting about that sprayer 🙂 )
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂