Hey there, Peeps!
How are things in your reading, writing, teaching, library-ing, and parenting worlds today?
There is snow in my world, and it’s making me want to write a picture book about snow. The Snowy Day has been done 🙂 but there’s got to be another possibility!
For any of you who didn’t notice the post I snuck in on Sunday evening, the guidelines for the 4th Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Contest have been posted! And for those of you who did see it, the prize list has been updated! 🙂 So hop on over and check it out.
Then hop back here and make your choice in the October Pitch Pick!
Here are the revised pitches from our talented October participants. Please read through them and choose the one you think is best and most deserving of a read and comments from editor Erin Molta, then vote for your pick in the poll below by Sunday February 3 at 5 PM (see? you’ll be done before the Super Bowl! 🙂 )
#1 – Katie – The Night There Was No Bedtime (PB ages 3-6)
Mischievous Bedtime decides sleeping is boring. When she and one playful little girl sneak outside for some starlit hide & seek, parents everywhere wonder if their children will ever sleep again—until Bedtime discovers the one thing that makes sleeping sound fun.
#2 – Ciara – Drop The Dragon (PB ages 4-12)
Dragon theft is a real problem for Lily. Her best frenemy, the family dog, is a pilfering pup. To thwart the theft of her toy dragon, Lily engineers towers, traps, and more. But when their toy disappears, these two must join forces to save their beloved dragon.
#3 – Meghan – Weeping Willow (PB ages 4-10)
Todd is a young boy that faces an unexpected choice: one that could ruin or fulfill his new friend’s deepest dreams. She is a tree that yearns to be made into something magical, but the consequence might be too much for Todd to bear. Can he handle the pressure?
#4 – Sarah – The Punching Ballerina (PB ages 4-8)
KC, a karate student, longs to take ballet lessons. He weaves all things dance throughout his days, which encourages negative attention at school. After several minor social losses, a group of kids confronts him on the playground. He sticks up for himself peacefully, winning confidence, and gaining something else.
Thank you all in advance for your votes! I think everyone has earned Something Chocolate! I’m on a Valentines theme apparently, started last week with the creme filled chocolate cake hearts, so let’s have heart-shaped butter cookies dipped in chocolate today!
Easy Cream Cheese Butter Valentines Cookies
That’s what I call breakfast/second-breakfast/elevenses/afternoon snack/dessert/bedtime snack/midnight snack! Perfect for dunking in coffee/hot chocolate/milk/maybe even tea 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Fanny who says, “I’m a Chinese-American writer who used to design multicultural dolls and puppets for the early childhood education market. After my retirement, it’s natural I want to write for children.”
Find her on the web at www.fannywrites.com
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Hazel Lee Flew A Fighter Plane As Well As Any Man
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 6-9)
The Pitch: A Chinese-American woman fighter pilot in WWII? No way! Women shouldn’t be flying alone, they are too nervous, too emotional. But Hazel Lee is not the stereotyped Chinese women!
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 Fanny 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 could get your pitch up pretty soon for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read and commented on by editor Erin Molta!
Fanny is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to writing my snow story! I hope I get farther with it than I did with last week’s pie story! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂
Oh, and P.S. If I manage to scrape it together, I will post a Straight From The Editor post with the 6 I have hopefully on Saturday or Sunday!