Oh. My. Goodness!
It is two days!
TWO DAYS, people! before the Valentiny Writing Contest opens!
Have I written my sample? you ask.
What you should be asking is if I have even thought about it!
I’d like to say I had the whole thing well in hand, but as usual I’ve been doing 50 million other things and haven’t given it a moment’s thought… so I’d better get down to it pretty darn quick!
I hope you guys are all coming along well with your entries! Such a fabulous array of prizes are up for grabs – very critique-oriented, so lots of winners will get lots of help and pointers to get their writing year off to a good start!
I think we’re going to have tons of fun (and eat LOADS of chocolate 🙂 I mean, that’s what Valentines Day is all about… which makes it pretty much my favorite holiday… although Easter is right up there too… and of course, Halloween… but I digress 🙂 )
Now then, if you all would stop talking about chocolate holidays, we could get down to today’s business! 🙂
First of all, I’m thrilled to announce that the winner of the January Pitch Pick is…
…drum roll please….
Costantia with her PB pitch for Understanding George! Congratulations, Costantia! The readers have spoken and found your pitch to have the highest merit and thus a chance to be read and commented upon by editor Erin Molta. Your pitch is already on its way to her inbox and I’m sure you’ll hear from her as soon as she’s able to reply!
Congratulations to our other talented pitchers as well! You all did a really superb job, not just with thinking up great ideas and writing your pitches and bravely sharing them with everyone for feedback, but also for doing such a great job of revising based on that feedback. The choice this month was one of the toughest, and you should all be really proud of yourselves. I hope you found it an educational and helpful experience even though Erin won’t get to read your pitches!
Now then. I’ve had as long a break as I can stand from talking about chocolate and I’m ready for something gooey and chocolatey and delicious. How about you?
For today’s Something Chocolate, let’s have Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites (which really by all rights should probably also contain the words ooey gooey in the name! 🙂 ) because they look SO GOOD!
Nom nom nom nom nom…
I think our mouths are going to be full for a while… also, a beverage would be lovely – anything with chocolate and peanut butter demands coffee, tea or milk (or a milkshake) to wash it down!
I feel restored!
Ready to tackle today’s pitch?
It comes to us from Jill who says, “I’m retired, living in the woods. I love to rhyme and take photographs, though usually not at the same time. I’m a lover of music and avocados. In a room full of people, I can be found hiding in the back.”
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Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Socks Off
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 2+)
The Pitch: A child delights in spending the day feeling the world against his bare feet. The happy feet prickle, muddle and tickle. When a run-in with a cat causes clawing and clashing, a mud puddle leads to a trail of muck. But it’s nothing bubbling and scrubbing can’t fix.
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 Jill 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 March, 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!
Jill is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to the Valentiny Contest which will open in less than 48 hours!!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂