Happy Wednesday, Folks!
As we are all picture book folk, immersed in the world of That-Which-Matters-To-Kids, I’m sure you all woke up this morning with only one thought on your minds:
Today is Take Your Teddy Bear To Work Day!
A lot of us, being writers, or work-at-home parents, are not going to supply much of an outing for our teddy bears.
(And I’m guessing it’s pretty unlikely that anyone besides a preschool or kindergarten teacher would actually consider leaving the house with a teddy bear :)… but I mention the whole Take Your Teddy Bear To Work idea because I think there’s a picture book in it somewhere… from the teddy bear’s POV!)
Of course, some of us (that would be me) never actually had a teddy bear. I had a camel I was fond of. He has no hair now. And a Snoopy with an engineer hat and overalls. Alas…he has no clothes or hair now… But no actual bear. (There’s probably a whole nother story idea in that…! 🙂 )
So on this Take Your Teddy Bear To Work Day I’m bringing my Brown Bear – not that coming to work is any big deal for her. She does it every single day 🙂 The chair in my office that I recently had reupholstered has somehow become hers… I could probably have really skipped that reupholstering! 🙂
As you can see, she is wide awake and on the job – a tremendous aid to my writing efforts 🙂
Did/do you have a teddy bear or stand-in? Will you take it to work? If so, what job will you take it to? I’m serious – there may be a future picture book in this! 🙂
Okay, so now that I’m feeling like I had an underprivileged childhood because I never had an actual teddy bear, I believe it’s time for Something Chocolate!
How do you feel about Cookie Dough Brownies?
I knew you’d be fans! I mean, it’s a brownie AND a (sort of) cookie with oodles of chocolatey goodness… how can you go wrong?! 🙂
Now. Onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Greg, whom you will remember from his pitch back in the summer for The Bath Of Least Resistance. Greg (clearly a kindred spirit!) says, “If I didn’t have to work for a living I’d be writing, eating chocolate and writing about eating chocolate. For fun I play hockey, geocache, cook, and chase around my son.”
Find him on the web at https://www.facebook.com/gregoryebray/
Here is his pitch:
Working Title: Pochon’s Monster
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-10)
A sock stealing monster made of socks?” Viola couldn’t believe the story she heard at a slumber about Pochon’s Monster was true.
Viola sets out to find the monster and get her socks back. With an act of kindness, she gets the monster to relinquish what it has taken.
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 Greg improve his 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 you could get your pitch up pretty soon for some helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Greg is looking forward to your thoughts on his pitch! I am looking forward to the upcoming 6th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest, which I’m hoping you all saw the announcement for on Monday! Here’s the LINK in case you missed it. And there’s already a prize update – one lucky winner will have the opportunity for a read and critique from editor Marilyn Brigham of Two Lions! And KidLit 411 is contributing a bundle of picture books! And more stuff is rolling in, so stay tuned!
Have a wonderful start-looking-forward-to-Halloweensie Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂