October 21, 2015

Would You Read It Wednesday #190 - Aunt Elvira And The Watermelon Seed (PB)

Howdy, my friends!

I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far!

Has everyone besides me written their entry for the Halloweensie Contest?

I confess, I haven't even started my sample.  I haven't even thought about it!  I don't have the slightest inkling of an idea... which is a little worrisome given that it has to be posted in 5 days!  GULP!

Lest you think I've been totally goofing off, though, let me assure you you're right I have been very busy!  I spent the weekend at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, and I must say, if you're ever in the neighborhood, you should come!  It's as crowded as the country fair, but it's all about everything sheep!  And the wool!  It's so gorgeous!  Everyone parades around in beautifully crafted clothing they've made themselves - hats, scarves, mittens, shawls and shrugs, ponchos, socks, crocheted bags, I even saw a few women in elaborate knitted dresses!  Every year I go, I'm inspired to spend the winter knitting :)  Not so inspired that I actually do it, mind you, but I love the idea.  Maybe this winter... :)

Anyway, my dear talented writer and illustrator friends Iza Trapani and Nancy Shaw and I all got to sit together to sign copies of our sheep books, and we got to do a group story time for the kids both Saturday and Sunday which was really fun.

Here we are... like our own little herd :)
me, Iza, and Nancy
So you see, I have a legitimate excuse for not getting my Halloweensie sample written yet.

It is making me anxious, though.  I think Something Chocolate is called for to calm the nerves :)  Hmm... what should we have today?  I'm in the mood for chocolate cupcakes! (am I ever not?! :))  A cupcake is basically a muffin, and therefore qualifies as a breakfast food, so dig in!

Recipe HERE at Sprinkle Some Sugar
http://www.sprinklesomesugar.com/ultimate-chocolate-cupcakes/

YUM!!!!!

Now that our mouths are full of delicious chocolatey goodness, today's pitch comes to us from Patricia.  Patricia is a former lawyer who migrated to the not-for-profit world many years ago.  A pre-published author and long-time 12x12 and PiBoIdMo participant, she primarily writes picture books, as these are the books she best loved reading with her three (almost) grown children. Patricia currently lives with her husband, two orange Tollers and almost 400 high school students at a New England boarding school.  Find her on Facebook at Two Orange Pups, on Twitter @ptntweets, or during Susanna’s super writing contests at Wander, Ponder, Write.

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Aunt Elvira And The Watermelon Seed
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-7)
The Pitch: A visit from Great-Aunt Elvira happened once in a lifetime.  But why did it have to be during Clarissa's lifetime? Prim and proper Marissa was sure to shine, but with her slurps, burps and two left feet, Clarissa couldn’t imagine how she could impress her aged aunt.

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 the Would You Read It tab in the bar above.  There are openings in December 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!

Patricia is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to coming up with an idea for Halloweensie so I can write my sample and stop feeling anxious that I haven't! :)  Also to seconds on that cupcake! :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!! :)


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