Well, my friends, what a week THIS has been so far!
For starters, although it maybe wasn’t much in the grand scheme of things, we did finally get a little much-needed rain. This may not sound like a big deal, but after what has to have been the driest summer on record for a long, long time, the parched ground and drooping trees were clearly grateful! And there’s something very pleasant about a cool, gray day with the gentle sound of rain pattering on the roof while you work diligently at
sudoku puzzles sporcle quizes c atching up on the Game of Thrones episodes you never got to watch your writing!
Then on Monday, my own little thrill of excitement when I discovered my new books up on Amazon and GoodReads! There’s something about seeing them there that makes it all feel more real! 🙂 And although I knew that WHEN YOUR LION NEEDS A BATH and WHEN YOUR ELEPHANT HAS THE SNIFFLES would be out on July 11, 2017, I did NOT know the publication date for THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT until I saw it up on Amazon – June 6, 2017 – so that was especially fun! 🙂
Coming soon… to a library/bookstore/classroom near you…! 🙂
And now, hopefully a little thrill of excitement for you when I hint that I have writing contest news coming soon… because in case you’ve been too busy to look at the calendar, that Halloweensie time of year is approaching…! I’m working on prizes, but if anyone has anything to offer or great contacts who might have anything to offer, please feel free to let me know. With 3 big contests coming up, I can use all the awesome prizes I can get for you guys!!! Keep it tuned to this station… there will be news SOON! 🙂 And start thinking about those Halloweensie stories….!
Now. We have all been awake for at least 5 minutes, many of us as many as 7 or even 12 minutes!, so that means it’s time for Something Chocolate. After all, we can hardly be expected to soldier through a morning of hard writing/parenting/teaching/librarianing without a little pick-me-up! Hmm… what would be good? I’m thinking Something Cupcake. Because cupcakes are yummy, portable, and small enough to eat two…or three… without feeling guilty 🙂
YUM! Chocolate/chocolate – simple, classic, elegant, delicious!
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Michele who says, “I’m an executive editor at the children’s publishing arm of an entertainment company. As an author, I have published leveled readers, books of word games, a board book set, and children’s apps for iOS and Android–but this is my first attempt at a picture book, and it’s nerve-wracking being on the other side of the desk! I’m a member of SCBWI and Children’s Media Association, and you can find me Tweeting about books, children’s entertainment, and whatever else pops into my mind at @michelewells.”
Find her on the web at @michelewells
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: When Sheep Fall Asleep
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-6)
The Pitch: All Sam wants to do is stay up late. His parents agree to a deal: If he gets into bed and counts sheep all the way up to ten, then he can stay up all night. But the sheep aren’t cooperating, and once the monkeys, elephants, chickens, and even hyenas start crowding in, it’s all Sam can do to keep his room from turning into a zoo!
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 Michele 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 November, so…not so far off at this point! You could your chance soon to get your pitch up for helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Michele is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to telling all my relatives that my new books are available for preorder (in the hopes that they will honor their familial obligation to support me 🙂 ) and checking Amazon obsessively to see if cover art for the TRUCK book goes up because I can’t wait to see it! 🙂 I am the soul of patience, aren’t I? Perfectly cut out for a career in the (ahem) fast-paced industry of children’s publishing 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂