Hello my friends who I’m down to seeing once a week these days!
I hope everyone who celebrates had a fabulous Fourth!
I spent a good portion of mine hiding in the basement behind the drum set comforting my trembling dog! Poor Jemmie. She does not like fireworks or thunder one single eensy weensie teeny tiny little itty bitty bit!
Scouty, meanwhile, lay flat out and snoring without a care in the world – completely oblivious! If only she could explain to Jemmie that this too shall pass and there’s no need to fret!
But until that day, all moments of terror require crouching in the corner behind the drum set. So comfortable. 😊
Speaking of drums, let’s get to the June Pitch Pick!
(How’s that for a non sequitur? 😊)
Our June pitchers took your helpful advice to heart and set about revising their pitches for your vote. Please read through them, choose your favorite, and vote for it in the poll below by Sunday July 14 at 9 PM Eastern. The winning pitch will be sent to editor Erin Molta for her comments!!! 😊
Here are the pitches:
#1 – Deborah – Farmer Jo and the Chicken Coop Calamity (PB 4-8)
Henrietta, Goldie, and Pearl are three chickens with grand ideas. After convincing Farmer Jo to build improvements on their hen house, word spreads and many new chickens come to the farm to roost. But the weight of the situation proves to much to bear and the results are shattering as the hen house splinters apart.
#2 – Diana – Wrong Way, Ray (PB 4-8)
Ray’s poor sense of direction heads the flock of geese off in the wrong direction each time it’s his turn to lead them south for the winter. The gaggle are ready to give him the boot. When a raptor attacks the gaggle, Ray flies into action to save his feathered friends.
#3 – Ana – Bella The Best Quits Again (PB 4-8)
Bella, a Latina girl as sassy as Junie B. Jones, quits everything she (barely) tries because she’s not the best at it: her backflips look like giraffes rolling downhill & her dulce de leche frosting: crocodile skin. Bella must learn it’s ok to try again or she won’t be good @ anything. For kids who enjoy The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.
#4 – Christina – Aurora Takes The Lead (formerly Mommy Is Not A Morning Person) (PB 4-8)
AURORA TAKES THE LEAD is a role-reversing romp about how to be a leader, when you’re the smallest one in the house. Spunky Aurora flies out of bed, bent on getting her family up and out the door on time. It’s field trip day, and like it or not, those sea lions wait for nobody. But there are road blocks along the way. Baby Olive won’t stop bawling. Big brother AJ refuses to brush his own teeth. And Mommy has one hand stuck on the snooze button. It’s up to Aurora to pull on the parenting pants (just for fun!) in the ultimate battle to the school bus.
And now I think we all deserve Something Chocolate! (Don’t we always? 😊)
How about some No Bake Chocolate Ricotta Cake (because it’s summer and while we all want to eat chocolate no one wants to overheat their kitchen with baking!)
Chocolate Ricotta Cake
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Nadishka. Nadishka Aloysius is a teacher, actor, author, blogger and mother of two boys. All her books are intimately related to life-experiences, and although they are all based in her home country of Sri Lanka they are generic enough for an international audience.
Nadishka loves reading crime fiction and fantasy and this is reflected in her writing. She conducts creative writing workshops and school visits to share her love of literature. As an actor, she prefers to play the antagonist since it allows her to explore the darker sides of human nature.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: The Fishing Cat Who Found Her Home
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 2-7)
The Pitch: Fiona is a fishing cat. She doesn’t realize how special she is until she survives a terrifying journey. Abandoned by her human family, she escapes predators and finds her way to a Wetland Sanctuary. This is the first in a new series aimed at educating children about endangered species in Sri Lanka. I have already partnered with the Urban Fishing Cat Conservation Project and I have some fun facts and an educational element to the book. The story also teaches youngsters to persevere when times are hard.
(Nadishka mentioned she’s still deciding on the cat’s name.)
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 Nadishka 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!
Nadishka is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to continuing all the fun with MOON’S FIRST FRIENDS! I am doing a countdown to the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing on FB, Instagram (and twitter sometimes although twitter just baffles me), so there are lots of recipes, fun facts, activities, and even a giveaway or two! Come join the fun!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 😊