Happy Wednesday, Everyone!
I don’t know about you guys, but now that autumn is officially here I’m wondering what’s up in the animal kingdom.
The only wooly bear caterpillar I’ve seen suggested a mild winter (mostly brown, only a little black at nose and tail.)
But the acorns are falling like nobody’s business – pattering down on the garage roof and the driveway and all through the woods almost constantly –
and the bears are out and about more noticeably than usual.
Last week I saw one little bear in the woods while out horseback riding (luckily my fearless steed was unperturbed by the experience. And by “unperturbed” I mean she happened to be looking the other way and was thusly oblivious 🙂 ) Then, not two days later, another little bear trundled across the Clove Valley Road in front of my car – not so close that we were in any danger of bumping into each other, but close enough for a good view! (This video is actually from last summer, not last week, but I was unable to video whilst driving 🙂 )
What does this mean?
In the old days, I’d think it was a sign of a hard winter. But these days, what with global warming, that doesn’t seem possible. So I think Mother Nature is just having fun at our expense 🙂
In any case, it definitely calls for Something Chocolate because, well, really , around here, doesn’t everything? 🙂 Today I think we should feast on Pecan Pie Bars Dipped In Chocolate, partly because they sound delicious (and everyone knows pecans are good for you! 🙂 ) and partly because they come from a website called Hugs And Cookies and what could be better than that?!
Pecan Pie Bars Dipped In Chocolate
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Sri who says, “A little bit about me: I love writing stories and reading them to my little kids who turn out to be some of my strongest critiques. I have self published some of my stories but I am looking forward to that day when I can call myself a published author in the more traditional sense!”
Sri gained her inspiration to write stories because of her two young kids who love to read books. Her kids love her stories and are in fact her best critics! Sri presently lives and works as a research administrator in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Sri is also the author of Tales of Rishi and Neela which was published in April 2019. When she is not working or driving her kids around for classes and play dates, Sri likes to spend her leftover time creating jewelry or listening to podcasts.
Here is her pitch:
Age/Genre: Early Reader/Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Nikita has a problem, rather a huge problem. The problem is that she is small – smaller than all of her friends. Everyone in her kindergarten class call her little Nikita. Her friends think it is cute to call her that way but Nikita does not like it a wee bit. Nikita complains to her mom who is also hmm…short but her Mom dusts her off saying that’s just in our genetics. Genetics .. whatever that means, Nikita thinks. Nikita’s fate withLittle Nikita continues until one day a huge insect comes into the class and scares the peanut butter out of everyone; well, everyone except Nikita, who is small but really brave. The rest of this funny story revolves around how Nikita works bravely to trap the huge insect to release it outside. She thus rewrites her name from Little Nikita to Mighty Nikita – a name that she is absolutely proud of.
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 Sri 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 about 2 openings left for this year, so if you want one, let me know! You can polish your pitch and put it up for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read and commented on by editor Erin Molta!
Sri is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to writing something new today. Who knows what? Maybe something fun! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂