Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday!
I am having so much fun this week! Crazy and busy, but totally fun! My new books are about to launch, and the swag and activity pages and blog tour and book trailers, etc. are all starting to come together and I can’t wait to share everything with you! I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such talented illustrators! And so lucky to have the support of so many wonderful, generous kidlit bloggers as well as lovely people who have agreed to read the books and consider reviewing them! I hope you’re going to enjoy it all as much as I do. I think there’s a not-so-subtle reason I’m drawn to writing for the picture book age… I may well still be there myself! 🙂
It’s all going to kick off here on July 1, good lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise! I’m a little afraid of how close that date is when I think of everything I still have to do! But for now, let’s focus on Would You Read It! 🙂
First, we have Straight From The Editor for May! You will recall winner Cortney’s pitch for Olive Hills (PB ages 3-6):
Elle’s mind drifts through an olive grove as she tries to keep memories of her grandma alive. She surprisingly finds herself with a familiar, yet forgetful brontosaurus. The two set out to retrace their footprints in hope to relive fading memories. When they reach the giant tree where Elle’s grandma used to sit and reflect, they discover love ones will always be with you no matter where they are.
Here are Erin’s thoughts:
This sounds like it could be a lovely picture book but I’m getting stuck on the brontosaurus. How is he familiar… and forgetful? Dinosaurs and death are pretty disparate concepts for kids age 3-6 and you need to somehow clarify that link in this pitch.
As always, I find Erin’s comments very illuminating! I hope they’re helpful to you too – and to Cortney as she continues to perfect this manuscript and pitch!
Now then, burning the candle at both ends as I am, I feel in need of Something Chocolate right this minute! What should we have today?
You know I’m nothing if not health-conscious… 🙂 so how about a little Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread?! (Note the ZUCCHINI in the title…like I said, health food 🙂 )
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD
Also, I hope you noticed that it is clearly called “bread”, not “cake”, so again with the health benefits and it is perfectly okay to eat it for breakfast! 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Katy who says, “I’m a Design Director who does branding and packaging design the north of the UK and am very much an early stages writer. Because of my creative job I love to have an outlet for my other ideas and like to sketch, illustrate and create story’s and picture books amusing children’s characters that are usually based on animals.”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: The Snugglebeast And The Spotty Sock
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-7)
Have you ever stopped to ponder,
where all your lost socks go.
Where on Earth could they possibly wander?
You know the ones I mean,
your best socks, the very favourite kind
Where do they end up?
We seek them out, but we never can find?
Discover the world of a tiny, secretive, sneaky little creature, who adventures out at night in the night in a plot to steal your socks.
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 Katy 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 July, so you could get your pitch up pretty soon for for helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read and commented on by editor Erin Molta!
Katy is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to getting everything done so we can all start off on this crazy, wonderful book launch blog tour!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂