Woo hoo! It’s Wednesday!
And that means it’s time for Would You Read It!!!
But first, this week, we get to choose our favorite pitch from May!
Our brave and industrious pitchers took all of your helpful advice to heart and worked hard to improve their pitches. The results are below.
Please read through the 5 May pitches carefully and decide which one you think is best – most makes you Want To Read It! 😊 – and then vote for your favorite in the poll below by Sunday June 23 at 9PM Eastern. The winning pitch will be sent o editor Erin Molta for her comments!!!
May Pitch Pick
#1 – Nadine – Puffcaso (PB ages 4-8)
The ocean art contest is days away. Pufferfish is diligent at creating his masterpiece only to have it destroyed by a hostile and fearsome deep-ocean dweller. However, a faceoff with his adversary leads Pufferfish to learn the value of teamwork.
#2 – Nicole – The Reluctant Unicorn (PB ages 4-8)
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. When a dragon attacks town, Thaddeus will gladly let the other unicorns take the spotlight. But when the dragon accidentally threatens his little sister, Thaddeus must put his best hoof forward and save the day.
#3 – Sarah – Cake, By Sloth And Ant (PB ages 3-7)
Friends Sloth and Ant bake a cake. While Ant is up to her feelers in flour, however, Sloth sleeps. Sloth awakes and sneaks a sample of the finished product, and Ant gets angry. Uh-oh! Sloth whips up an apology and Ant adds a hug to the mixture. Sloth comes up with the perfect ingredient for the finishing touch.
#4 – Keely – How We Say, “I Love You” (PB ages 5-8)
Evangeline’s older sister cannot use her voice to speak and often gets upset. When her sister pulls her hair, it hurts. Evangeline wishes her sister could just tell her she loves her. As she begins to listen in different ways to her sister, Evangeline starts to “hear” her a little more clearly. In “How We Say ‘I Love you!’” Evangeline not only begins to understand her sister better, but she also finds creative ways to show her that she loves her, despite their different ways of communicating.
#5 – Andrew – Dorian And The Silent Piano (PB ages 6-8)
In a search to find his talent, Dorian becomes captivated by an old man playing a piano with great gusto and joy. There’s just one problem-Dorian is deaf. Guided by the old man, Dorian struggles to read music, hear notes, and learn proper hand movement across the keys. As their special friendship develops, Dorian learns that talent can be one of heart.
I know! Tough decision! How about a little Something Chocolate to ease the trauma of having to choose! 😊
Chocolate Cake With Whipped Chocolate Frosting
The decision trauma is practically a thing of the past already after that scrumptious and delicious cake, wouldn’t you say? I hope you all feel sunshiny and re-energized!!! 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Ana who says, “I’m also a sassy Latina with two books for children in Brazil. One of them received “Honorable Mention” by the “Brazilian Academy of Letters.” My Spanish Easy Reader–EL PATO QUIERE UVAS –will be released in the fall of 2019 by “Teacher’s Discovery.” When I’m not writing, I’m having a blast creating stories in Spanish with my elementary students. I’m an active member of SCBWI, Storyteller Academy and 12×12.”
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Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Bella The Best Quits Again
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: BELLA THE BEST QUITS AGAIN (520 words) is a laugh-out-loud picture book about growth-mindset. Gifted kids are expected to be the best at everything. Bella, a sassy Latina inspired by Junie B. Jones, quits everything she (barely) tries because she’s not the best at it: her backflips look like giraffes rolling downhill and her dulce de leche frosting like crocodile skin. Some empanadas de chicken waffles might be the first step to a determined Bella. It’s written for kids 4-8 who enjoy The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Garry Rubinstein.
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 Ana 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!
Ana is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to Friday which is the first official day of summer! Fingers crossed it won’t rain and we’ll get our local fireworks show!!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 😊