Well, yes, you're right, it is Would You Read It Wednesday.
It also happens to be the day before my granddaughter's 3rd birthday (which coincidentally falls on the same day as Harry Potter's, Neville Longbottom's, and J.K. Rowling's! :))
It also happens to be National Cheesecake Day, which I intend to honor in a moment...
But it is also the last day of posting here until September!
It's true. In order not to be disowned by my family I am taking August off from blogging. I promised I would, and so I shall. But it's going to be hard and I'm going to miss you all terribly!
Let's have Something Chocolate to lift our spirits, shall we? In honor of the day, I'm thinking Chocolate Cheesecake!
Recipe here: http://hotpolkadot.com/2013/02/10/death-by-chocolate-and-the-birth-of-a-blog/
And now, how about Straight From The Editor for May? Hearing from Erin Molta, our wonderful and helpful visiting editor, always perks us up, doesn't it?
You will recall that the May Pitch Pick was won by Todd with his pitch for Orville Wright's Final Flight.
Here is his winning pitch:
Orville Wright's Final Flight by Todd Burleson (NF PB ages 7-12)Orville Wright may be best remembered for his first flight, but it was his final flight 41 years later would completely change the world of aviation.
And here are Erin's thoughts:
This sounds somewhat intriguing but in the crowded nonfiction picture book market you need to give us a little bit more.. Is there any way you can give us a little hint about what made his last flight so special?
That could make or break whether an editor will ask you for the whole manuscript.
As always, I find her thoughts insightful! Thank you, Erin :)
And now, it's time for the July Pitch Pick, which is always so exciting :) Here are our 4 fabulous pitches:
#1 Michelle - Escalators Don't Bite! - Picture Book (ages 2-6)
Salim, world traveler, worries about whether he’s packed enough crayons. He worries his backpack will come unzipped. But with his whole family on its way to see Grandma and Grandpa, he’s worried most about his little sister Malika, who never does what she’s supposed to do. On her first trip to the airport, Salim knows that if it’s sticky, Malika will spill it. If there’s an escalator, Malika will get stuck on it. And if there’s a red button, Malika will push it. Desperate to ensure his family gets to the gate on time for their flight, Salim has started work on a Little Travelers’ Guide to Airports. But while he’s busy writing, the irrepressible Malika is busy exploring. When Salim’s sage travel advice comes up against Malika’s infectious sense of adventure, both siblings learn something important from each other about airport travel safety and fun.
(And Michelle adds: Many thanks to all who gave their revision advice. I hope I've gotten closer with this version!)
#2 Lavanya - How Not to Be a Monster Meal - Picture Book (K-3)
Posey has a brand new room. But something lurks within the gloom -- A monster with a riddle dare! And he's hungry as a bear. If Posey can't outwit the cretin, little Posey will be eaten...
#3 Brandie - The Trouble With Keeping Vikings - Picture Book (ages 4-6)
A boy opens his front door and comes face-to-face with a startling surprise. A Viking horde has come for a visit, and they REEK of mischief. From snot-snakes to clashing swords, the outrageous antics of these pesky pillagers are never-ending. That is until the boy makes a certain phone call that will leave these manner-less brutes quaking in their Viking-boots.
#4 Erin - Love, Emmett - Picture Book (ages 4-8)
Emmett loved books so much that he eventually loved them to pieces…literally. After his favorite one falls apart, Emmett saves the last remaining page, only he can’t remember the story quite right. When his teacher asks the class to share their favorite books, Emmett must decide how to tell the story. But his love for the book might just say everything.
Please vote for the one you think is best and deserves a read by editor Erin Molta by Sunday August 3 at 5 PM.
Thank you so much!
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 September 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!
And now, my poppets, I bid you happy August. I hope you all have tons of fun with your families and your writing and reading, swimming, sailing, sunning, hiking, biking, kayaking, riding, playing volleyball, tennis, baseball, or whatever floats your boat - generally enjoying all summer has to offer!
See you September 10 for the return of Would You Read It, and September 12 for the kick off of Perfect Picture Books Year 3!