Monday, October 28, 2013


Title: The Queen of Green and Her Dog Artichoke
Category: MG
Genre: Contemporary
Word Count: 30,000

Pitch: When ten-year-old Ella Baxter, a spunky, aspiring cook who loves broccoli and all things green, is offered her dream of hosting a TV cooking show, she finds that being a celebrity isn’t easy peasy, and now she needs to discover who’s sabotaging her show. With the help of the world’s cutest Pomeranian, Artichoke, Ella learns that, holy moley, she’s blaming the wrong person, and she must decide whether to risk her career by telling the truth or play into the network’s plans to exploit her for higher ratings. One thing’s for sure: it’s not so easy being (the queen of) green.

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why? What do I want to be for Halloween? Kermit the Frog, of course, because he knows it’s not easy peasy being green.

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)? The Queen of Green and Her Dog Artichoke combines a quirky MC, yummy green recipes, and the world’s most adorable Pomeranian. What’s not to like?

First 250 Words:
With her mom’s pageant crown nestled in her red curls, ten-year-old Ella Baxter poured blended broccoli into her homemade spaghetti sauce. She stirred the green into the red and let it bubble for a few minutes before scooping out a spoonful. She blew across the wooden spoon, closed her eyes, and tasted. Not the kind of taste where you chew twice and swallow. Ella let the sauce move over her tongue hitting every taste bud. 

Wrinkling her freckled nose, she sighed. “Perfect.” She knelt down and ruffled the neck of the most adorable golden Pomeranian in the world. She held out the spoon. “Okey dokey, Artichokie. What do you think?” His enthusiastic tail told Ella that he thought it was perfect too.

Two great things happened on the day Ella found Artichoke. For her birthday, her dad had taken her to the shelter, and she fell in love with the tiny three pound dog. His sad brown eyes peered through the bars of the cage, and Ella wouldn’t look at any other dog. She knew he was the one. Artichoke knew too. When Ella opened the gate, he leaped into her arms and snuggled his nose against her neck.

That night her family celebrated by going to Ella’s favorite Italian restaurant. While the pup snoozed in Ella’s back pack dog carrier, Ella ate artichokes for the first time. She found two new loves that day. It seemed right to call them by the same name. Artichoke fit her dog perfectly.

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