First, though, I'd like to remind anyone who hasn't voted for the December/January Pitch Pick to please go here and vote. The winner will be announced Friday!!!
Second, as you know, I like to sweeten the pie a little (tee hee) by offering a random prize each month to one of our dedicated Perfect Picture Book bloggers. You get one chance for every book you posted in the month. (There were 96 books posted in January - not counting mine which makes an even 100!!! - not too shabby, eh?) I enter them all (except mine) into random.org and voila! we get a winner. November's was Stacy, December's was Clar, and January's duhn duhn-duhn duhn-duhn duhn DUHN! is Miranda!!
Miranda, come on down! This month's bag o' goodies (which changes every month depending what I've got kicking around :)) contains hardcover copies of Red Sings From Treetops, The Busy Life Of Ernestine Buckmeister, and April Fool, Phyllis! and a paperback copy of Jean Auel's The Land Of Painted Caves (which is not for kids, but I just happen to have a brand new spare copy!) Please select one and Email Me (see that handy button over there?) with your choice and it shall be yours :) All you other PPB bloggers, thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful job you do every week! We are growing such a great resource! The next thing I want to add to it is Best Books for Boys (since it seems many people have a harder time engaging boys with reading) so please let me know if you have found any of the titles already on the list especially engaging for boys, and if you add a title that fits that category, please be sure to bring it to my attention! And who knows? Next month YOU could be the lucky winner!
And now - got your Something Chocolate? - it's time for Would You Read It!
Today's pitch comes to us from Dede who says she quit writing more times than she can remember. She stashed her drafts and turned her attention to more practical pursuits – her day job, the ever-present laundry pile, the bills. Despite her lack of attention, characters kept nudging until she gave in and finished writing their stories. Here’s one of them. The others can be found on her website.
Working Title: Summer of '71
The Pitch: When eleven-year old Fiona peered through the broken slat of the caretaker’s shed at the back corner of the West End Cemetery, the last thing she expected to see was a girl about her own age, asleep on the dirt floor. Thus begins an unlikely friendship that carries them through a summer of bullies, a best friend’s betrayal, and a life-changing tragedy.
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 Dede 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 the Would You Read It tab in the bar above. Pitches are currently queued through April 4, but there are lots of openings after that, so send your pitch for a chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Dede is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!