Happy Wednesday, dearies!
Do you know what day this is?
It is National Tell A Story Day!
I am not making that up! It’s like it was invented just for us, isn’t it? I think we should all celebrate by writing or telling a story today 🙂 I’ll start. On a sunny day in April, Little Dickens crawled out of his hollow log and… SPROINK!… got a face full of prickles! … Feel free to continue! 🙂
It also happens to be National Babe Ruth Day. I’m guessing they mean to honor the baseball player, but here on Blueberry Hill one little letter change makes it Baby Ruth Day which means we are honoring chocolate 🙂 Also peanuts and caramel 🙂 Also nougat. Which really, does anyone know what nougat is? I mean, nobody ever said, “I’m going into the kitchen to whip up some nougat…” (although they should because nougat is fun to say!) And if they did say that, what the heck kind of ingredients would they need? But I digress…
What could be better than a day devoted to stories and chocolate? 🙂
Ooh! Wait! I know the answer!
A day devoted to stories, chocolate, Would You Read It and Straight From The Editor! And it just so happens, I’ve got the whole kit and caboodle for you today! 🙂
We are SO on the ball this month! After a slight delay in the February and March Pitch Picks, we got the winners last week, and now we’ve got Straight From The Editor this week! So without further ado, here are editor Erin Molta’s thoughts on the winning pitches from February and March:
You will recall Stacia’s winning pitch from February:
Mia And The Marathon – Picture Book/Early Reader
Mia loves running and so does Mama. While Mama is getting ready for her longest race ever, Mia discovers new, exciting ways she can get ready too. Mia can’t wait to cheer on Mama but oh no! On Race Day, Mia and Daddy can’t find Mama in the big crowd of runners! Don’t worry: Mia is prepared and knows exactly what to do. It’s time for Mia to cheer her favorite, loudest, cheeriest, cheer ever.
Mia and the Marathon sounds inspirational but it seems as if there’s two stories going on: is Mia running or getting ready to cheer her mother on? Perhaps if you started it out with something more like, Mama loves running and Mia loves to cheer Mama on. Then I would mention something specific—Mia liked to jump high and shout or Mia had a megaphone all ready for Mama’s longest race…Something like that to give us the impression that Mia is her mother’s best cheering section. I imagine that at the race, Mia will be sitting on Daddy’s shoulders in order to see Mama, and if that is the case it’s not necessary to hide that from the pitch nor whatever it is she knew exactly what to do. Specific is always better than vague and the more information you can actually pack into a pitch—the better!
Tracy’s winning pitch from March was for TroublE with a Capital” E”! – Picture Book/Early Reader:
Trouble, sometimes it finds you and even follows you home. That’s exactly what happens one extraordinary day when Jack, the perfect pooch, sniffs out the perfect friend. Together the unlikely duo find companionship, love, and yes, trouble! Stirring up trouble isn’t perfect, but it sure is a lot more fun. Sometimes, “T-r-o-u-b-l-E,” can be spelled with a capital E.
Trouble with a Capital E sounds cute! But there’s no need to hide the mystery E character. That is not going to intrigue an editor — they’re just going to be exasperated. 🙂 And it sounds like Jack has found companionship, love, and trouble all in one day. You need to clarify that this friendship has developed in their quest for fun and thus trouble. 🙂
Many thanks to Erin as always for her very helpful insights into the pitches! I hope you find them as useful as I do!
Phew! I don’t know about you, but after all that pitch advice and talk of nougat, I’m in the mood for Something Chocolate! May I offer you some Rich Chocolate Cake With White Chocolate Mousse And Cherry Sauce?
Would you like some nougat on the side? 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Tracy, whom you will remember from March with her pitch for Trouble With A Capital E! (which won the March pitch pick as referenced above!!! 🙂 ) Tracy says, “Hey there! I’m Tracy and I am a Language Arts Interventionist, who loves every minute of it! I recently submitted my first article for Highlights Children’s Magazine and I couldn’t be more excited, Yahooie! Animals, children and writing are my passion, and fortunately for me, I have all three in my life. Thanks so much for taking a look at my pitch :~)
Find her on the web at www.chattytcp.wordpress.com
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: My Name Is Sonny And I Am Special!
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Sonny is affectionately called, Lovee #5. She is the fifth baby girl born into her family. All grown up now, she talks on the phone to her friends, has play dates, and plays sports too. She’s just like all the other Lovees in her family – right? So why does everyone call her Special and not Sonny?
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 Tracy 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 June, so you could get your pitch up for some helpful feedback pretty soon, and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Tracy is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to using the word “nougat” in at least one sentence per hour today. (See how subtly I just covered this hour?) Perhaps I shall sing songs like, “Nougat! Yes please!” I sound just like Maroon 5, don’t I? Look out Adam Levine 🙂
Have a wonderful nougat-filled Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂