It’s Would You Read It Wednesday!
And tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means (technically) I should be vacuuming.
Rating household chores on a scale of 1 to 5, where
1 = “I am filled with joy at the prospect of making my little home sparkle no matter what the task at hand, 🎶tra-la🎶”
5 = “GAH!!! why is this MY job?!”,
cleaning the bathrooms comes in at 963 (“What kind of animals LIVE in this house?! and seriously who scrubs tile grout with a toothbrush?!”
but vacuuming, due to a recent moment of sheer genius, comes in at a mere 37 (“Hmmm…. maybe I can teach the dogs to vacuum up their own hair!”)
Since I haven’t taught them to do it yet, though, and they’re currently exceedingly busy with other more important jobs
telling secrets on the stair landing. . . and catching up on their beauty sleep. . .
it looks like I’m on my own for now so I’d better stop lollygagging about and get to it!
Down to business!
I’m happy to announce that the winner of the October Pitch Pick is Sri with her ER/PB pitch for Mighty Little Nikita! Congratulations, Sri! Your pitch is on its way to editor Erin Molta for her comments. I’m sure you will hear from her at her earliest convenience!
And congratulations to our other fabulous pitchers as well! Since it’s Thanksgiving, here is a virtual chocolate turkey for each of you 🙂
And while we’re on the subject of chocolate, how about a little Something Chocolate for everyone? I’m thinking it’s a perfect day for Thanksgiving Pecan Pie Brownies!
Thanksgiving Pecan Pie Brownies
Do those look scrumptious or what?!
And I know I don’t need to tell you how healthy they are! Everyone knows that pecans are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants and that brownies are an excellent source of. . . brownies 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Megan who says, “I am a former early education teacher, marketing manager, and photographer. I am also a mom of two, Art Literacy volunteer, library junky, and bookstore crawler. Living in my children’s world provides constant inspiration. And now that both of my children are in school full-time, I am lucky enough to be able to pursue my dream of writing.”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Wired To Worry
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Every day new Bitty Bots arrive on doorsteps in smiling boxes ready to lead perfectly programmed lives. But what happens when two Caring Bots notice an extra worry port on their new Bitty Bot? Returns are not allowed. The instruction manual is no help. And all Bitty Bot’s clicking, shaking, and leaking is driving them mad. Is Bitty Bot’s attempt to mail himself back the solution or the jolt they all need to manage their feelings?
Megan also shared the inspiration for her story: Inspiration: My daughter struggled with some significant anxiety as a young child. When a local Portland, Oregon artist (Gary Hirsch) visited her elementary school to share his Botjoy Project, I knew I wanted to write a story about robots and feelings. What better way to explore the overwhelming power of feelings than with something not meant to have any at all?
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 Megan 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 February, 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!
Megan is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to when my dogs learn how to vacuum! That is going to be a banner day, let me tell you! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂
And a happy, healthy, love and family-filled Thanksgiving to all those who will be celebrating. I hope you all have much to be thankful for. ❤