Happy Wednesday to you, folks!
You know, I don’t when the world got so busy! But it surely did! Everyone but everyone seems to have more to manage than they can keep up with. We all muddle along as best we can, but sometimes Straight From The Editors have to wait awhile until the editor in question has time to read and comment on the pitch!
I usually announce the pitch pick winners and tell them that their pitch is on its way to editor Erin Molta for her read and comments and they will hear from her shortly. But THIS time, I sent the winning pitches to Erin and she replied before I got the post up, so today you get the whole shebang – pitch winners AND Straight From The Editor!
But, in our busy busy world, this time we’re AHEAD of schedule! (Please take note and enjoy it… it’s not likely to ever happen again 🙂 )
So first off, the June Pitch Pick was won by Susan with her PB pitch for Bossy Bird. Congratulations, Susan!!! *confetti* *multi-colored balloons* *cheering from all sides!*
The July Pitch Pick was won by Robyn with her MG pitch for Fear On The Mountain. Congratulations, Robyn!!! *more confetti* *celebratory double-decker chocolate cupcakes* *thunderous applause*
I’d also like to congratulate and thank all the other June and July pitchers who wrote strong pitches for amazing-sounding stories and then worked to revise their pitches based on your wonderful feedback. It takes courage to share a pitch here! And Would You Read It wouldn’t be what it is without all the writers who put their work on the line, braving constructive criticism for the sake of their craft – so they can make their pitches stronger – and so all of us can learn. Great job all of you! Really! And while I’m at it, I’d like to thank all of you for being so generous with your time and expertise, sharing your reactions, comments, advice and help each week to aid our pitchers on their quest for pitch perfection! You are all lovely!!!
Moving right along, we’ve now got Straight From The Editor for May, June AND July!
May – Melissa – Walking With Memphis
You will recall Melissa’s winning pitch:
Walking With Memphis: Inspired By A Real Dog (Nonfiction Picture Book ages 3-8)
When Memphis becomes paralyzed and loses his wag, he must learn to walk with a wheelchair. He worries his dog days will never be the same, but he digs up the courage to embark on an adventurous discovery of all that he is capable of and what it means to be a lucky dog.
Here are editor Erin Molta’s thoughts:
This sounds like a great story. However, if you’re calling it nonfiction then you can’t have the story from Memphis’s point of view. It needs to be an omniscient narrator. If it is “inspired” by a true story then it can be just a picture book and not nonfiction. Then you can keep it in the dog’s POV. Besides that, I have a slight tweak to suggest
When Memphis becomes paralyzed and loses his wag, he must learn to walk with a wheelchair. He worries his dog days will never be the same, but he digs up the courage to embark on an adventurous journey to discover all that he was capable of and what it meant to be a lucky dog.
June – Susan – Bossy Bird (PB)
Here is Susan’s winning pitch:
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.
And here are Erin’s thoughts:
This is nice! I just have one tweak and that’s to add in that he’s been forced out, rather than he “leaves” the safety of the group because that makes it more clear that they didn’t want him, so him saving them from the creature has more resonance.
Bossy Bird is the largest, loudest and bossiest bird of the bunch. Then the fed up flock ruffles HIS feathers and forced him out. 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.
July – Robyn – Fear On The Mountain (MG)
Here is Robyn’s winning pitch:
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?
And here are Erin’s thoughts:
Sounds like it could be exciting. It might work better if you trim the extra info. and stick to the highlights. Also, no need to end on a question because that doesn’t actually make people want to read to find out the answer—since it’s pretty much a given, anyway.
Best of luck!
What was supposed to be an idyllic birthday of fun and horseback riding turns into a nightmare.
Thirteen-year-old Anna, a diabetic, ends up lost in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina without her insulin bottle, thanks to the carelessness of Claire, her best friend.
When they must search for Claire’s horse, they find themselves lost with nighttime closing in. Wild animals, a storm, and (be specific about the injury) become a grueling test of survival that Anna and Claire must pass in order to get home.
As always, I find Erin’s perspective so helpful and enlightening, and I hope you all do too!
Wow! That was A LOT of pitch winning and Straight-From-The-Editoring! (It’s feast or famine around here in that department!) I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Something Chocolate! (aren’t I always? 🙂 ) How about some fresh, cinnamon-scented cider donuts? Okay. Technically not chocolate. But I found them on a blog called Chocolate Chocolate And More, and it’s fall… and you all know my weakness for cider donuts… So here are some – warm, cinnamon-sugary, and delicious to dunk into your coffee while you help today’s pitcher with her pitch – and I’ll give you some
chocolate hot fudge sauce to go along with them 🙂
Recipe HERE at ChocolateChocolateAndMore (do not be fooled that the url mentions white chocolate caramel gingerbread cookie cups – which also sound delicious – the url is correct and has the donut recipe!)
Now go ahead! Dip in hot fudge sauce to your chocolatey little heart’s content! 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Patricia whom you may remember from her previous pitch for Bird And The Baker in March. Patricia is a pre-published author and long-time 12×12 and PiBoIdMo participant. She primarily writes picture books, which she loved reading with her three children when they were young and hopes to read with grandchildren sometime in the future (the first wedding looms!). Patricia lives with her husband, an orange and white Toller pup, and more than 400 high school students at a New England boarding school. She loves travel and gardening.
Find her on twitter @ptntweets, or reviewing Perfect Picture Books at Wander, Ponder, Write.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Grandmother’s Parrots
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 6-9)
The Pitch: Charlotte isn’t happy about her first solo overnight at Grandmother’s house. Grandmother is so old, and her house is so creepy! But when Charlotte discovers the joys of birdwatching and uncovers a secret from Grandmother’s past, Charlotte wishes she could stay much longer.
Grandmother’s Parrots explores the London Blitz from a child’s perspective and the origin of London’s parrot population.
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 Patricia 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 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!
Patricia is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to enjoying the Season Of Cider Donuts (yes, I think it should be capitalized and celebrated as its own Season! 🙂 ) to the fullest possible extent!!!
Have a wonderful cider donut-filled Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂