Big news on Blueberry Hill, my friends!
Cable internet is (AT LAST!) coming to our road!
It just goes to show that technology can even (tually) come to the Back Of Beyond 🙂
It does not get more exciting than this!
Now, I realize that this is a big project. The cable won’t be laid for weeks…maybe months, and then there’s all manner of high-tech whatnot that will have to be organized no doubt, but it’s coming! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! The prehistoric internet I’ve been working with for years, which moves at the speed of hibernating turtles…walking backwards…through the mud…, does not allow for Skype, webinars, uploading photos and files, or even accessing email half the time. So this upgrade is long-awaited and much-anticipated!
Who knows what amazing opportunities await once our internet moves at the same speed as the rest of the world’s! (And NO! of course the ability to stream Netflix and binge watch Parks & Rec which my children have informed me I must do has nothing to do with my excitement! 🙂 )
So, if you all would stop talking about your favorite TV series to binge watch, we could get down to work! 🙂
First off today, we have the November/December Pitch Pick!
Here are the pitches:
#1 Carolyn – Celebirdy (NF PB ages 7-11)
This nonfiction story tells the account of a chicken that lived without its head for 18 months. The truth doesn’t get much weirder than that!
#2 Anne – Harry’s Magic (PB ages 4-8)
Eliza wakes up on the wrong side of the bed feeling quite grumpy, almost as if a monster has taken over her body. Her brother Harry says will cast a magical spell to drive out the angry beast and restore Eliza to her sweet, silly self. This 560 word, rhyming picture book will have children ages 4-8 laughing as they watch Eliza running about gathering up all of the necessary and ridiculous ingredients for Harry’s magic potion, but will Harry be able to save his sister in time?
#3 Nadine – Armadillo Pillow Fight (PB ages 4-8)
It is Willow Armadillo’s birthday and she wants a pillow fight party. She asks her friend to help spread the word of this nocturnal affair. Her animal friends mess up the message spreading details by accident. Did Willow say to meet at the peat moss or where the streams cross? Poor Willow. Hopefully she will have someone show up to her burrow tonight.
#4 Noel – Good Old Gus (PB ages 5-8)
Please vote for the pitch you think is best and most deserves a read by editor Erin Molta in the poll below by Sunday January 22 at 5 PM EST. Results will be posted next Wednesday!
It’s hard work reading and evaluating those pitches and trying to decide which one is best when they’re all so good! I think we need Something Chocolate, don’t you? (Though let’s be honest… when do we ever NOT need Something Chocolate?! 🙂 )
Seeing as how Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we should be taste-testing and recipe-practicing, I’m thinking Strawberry Chocolate Cake!
It’s what’s for breakfast! 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Michelle who says, “I am an active member of SCBWI, numerous critique groups, and am on the advisory board for Authors.me. I am also a mother of 2 and married to a great man from Finland!”
Find her on the web at Twitter @Mmvattula
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Stalking Seagulls
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 5-8)
The Pitch: One boy. One sandwich. A flock of seagulls. The dive bomb debacle of last summer will not happen again! Those sneaky seagulls have one mission, Alec’s sandwich! It’s Alec’s duty to foil their plans and not let those pesky birds triumph. Victory is on the horizon until he unwraps his sandwich.
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 Michelle 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 February, so you could have a turn pretty soon to get helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
One last item on today’s agenda: just a heads up that everybody’s favorite I-Heart-Writing competition, The Valentiny Writing Contest!, is coming soon to a blog near you! (Er, that would be this one 🙂 ) If someone would just light a fire under the people in charge around here, the guidelines might ever get posted one of these days 🙂 But just so you know, the contest will run from February 10-14, so mark your calendars and get those thinking caps out of mothballs 🙂
Michelle is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to getting high speed internet (although not holding my breath) and to someone posting the guidelines for the Valentiny Writing Contest (and although not holding my breath for that either , it could happen at any moment and is likely to beat the high speed internet into existence 🙂 )
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂