Mmmm-mmm good! Scrumptious breakfast perfection for summertime! 😊
Now that we’re all fortified, let’s get right to the July Pitch Pick!
Our pitchers for this month have taken your helpful advice to heart and revised their pitches. Please read through and evaluate them and decide which one you think is best and most deserves a read and comments from editor Erin Molta, then vote in the poll below by Sunday July 28 at 9PM Eastern.
#1 – Nancy – Cupid’s Tango – (PB ages 4-8)
Cupid, the prairie chicken, has his feathers all in a twist over his flock’s step dance contest. If he fails, no hen will pick him to go to the All Species Ball. The problem – he is horrible at step dancing and when he’s nervous, he’s worse. When the contest ends in disaster, Cupid is determined to find a dance he loves and win a hen’s heart to go to the ball.
#2 – Nadishka – The Fishing Cat Who Found Her Home (PB ages 2-7)
The story is about a fishing cat who overcomes adversity and finds out where she truly belongs.
Fiona lives with her adopted family who rescued her off the highway. However, they realize she is a fishing cat and since it is illegal to keep endangered animals as pets they abandon her in a forested area. Having lived in a human household from when she was very young, she has to use her wits to survive. She escapes the jaws of a monitor lizard and she learns to forage for food. She learns to avoid road traffic and garbage dumps. Finally, she meets an adult fishing cat who teaches her more about her species and escorts her to a Wetland Sanctuary.
Fishing cats are a type of small wildcat that lives in wetland areas. They get that unique name because they are able to swim underwater and fish for food. They are an endangered species. This book is 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 researchers at the Conservation Project have already confirmed that the storyline is quite plausible since many people unknowingly rescue fishing cat kittens. The story also teaches youngsters to persevere when times are hard.
#3 – Corine – Well Spotted, Joey! (Creative nonfiction Short Story ages 8-12)
When nearsighted Joey forgets his glasses at the safari lodge, the morning game drive becomes increasingly frustrating. Every five minutes his family points out another animal and he can’t see beyond the bonnet of the jeep. Just when he is about to burst with anger, a change of focus leads to a discovery that saves the day.
Tough choice, I know! As always! Thank you for voting!!!
It’s the end of July, so I’m going to take a little blogging break. I do have Tuesday Debut-ers scheduled for Tuesday July 30 and Tuesday August 6, so please do stop by and support them!
But otherwise, you are all excused for summer vacation and I’ll see you back here sometime after Labor Day for all our regularly scheduled programming!
Enjoy your summers and families and whatever time off you can get! You deserve it!!! 😊 😊😊
(Which means you are excused from me waxing poetic about tomorrow being the first day of Autumn… or doing any form of interpretive dance to celebrate the very-nearly-here season premiere of Gray’s Anatomy… or practicing my sheep-song-in-progress which I’m composing in anticipation of the upcoming NYS Sheep & Wool Festival… or any of my other tomfoolery… because we have no extra time! Lucky you 🙂 )
So let’s get right down to it, shall we?
You’ll be thrilled to know that at long last we are ready for the June and July Pitch Picks, so here goes! (And a little side note: I don’t want to influence your choices by telling you which ones, but one of these pitches is for a story that has since sold for publication, and one of them earned its author a contract with an agent! How awesome is that? WYRI and all the help you guys give each other is really paying off! 🙂 )
June Pitch Pick
Please read through the 5 pitches below and then vote for the one you think most deserving of a read and critique from editor Erin Molta by Sunday September 25 at 5 PM EDT. Winner will be announced next Wednesday (Sept.28)
#1 Susan – BOSSY BIRD (PB ages 3-8)
Bossy Bird is the largest, loudest and bossiest bird of the bunch. When the fed up flock ruffles HIS feathers, he leaves the safety of the group. With danger crouching around the corner, Bossy Bird must find a way to save the birds that sent him away and discovers that being the boss is not as important as being a friend.
#2 Greg – THE BATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE (PB ages 3-8)
Bogie wakes up to a strange new smell in his puppy nose. He goes to investigate and discovers a tray of paint in the living room. He dives in and enjoys the wonderful new scent and texture.
His brother discovers a paint soaked Bogie and decides to get him cleaned off before their parents return. His brother uses Bogie’s favorite toys and food to lure him into the bath with no luck. What will it take to give Bogie a bath, or is he destined to remain a colorful pooch forever?
#3 Sam – Crab And Gull (PB ages 4-8)
Gull wants Crab’s sandwich. Crab wants Gull to leave him and his sandwich alone. But when Gull goes missing, Crab’s treat just doesn’t taste as sweet. He packs up his food in search of Gull, and finds that sometimes cooking up a friendship a more important than cooking up a seaweed sandwich.
#4 Lindsay – BREAKDANCE BERTIE (PB ages 3-8)
With a grand-prize pool at stake, Bertie the emu wants to wiggle her way to victory in a breakdancing competition, but when hail destroys the boombox, Bertie and her barnyard pals must build their own beat.
#5 Lydia – Dancing Through Space (PB ages 3-7)
3-2-1- Blast off! Dr. Mae Jemison launches into space and accomplishes her childhood dream. Despite challenges along the way, she never gave up and went on to become the first African-American woman to orbit the earth.
July Pitch Pick
Please read through the 4 pitches below and then vote for the one you think most deserving of a read and critique from editor Erin Molta by Sunday September 25 at 5 PM EDT. Winner will be announced next Wednesday (Sept. 28)
#1 Susan – PIZZA FOR THANKSGIVING? (PB ages 3-8)
As Thanksgiving approaches, Lennie is determined to save himself and the other turkeys from their dinner fate.After his adoption plan, escape attempt and turkey slim down plan fall short, the gobbler must turn the tables with a dinner scheme that will deliver the rescue they need before they all become the main course.
#2 PJ – CAMP CRAZY MEATBALLS (PB ages 3-6)
CAMP CRAZY MEATBALLS is a zany picture book about siblings Matt and Morgan. Mom insists they go to camp for a week to break their routine of TV and computer games. But this camp isn’t quite what the kids expected. First, the counselors are talking animals, and second, everything—and I mean EVERYTHING— is made out of meatballs. Even their beds! And meatballs is the only thing on the menu! At first, the kids are thrilled—what kid doesn’t like meatballs—but meatballs morning, noon and night soon drives everyone crazy. In the end, the kids dream up a clever way to solve the dilemma and develop a new appreciation for broccoli.
#3 Robyn – FEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN (Upper MG ages 9-12)
What was supposed to be an idyllic birthday of fun and horseback riding becomes a grueling test of survival.
Thirteen-year-old Anna, a diabetic, doesn’t plan on getting lost in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina without her insulin bottle. But that’s what happens, thanks to the carelessness of Claire, her best friend.
When Claire’s horse gets loose they leave the trail to find him. They find themselves lost with nighttime closing in. Wild animals, a storm, and devastating injuries won’t stop Anna from searching for a way down the mountain. Or will they?
#4 Amy – Grizzie Moon Does NOT Like Cats! (PB ages 3-6)
When Bob the cat accidentally ruins Grizzie Moon’s extraordinary ghoul stew, he must find a way to save the recipe and win the favor of this persnickety witch before her Stitch and Witch Club arrives.
Phew! All that reading and trying to decide which of those amazing pitches is the MOST amazing and deserves your vote is hard work! I think it’s time for Something Chocolate (though of course when do I ever NOT think that? 🙂 ) How about some No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake?!
I thought you’d like that! How can you go wrong when the title includes the words “no bake”, “brownie batter” and cheesecake”?
I believe second helpings are in order… there were TWO pitch picks after all… 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Tina who says, “I am Tina Shepardson , age 50, completing my 27 th year of teaching . Currently I teach grade 6, most of those years have been in the middle school level . My husband and I have a 13 year old daughter , Payton. Our other children are 2 furry Akitas , a breed we adore. I am working on my next career as it would be a dream co e true to write and visit children and teach in a different way.”
The Pitch: Madeleine, a dog living in a shelter is looking for a sense of belonging and desire to make a difference. She has always wanted to compete in a pageant and discovers and opportunity to compete . Her experience leads her to learn a great deal about others . Will she achieve her goals and make a difference?
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 Tina 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 Itor on Would You Read It in the dropdown under For Writers in the bar above. There are openings in October, so you have a little time to polish your pitch before putting it up for helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Tina is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! And I am looking forward to getting my kitchen sink fixed! The sprayer broke, so every time I turn the water on, the sprayer sprays wildly and no water whatsoever comes out of the faucet. It’s like an April Fool prank every time 🙂 The plumber assures me he can come fix it Saturday (by which point I will probably have soaked every item of clothing I possess by turning the water on with my mind on whatever story I’m writing and forgetting about that sprayer 🙂 )
I hope you have all had a lovely week since last we met 🙂
Today, since we’re tying things up before the August break, we have the July Pitch Pick but no new pitch, so less work for you! 🙂
Oh, and of course Something Chocolate to get you fueled up (and rewarded!) for your help!
Let’s start with that because… why not? 🙂 How’s this for perfect summer chocolate?
Okay. Possibly a little weird 🙂 But I’ll bet delicious! 🙂 It has chocolate on it. How can it not be?
Alrighty! Here we go on the July Pitch Pick!
#1 Lavanya – How I Made My Baby Sister (PB ages 3-7) The thing about making a baby sister is, you have to be patient. First, you have to be patient until Mom and Dad realize you have the best idea. Then, you have to be patient for the baby to come out. But hardest of all is being patient while the baby grows big enough to play with you.
#2 Rene – Berr-r-rnice (PB ages 3-5) Wee Woolly Bear caterpillar is STILL eating even though wintry winds are whipping. Journeying to her hibernation destination through mushy mare meadows proves treacherous. Wee Woolly Bear must persevere and ultimately discovers she’s not alone in her troubles. A 390 word story of perseverance and friendship for 3 – 5 year olds.
#3 Kirsten – Stuck In The Muck (PB ages 4-8) Sir Whiskerson loves kitty facials and paw-dicures. When he comes whisker to whisker with a mangy mutt named Sunny, Whiskerson is desperate to remain pristine. But with Sunny stuck in the muck and sinking, Whiskerson must decide whether doing the right thing is worth a gloppy, sloppy fur coat. Please choose the pitch you think most deserves a read and comments by editor Erin Molta and vote for it in the poll below by Sunday August 2 at 5 PM EST. Thank you all so much!
I will miss you all during the next few weeks, but this has been a pretty tough summer so far and I’m afraid I’m going to pretty much disappear from the internet. Good lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you all on September 9 for the next installment of Would You Read It! 🙂
Have a wonderful, happy, relaxing, fun-filled, rejuvenating rest of the summer everyone!!!
I think I speak for all of us when I say I may not feel that much better about not seeing you for a month but boy is that good! 🙂
And now, how about Straight From The Editor for May? Hearing from Erin Molta, our wonderful and helpful visiting editor, always perks us up, doesn’t it?
You will recall that the May Pitch Pick was won by Todd with his pitch for Orville Wright’s Final Flight.
Here is his winning pitch:
Orville Wright’s Final Flight by Todd Burleson (NF PB ages 7-12)
Orville Wright may be best remembered for his first flight, but it was his final flight 41 years later would completely change the world of aviation.
And here are Erin’s thoughts:
This sounds somewhat intriguing but in the crowded nonfiction picture book market you need to give us a little bit more.. Is there any way you can give us a little hint about what made his last flight so special?
That could make or break whether an editor will ask you for the whole manuscript.
As always, I find her thoughts insightful! Thank you, Erin 🙂
And now, it’s time for the July Pitch Pick, which is always so exciting 🙂 Here are our 4 fabulous pitches:
Salim, world traveler, worries about whether he’s packed enough crayons. He worries his backpack will come unzipped. But with his whole family on its way to see Grandma and Grandpa, he’s worried most about his little sister Malika, who never does what she’s supposed to do. On her first trip to the airport, Salim knows that if it’s sticky, Malika will spill it. If there’s an escalator, Malika will get stuck on it. And if there’s a red button, Malika will push it. Desperate to ensure his family gets to the gate on time for their flight, Salim has started work on a Little Travelers’ Guide to Airports. But while he’s busy writing, the irrepressible Malika is busy exploring. When Salim’s sage travel advice comes up against Malika’s infectious sense of adventure, both siblings learn something important from each other about airport travel safety and fun.
(And Michelle adds: Many thanks to all who gave their revision advice. I hope I’ve gotten closer with this version!)
#2 Lavanya – How Not to Be a Monster Meal – Picture Book (K-3) Posey has a brand new room. But something lurks within the gloom — A monster with a riddle dare! And he’s hungry as a bear. If Posey can’t outwit the cretin, little Posey will be eaten…
#3 Brandie – The Trouble With Keeping Vikings – Picture Book (ages 4-6) A boy opens his front door and comes face-to-face with a startling surprise. A Viking horde has come for a visit, and they REEK of mischief. From snot-snakes to clashing swords, the outrageous antics of these pesky pillagers are never-ending. That is until the boy makes a certain phone call that will leave these manner-less brutes quaking in their Viking-boots.
#4 Erin – Love, Emmett – Picture Book (ages 4-8)
Emmett loved books so much that he eventually loved them to pieces…literally. After his favorite one falls apart, Emmett saves the last remaining page, only he can’t remember the story quite right. When his teacher asks the class to share their favorite books, Emmett must decide how to tell the story. But his love for the book might just say everything.
Please vote for the one you think is best and deserves a read by editor Erin Molta by Sunday August 3 at 5 PM.
Thank you so much!
Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks! For rules and where to submit, click on this link Would You Read Itor on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above. There are openings in September so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!
And now, my poppets, I bid you happy August. I hope you all have tons of fun with your families and your writing and reading, swimming, sailing, sunning, hiking, biking, kayaking, riding, playing volleyball, tennis, baseball, or whatever floats your boat – generally enjoying all summer has to offer!
See you September 10 for the return of Would You Read It, and September 12 for the kick off of Perfect Picture Books Year 3!
Next year I would like someone to remind me in June that August is an insane month and I should plan NOTHING!
Since I forgot this year, I’m in over my head. And that’s with only one regular blog post per week! I am seriously hoping that things are going to settle down and get more organized when school starts. Otherwise I shall have to check myself into a home! 🙂
So quick, darlings, everyone help yourself to more of Coleen’s goodies – Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treats today (please note the luscious chocolate drizzle which qualifies them as our Something Chocolate!)
YUM! And totally breakfast because they’ve got the word Rice Krispie right in the title! You really cannot argue with that 🙂
And now let’s get right down to business!
First, we’ve got the July Pitch Pick. Our brave pitchers have taken all your excellent advice to heart and revised their pitches to the best of their abilities. Here are the choices:
#1 Lisa That Tommy Thompson (PB ages 5 and up) Just a girl???? Abigail Richmond was not about to let “that” Tommy Thompson ruin her day. In fact, she has just enough confidence combined with a dash of sass that allows her to prove she can do anything she puts her mind to, just like some other famous women in history. Luckily, she also has the smarts to know what she shouldn’t do.
#2 Rachel The Curse of The Shattered Sceptre (Chapter Book/MG) After accidentally unleashing a torrent of curses, Ollie and his Book Club buddies must use their wits and imagination to unravel a series of twisted clues. In a race against time, will the boys mend the shattered sceptre, restoring the balance of nature, or will they be cursed forever?
#3 Angela Fable Ranger (MG) Swept away in a storm of rose petals, twelve-year-old Case lands in a world of make-believe, chosen by the book of Lorealia as the new Fable Ranger. But in a realm where Prince Charming always saves the day, she’s dismissed…just for being a girl. Proving bravery comes in all packages, Case ventures off to reverse the evil Dovetail’s enchantments. He’s unbalanced magic and forced the Red Rose Bounds to shut down. Unless Case completes the tasks to set magic right, she’ll remain trapped in a spiraling happily-never-after or worse, captured by Dovetail himself.
#4 Vivian The Tomato Turner Gets A Job (PB ages 4 and up) The annual summer bike relay is only two weeks away,but no matter how many times Peter counts the money in his piggy bank, it’s still not enough to buy the new bike he needs to join his best friend’s team. Peter must find a way to earn more…fast! Mixing Gardener’s Gold is not the best smelling job – but his piggy bank IS getting heavier – if only he could stop breathing or make the manure smell better.
I know it’s a tough choice (as always!) but please choose the pitch you think deserves a read by editor Erin Molta and cast your vote by 11:59 PM EDT Sunday August 25.
Thank you so much for voting!
Now! Onward! 🙂
Today’s pitch comes to us from Carrie who says, “My passion for picture books and literacy began while studying to be an elementary teacher. I took a break from teaching this past school year to immerse myself into writing full-time. I guess you could say I finally figured out what all the brain babble was for!
Working Title: Cartwheel Queen Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 3-6) The Pitch: After learning how to do a cartwheel, Queen Carina begins her rule over Cartwheelandia. Cheers and cartwheels explode through the crowd, but stop short with Carina’s heart-broken little brother.In an effort to restore peace to the kingdom, Queen Carina does all she can to help Caden train to be the greatest Cartwheel King that ever lived.
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 Carrie 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 Itor on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above. There are openings in September so we could really use some new pitches! Send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Carrie is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to something so wonderful you won’t even believe it!! We are expecting a new grandbaby and he or she is due to be delivered TOMORROW!!! Next time you see me I’ll be a grandmother again… or a grandfather 🙂 Meanwhile, hoping all will go smoothly with the delivery and that this little one will be as healthy and wonderful as his or her big sister!