Hello again, my friends!
Today is the kind of day that requires cake! 🎂
That is because this little chickadee
is 22 today! Hard to believe…especially since I’m still 29 😊
We’ll be having cake (chocolate of course) right after the pitch pick, but in the meantime, Happy Birthday to the girl who is the poster child for last-could-never-ever-in-a-million-billion-years-be-least! 💕
Ready for the April Pitch Pick?
I present to you the new and improved pitches from the talented April WYRI participants! Please read through the choices and then vote for your favorite in the poll below by Sunday May 13 at 7 PM Eastern.
#1 – Mary – April Showers (PB 4-8)
April adores taking big bubbly baths. When Mom suggests a shower, April’s imagination runs wild with fears of fiery space rocks, smoochy weddings, and pirates! Armed with determination and precise plans, April takes avoidance to a whole new level. In the end, her resourcefulness is the key to helping her wash away her fears. APRIL’S SHOWER combines the literal thinking of Amelia Bedelia with the humorous logic of The Big Bed by Bunmi Latidan.
#2 – Maria – Clean Kitty Super Suds (PB 4-8)
Andi T. Vipperman was born with a true knack for business and a bit lazy streak when it comes to homework. But, he mustmake it out of 1st grade before he can make it on Wall Street.
Will the stow-away in his backpack help him razzle-dazzle Ms. Stegman with his final project? Or, does Andi create a “cat”astrophe that dooms himself to summer school or even worse?
*** Disclaimer: No animals were hurt in the making of this story!
#3 – Sarah – To Brighten A Birthday (PB 5-8) (formerly Lane Makes Mama Smile)
As Lane’s birthday nears, he pictures every detail of his special day: a party…caramel brownies…animal balloons. But Mama stares out the window, with eyes as empty as their new home. Lane hugs her, breathing in her perfume of paint and gloom. He suggests they go for a walk in the sunshine, or watch a funny movie – Mom doesn’t want to do either. Lane works with his dad to find a clever way to succeed, realizing that his mother is still capable of much love…and birthday celebrations!
#4 – Nadia – My Pet Phoenix (Graphic Novel ages 8-12)
Arka desperately longs for a pet. Her father doesn’t think she is responsible enough to have one. She makes a wish under a dark moon, but instead inherits an ailing phoenix from her uncle. He tasks her to take the dying phoenix to Sun City before the next full moon to retrieve something special. With less than 30 days and more than one Sun City on the map, Arka must journey through the eight phases of the moon to get the ailing phoenix to the right Sun City or it will die. And, if the phoenix dies, Arka will not be able to complete her journey.
And now, I think we have waited long enough for Something Chocolate! Bring out the cake!
Raw Chocolate Cheesecake (from a Healthy Dessert Blog!)
(it says healthy right on the blog!)
You’ll note that I’m serving health food – chocolate cake that comes from a healthy dessert blog – because I always have your best interests at heart! So, feel free to have multiple slices, since it’s good for you and all… 😊
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Nicole.
Nicole is a mom, social worker, member of SCBWI, and a big believer in Unicorns. You can find her on Twitter @
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Thaddeus, The Unicorn
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Thaddeus isn’t like other unicorns – he doesn’t have a flashy name, he can’t sing or dance, and his special power is a bit of a…well…snooze. But when an angry dragon attacks town and threatens his little sister, Thaddeus must put his best hoof forward and save the day.
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 Nicole 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 September, 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!
Nicole is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to birthday celebrations! In the words of everyone’s friend, Max, “Let the wild rumpus start!”
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂