June 10, 2015

Would You Read It Wednesday # 178 - The Sunflower Traveler (PB) PLUS The May Pitch Pick Winner!

Happy National Corn On The Cob Day!


I'm not making this up!

I think it's a great idea for a holiday.  I love corn on the cob.  It is so delicious and summery!

I'm sure it's a completely genuine holiday and definitely not an elaborate ruse thought up by Oral B or Johnson&Johnson to increase sales of dental floss! :)

But here's what I'm thinking: the Tooth Fairy ought to cash in on this day.  Seriously, the number of teeth under pillows must skyrocket on a day when the world's 6 year olds are all eating corn on the cob :)

What, you may ask, does this have to do with Would You Read It?

Well... as I see it... absolutely nothing :)  But I still think it's important that you know the historic significance of the day!

Now then, if you could all kindly stop comparing corn on the cob recipes and arguing over the exact number of seconds required to perfectly cook corn on the cob, we could get down to the business at hand!

First, I'm thrilled to announce that the winner of the May Pitch Pick was Jason with his pitch for Barnabas Is NOT A Ninja!!!  Congratulations, Jason!  Your pitch has been sent to editor Erin Molta for her comments!

And congratulations to our other brave pitchers who took the time to write, polish and perfect their pitches and summoned the nerve to put them out there for commentary.  You are all winners in my book!  Even if you didn't win the pitch pick, you should still all have pitches that are worthy of telling famous editors you happen to meet in elevators.

I think a little pick-me-up is in order before we tackle today's pitch and I have the perfect thing for our  Something Chocolate.  Get ready for it...
YES!  It IS chocolate-dipped corn on the cob!!!
If you google it, ye shall find it!  Chocolate-dipped corn on the cob!  Who (besides me) would have thought of such a thing?  Obviously someone!  I believe I even see chocolate sprinkles on there!  I have no idea how it tastes, but I'm game to try.  And think how healthy we're being, eating vegetables for breakfast!  Our moms will all be so proud :)

And now that we're all fortified with brain food, today's pitch comes to us from Michelle who says, "My idea for The Sunflower Traveler began a long time ago via my love of gardening and growing sunflowers. I’m an artist, writer and art instructor. The majority of my writing and art involves nature, critters, endangered species, and our environment. I enjoy including a bit of fantasy to draw my viewers in. I'm an active member of SCBWI. You can find my art and poetry at my blog:, art at my website:, and in my Etsy shop Thanks for reviewing my pitch!"

Here is her pitch: 

Working Title: The Sunflower Traveler
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 6-10)
The Pitch: Ten-year-old Rhea’s growing sunflowers for Petal Path’s Magazine Contest. Her Dad lost his job, and the prize money would help her family.  But to win she’s got to find something new to share about her sunflowers.  A goldfinch thinks he can help. Together they mysteriously time-travel through one of her sunflowers. They eventually arrive in Past Times, where a new gardener needs help with his own garden woes. There she also has to conquer squirrel antics and deal with a rambunctious raven. Will she solve her sunflower problem, or get back home in time to enter the contest and help her family?

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 Michelle 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 October 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!

Michelle is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to sampling some chocolate-dipped corn on the cob :)  Just for kicks, we should take an informal poll: would YOU be willing to try chocolate-dipped corn on the cob?

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! :)

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