Hello, and welcome back for the second “Pitch It to Me” Challenge! The first challenge was a success, with guest pitcher, author Melissa Stoller, taking first place. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to read the pitches, vote, comment, or to support wonderful members of our writing community.
Here’s a recap of how this works. I pick one lucky writer’s picture book pitch for the post. I write another for the same story, and have a guest write a third. YOU get to vote on your favorite. The winner gets bragging rights, and the writer ends up with three pitch ideas, feedback, and a complimentary critique of the story.
This month, Candace Spizzirri pitches AMBER MAE SAVES THE STRAYS. Our guest challenger is … drum roll please … the fabulous author, editor, and publisher, Alayne Kay Christian of Blue Whale Press. You can learn more about each of these ladies and their work below.
You have until January 1, 2019 to vote on your favorite pitch. They are in no particular order. Please only vote once, but feel free to tell your friends about us and get them in on the action.
Let the challenge begin!
Candace holds a degree in child psychology with an emphasis in emotional development. She is an active participant in SCBWI, Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, Children’s Book Insider, Writing Magic Writing Lab, critique groups, and a graduate of the Children’s Book Academy. Candace writes picture books in both prose and verse, and finds joy in spending time each day writing and honing her craft. You might also find her breaking into dance moves that are not in the least bit embarrassing.
Follow her on Twitter: @CCSpizzirri1
About Alayne and Blue Whale Press:
Alayne Kay Christian is the content and developmental editor for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children’s book author of the chapter book Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy: Trying to Make it Rain and the picture book Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa. She is the creator and instructor of a picture book writing course, Art of Arc. She has been a professional picture book and chapter book critique writer for five years. She has been a critique ninja for Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 picture book challenge forum for three years. Alayne is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature and she has spent the last ten years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature.
You can connect with Alayne through the following:
Alayne’s Website: http://www.alaynekaychristianauthor.com/
Alayne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alaynekay.christian
Blue Whale Press Website: https://www.bluewhalepress.com/
Blue Whale Press Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BlueWhalePress/
Alayne’s books: Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa and Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy: Trying to Make it Rain
Thank you to Candace and Alayne for participating in the Pitch It to Me challenge. They were simply WONDERFUL to work with. If you would like to be part of a future challenge, please contact me per the instructions found here. I will see you all again for “Pitch It to Me” on March 16, 2019!
17 thoughts on “~ The PITCH IT TO ME Challenge ~”
I loved reading these pitches and voting for my favorite. Candace – this story sounds adorable and I hope to read more about Amber Mae and all those strays! Thanks, Sandra, for this awesome pitch challenge!
Thank you for stopping by, Doreen, and voting for your favorite pitch! It truly is adorable and I can’t wait to see it in print one day. 🙂
Thanks, Doreen. 😃
This sounds like an adorable story, Candace! (Great name by the way ;))
Thanks, Candice with an “i.”😉
This is going to be a fun story whichever way.
I have read it (to do a critique), and it is SO much fun! Thank you for stopping by and supporting Candace and Alayne!
Thank you, Sandra. And for your great critique. 👍🤗
Thank you for inviting me to join in the fun, Sandra. Candace, your story is cute, and like Candace Marley Conner said, the title is great. Best of luck to you and your submissions.
What a fun sounding story Candace, best of luck on your project. Tough to choose between the great pitches!
Thank you for stopping by, Kari! It’s such a fun challenge, as you well know!
Thank you, Kari!
Fun pitches – I’ve voted :).
These are excellent pitches and great modeling from great authors! I voted!!
Fun pitch challenge! Good luck, Candace. I love your story premise!
These three pitch options all sound compelling… and adorable Amber Mae seems about the sweetest stray animal-saving girl around! Candace’s manuscript is a sure winner, and I am delighted she’s got such wonderful pitch options to help her on her way!
And, we have a winner! Thank you to Alayne Kay Christian and Candace Spizzirri for participating in the challenge. This was a “close race” and excellent pitches, if I do say so myself. Top honors are going to Alayne Kay Christian, who now holds bragging rights. 🙂
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