Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 14, 2014

August Kudos

jenniferReinherzcropped260It seems like I’ve been hearing from a lot of readers of this blog with good news. Some I can report now, Like Jennifer Reinharz who sent me this news:

The 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition notified me last week that my blog post, “A Pleasant Passover” was awarded 5th place in the Inspirational Writing category. 

She said, “If it wasn’t for your blog, I wouldn’t have entered the contest!”

You can read it on Jennifer’s blog: http://redsaidwhat.com/2014/05/01/128/

karen fortunati260Then I heard from Karen Fortunati. She told me after seeing my post about the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant, she submitted her Contemporary YA novel, The D-Day List, and WON!

Here’s a blurb about her book:

For seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski, life is intolerable with bipolar disorder and depression. There’s only one way out but before she can kill herself, she’s got to accomplish the one item on her D-Day List. And if she does, it may change everything.

I have a feeling I missed someone, so if I missed you please email me again. Thanks!

Here are some other industry changes. Many of you know the lovely Allison Wortche and Katherine Harrison. I was so happy to hear their news.

At Knopf Children’s, Allison Wortche has been promoted to senior editor while Katherine Harrison moves up to associate editor.

Phaidon has hired Cecily Kaiser as publishing director, Children’s Books and Meagan Bennett as art director for the division, both reporting to Deb Aaronson out of the company’s New York offices.

Jonathan Jao will join Harper on September 8 as vp, executive editor, reporting to Jonathan Burnham. Previously he was a senior editor at Random House.

Lauren Scobell has joined Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as director, Swoon Reads.

You should get out your Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market by Chuck Sambuchino and make the changes.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. WOW!!! BIG Congrats all around! :D :D :D

  2. Thank you for the Kudos, Kathy! Big congratulations Karen on your wonderful win! I think we were together in Kathy’s February post too – hopefully we’re on the same good karma train :-). – Jennifer

  3. Congrats to Karen and Jennifer!

  4. Happy News Karen! Your book’s premise is a strong one, and one that needs more awareness.

  5. I am so excited to hear about Jennifer and Karen’s success…met them both at NJSCBWI events and LOVE their writing! Congratulations ladies!

  6. Congratulations to both! We definitely need more books about mental illness, depression and suicide for this age group. Books that deal with these problems realistically and hopefully inspire kids to live past the difficult times. Thank you for highlighting these accomplishments.

  7. Congratulations to Jennifer and Karen! That is fabulous news!!


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