I hope you all enjoyed lovely family weekends for Easter or Passover if you celebrate, and lovely weekends Just Because if you don’t!
We had an unexpected little break from Tuesday Debut yesterday because the author who was on the schedule had other commitments, so hopefully you are all feeling rested and relaxed 😊
It’s been a pretty fun week for me so far. I got to see the covers of three new books I have coming out October 1, November 1, and December 1, so that was VERY exciting!
Plus the edits are finished for a 2020 book, so that is a good feeling!
But blah blah blah! Enough about me!
It’s time for the February/March Pitch Pick, so let’s have a look at that!
Our pitchers have taken your helpful comments to heart and revised their work to reflect your feedback. Please have a read through the pitches below and then vote for the one you think is best and most deserving of a read and comments by editor Erin Molta by Sunday April 28 at 5 PM Eastern.
#1 – Amitha – The Genchi War (YA)
Amethyst Capricorn, a sixteen year old girl, has never fit in. Over the years, she has always been an outcast at school due to a near death experience that unearthed a secret that only some in the afterlife know. Upon her return to Earth, Amethyst receives some magical abilities that leads her to find others who also know the secret that could destroy humanity. She is taken away to a new world (Genchi) to guard said secret, but instead, she uncovers a prophecy with roots in the ‘accident’ that began her journey to Genchi. Amethyst is left no choice but to reveal the Afterlife Secret to everyone on Earth and win a hidden war against an ancient foe who holds her family hostage, or leave both worlds to die along with her family.
#2 – Sarah – SCHOOL-BERRY MUFFINS (PB 5-8)
Doug’s school bus is hi-jacked by an alien named Blob, who expects his captives to help him look for the ingredients to make school-berry muffins. With limited knowledge of earthly customs and language, Blob urges the kids to help him on his quest. When Doug realizes Blob intends for the kids to be the school-berries, he comes up with a plan, using Blob’s confusion to outsmart the muffin-making alien.
Today is exciting because for (I’m pretty sure) the first time we have a pitch for a graphic novel!
#3 – Shell – Mommy, Where’s Daddy (PB 3-7)
After Dylan’s day dream of flying fabulous airplanes with his pilot Daddy is interrupted by his Moms insistence of bedtime, he comes up with countless tricks to delay going to bed until he realizes his sleep dream is the way back to being the wingman of his dreams!
#4 – Sarah – Charley Finds Her Family (PB 3-7)
WHO’S IN MY FAMILY X OTTER
When Charley Sock-kitty discovers socks come in pairs, she wonders if she has a twin. Her stuffed friends help her search for her #family. But she finds she had one all along. CHARLEY FINDS HER FAMILY helps kids understand mixed families
#5 – Sarah – Trapped In Trash (PB 3-7)
Three rat friends leave the pack to find a snack they don’t have to share. After feasting on the treats of all rats’ dreams, they become trapped inside a trash can. They nudge, but it won’t budge. They stack on each other’s backs, but fail. They holler for help, hoping the rat pack still has their backs.
#6 – Joyce – Bear Is Hungry For An ABC Win (PB 4-8)
BEAR IS HUNGRY FOR AN ABC WIN is a picture book with recipes for children ages 4-8 to bake with family members. After Bear taste-tested his way out of the last Amazing Baking Contest, he has a lot to prove to his fellow animals. He bakes his way from A to Z for their ABC entry with hopes of saving his reputation and the Patty Cakes Café.
Please vote by Sunday April 28 at 5 PM Eastern – many thanks!
I don’t know about you, but all that reading and evaluating and choosing and voting has brought on an attack of the vapors! I think we need a little Something Chocolate pick-me-up! Don’t worry, we’re going SUPER healthy this morning! Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes made out of oatmeal!
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cups
For those of you who struggle with your food groups, that is salad (chocolate – see last week’s post 😊), protein (peanut butter) and all-around-health-food whole grain cholesterol-lowerer (oatmeal)!
That spells YUM!
(Actually I think it technically spells SPAAHFWGCL but that is really hard to say! 😊)
Now that you are fueled with high-energy, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Nadia. Nadia writes picture book and graphic novel manuscripts covering South Asian and Caribbean culture, STEM, non-fiction and humor themes.
Find her on the web at:
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: My Pet Phoenix
Age/Genre: Graphic Novel (ages 8-12)
The Pitch: When Arka’s wish for a pet, gives her an ailing phoenix instead, she must journey through eight phases of the moon and several Sun City’s to keep it alive.
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 Nadia 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 could get your pitch up pretty soon for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read and commented on by editor Erin Molta!
Nadia is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to seeing whether the wild flowers I planted at the edge of my yard come up or get mowed down by the deer before they even have a chance to sprout all the way up out of the ground. Common sense tells me one thing, but my innate optimism urges me to bet the other way (with fingers crossed! 😊) We’ll just have to wait and see who is right and who 🦌 has wildflower snackums 😊
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 😊