Good Wednesday to you all!
I want to start today’s post with a little something special – just a tiny sneak peek at my new book baby. It had it’s birthday yesterday 🎈🎉🎈
This was kind of a different project for me – a work-for-hire where I turned a grown-up book into a picture book. It was a challenge to make it kid-friendly…and in rhyme! But it was fun and I think the book came out super cute!
Because the idea belonged to someone else, my name appears only on the inside title page…but I did in fact write the words 🙂
Sydney did an absolutely amazing job with the art! So adorable!
Anyway, thank you for indulging me in my little book baby celebration :). I think it would be a great Mother’s Day present for a child, or a new mom, or a not-so-new mom, or a grandmom… 🙂
(It has a companion that will be out in another month in time for Father’s Day… but I won’t force that on you now! 🙂 )
Now then! Down to actual business! First, we have Straight From The Editor for January! You will recall the winner was Dedra with her pitch for Mawbelina Ballerina (PB ages 3-8):
Mawbelina Ballerina is a young weenie dog desperate to go to dance school with her older siblings. Being the youngest of the family frustrates Mawbelina. Not long enough or tall enough to go, she pirouettes and pliés, whines and pouts until she realizes there is time for dance school later. She understands being home with her mom is special. See how she learns a lesson in patience and decides being small can be fun.
Editor Erin Molta says:
This seems like it could be cute but I’d trim it a tad and try to make it more fun, rather than preachy. Perhaps something like below with something more specific—like what does she do with her mother that’s so special, rather than staying home? Do they make dog treats or is her being small a way to help her mother when nobody else can? Something like that SHOWS an editor, rather than tells her.
Mawbelina Ballerina is a young weenie dog desperate to go to dance school with her older siblings. Being the youngest of the family frustrates Mawbelina. Not long enough or tall enough to go, she whines and pouts until she realizes staying home with her mom is special and being small can be fun.
As always, I find Erin’s comments so insightful, and I hope you do too!
Next, I think we can all agree you have earned your Something Chocolate break by listening to me ramble on about my new book! We’re edging toward Easter, and I thought these looked pretty and delicious, so have at them! 🙂
Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Mary. Mary is a picture book writer who lives in Minnesota, so she’ll be enjoying Spring around mid-July! She can be a goofball, and tends to add one or more layers of humor to her manuscripts. She’s currently in the process of training her dog to be a reading therapy animal. He’s sort of a goofball too, so he may never pass the test. But they’ll have fun trying!
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: April’s Shower
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-7)
The Pitch: Flaming space rocks, smoochy frilly weddings, and pirates are things April is determined to avoid when her mom suggests taking her first shower. Armed with her wild imagination and precise plans, she takes avoidance to a whole new level. When failures and consequences escalate and she ends up covered in mud, sitting in grimy bath water isn’t an option. But this girl can push the very definition of shower to the limit.
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 Mary 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 June, so you have time to polish your pitch before putting it up for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read and commented on by editor Erin Molta!
Mary is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to seeing all my siblings on Friday when we celebrate my dad’s birthday together, a couple weeks early, but when people are traveling from Georgia you gotta do it when you can do it! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂