Golly it’s been a busy week so far!
Somehow I’ve posted three days in a row! Sorry about that!
But Tuesday and Wednesday are regular, and I had to get the Halloweensie Contest guidelines up on Monday to give you all some time to write… and at least you get a day off before PPBF… So next week we’ll be back to normal!
Today, however, I’m delighted to announce that the winner of the June Pitch Pick is Patricia with her PB pitch for Amy’s Birdsong Aires/American Composer Amy Cheney Beach! Congratulations on a fabulous pitch for an interesting-sounding book, Patricia! Your pitch is on its way to editor Erin Molta for her comments.
Congratulations also to all our other pitchers who worked hard on writing and revising their pitches and were brave enough to share them with us. All your stories sound wonderful, and I hope the WYRI experience has helped you strengthen your pitches for future use with agents and editors!
Onward now to the July Pitch Pick – the last of the catch-ups, finally! I so appreciate all of you being willing to read and vote for weeks in a row!
You all know the ropes by now! 🙂 but please read through the pitches and vote for your favorite in the poll below by Sunday October 14 at 9PM Eastern.
#1 – Katie – A BRUSH WITH DISASTER (PB ages 5-9) (previously titled The Boys Who Brushed Teeth Too Much)
Excited about a new toothbrush gaming app, Advik challenges neighbors then nations to compete. Brother Barun doesn’t bite. Instead, he boosts traditional brushing across communities and continents. When overbrushing overruns the world, the boys just stick to their ‘gums.’ Until tooth care supplies run out. United by need, they face (and fix) the painful impacts of their extreme habits. This modernized Panchatantra fable offers layers appealing to ages 5-9.
#2 – Gabrielle – MAGGIE’S NEW BIKE
Maggie wants shiny new wheels, not Dad’s old rust bucket. When Dad hints she could get one after she learns how to ride, Maggie gives the junker a second look. With determination and her barnyard cheering section of hens and roosters, Maggie soon discovers not every treasure comes from a store. This is a delightful story of one girls’ never-give-up attitude.
#3 – Sherry – Firestarter (MG Action/Adventure)
12 year old Cody’s mother left on the last day of school, and the care of his sisters and the small farm became his responsibility while his father works from dawn to dusk. Anxious to get away from his sisters demands and his father’s constant belittling, he makes plans to run away. But when smoke appears on the ridge above their home, he has to make a choice—fight the fire or leave his family to fend on their own. And to make matters worse, he has a secret that could cause him to lose his family for good and land him in jail.
#4 – Greg – The Remindeer (PB ages 4-10)
Wally has a very important job, to make sure everything goes smoothly for Santa on Christmas Eve. After going through his checklist and seeing Santa off, he discovers a present for Laurie has been left behind.
Unlike the other reindeer, Wally can’t fly. He calls a delivery service and finds out they are too busy to deliver the present. He’ll have to find another way to deliver the present and save Christmas for Laurie.
It’s a tough choice, I know! But please vote if you can!
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Something Chocolate! (Although I’m pretty much always ready for Something Chocolate, so that’s not news 🙂 ). How about some Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies?
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies
Scrumptious! Luckily I made tons so everyone can have two or five or twenty or however many they want 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Ciara who says, “I am a former teacher, mother of five, and corgi lover. I love puns. I might make them on an hourly basis. And I definitely think that there should be a job where one can be a personal shopper of picture books. That’s a thing, right?”
Find her on the web at ciaraoneal.weebly.com
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Drop The Dragon
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-12)
The Pitch: A little girl’s best frenemy, the family dog, keeps stealing her toy dragon. Using her resourcefulness and imagination, she tries to thwart the theft. When the toy is held captive by the dreaded clothes line, these two will have to work together to save their beloved dragon.
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 Ciara 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 is an opening next week! – October 17! – so someone send me a pitch! 🙂 Additional openings in November, so you could get your pitch up pretty soon for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read and commented on by editor Erin Molta!
Ciara is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to getting all the prizes organized for the Halloweensie Contest! I’m still searching for an agent or editor who would be willing to give a read and critique of a PB manuscript, so if any of you know anyone, please have your people get in touch with my people! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂