I am very excited for Would You Read It today! Not only do we get to start the day with Something Chocolate, not only do we get to read a great new pitch, not only am I not in the car (it's true! I'm not in the car! Can you believe it?), but this is the first month where we're trying out the new system!
Previously, we just voted on the month's pitches, but NOW, as per the new policy, pitchers who wanted to have had the chance to revise their pitches for the pitch pick, so what you will be seeing today is that in action for the first time!
3 of our 4 July pitchers chose to take your helpful comments and revise for the July Pitch Pick, so here are the pitches for your evaluation:
Title: Singin’ Sam, the Ice Cream Man
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
Pitch: Sam loves dishing out ice cream to his favorite customers. But when a rival ice cream truck shows up on his corner, Sam must find a way to out-sing, out-scoop, and out-serve the competition to keep his customers — and himself — happy.
Working Title: What's Wrong With Molly Zwirl
Age/Genre: Chapter Book (ages 6-9)
The Pitch: Molly, an immigrant girl from Europe settling in the USA, is just like the girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. She tries so hard to be good but when her grandparents come she just has to be bad.
Working Title: The Tomato Turner
Genre/Age: Picture Book/3-8
Stuck between a brainy brother and an adorable sister, Peter Peter middle-seater is searching for a way to be spectacular. When he sees the basket of green tomatoes, he knows his chance to astonish his family has come...if only he can turn the tomatoes red.
Working Title: CJ's Tiger
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
CJ has always dreamed of having a tiger for a pet, so he is thrilled when he awakens one day to find that his cat “Tiger” has transformed into a real tiger. However he soon learns that having a pet tiger is a lot harder than he imagined when the day turns into one big catastrophe!
Please vote for your favorite below by Sunday August 19 at noon EDT. I will announce the winner Monday and send her pitch off to editor Erin Molta for comment at that time.
I must say, this is a tough choice!!! I can't wait to see how the votes land!
Now, onto today's pitch, which comes to us from Sharron. Sharron loves reading, writing, sharing with friends and learning new things. She blogs at Nothing But Writing and has joined us here once before for the 27th pitch of Sorrysorrysorry back on February 15. (As a matter of fact, she was the winner of the February pitch pick!)
Here is her pitch for today:
Working Title: Nothing But Blue Skies
Age/Genre: Upper Middle Grade Fantasy
The Pitch: Wizards have turned the world topsy-turvy. The sky is green. The grass is purple. Streams are pale pink. An abused, fourteen-year old princess is the only being able to change it back. But – not as a girl. A dragon’s tear transforms her into a prince. To triumph over magic, she must find out who she is and who she wants to be.
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 Sharron 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.)
Sharron has struggled mightily with this pitch and is very much looking forward to your thoughts!
I am looking forward to hearing everyone's reactions to the new pitch pick system. Do you like it? Would you prefer to have the old pitch and the revised pitch both shown so you can compare, or would that make too much reading or be confusing? Inquiring minds want to know :)