Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 11, 2010

Good News-Bennardo, Zaman, Cusick, Balog & Industry Changes

Natalie Zaman and Charlott Bennardo teamed up for their debut book SIRENZ.  It is available on pre-order from Amazon.  They also just signed today with Natalie Fischer of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency. 

Great news from Nanci Turner-Steveson.  She just accepted representation from Al Zuckerman the head of Writer’s House, today.  Yay, Nanci!

Publishers Marketplace reported two of our favorite people signed contracts for another book.

GIRL PARTS author (and literary agent) John Cusick’s CHERRY MONEY BABY, a farce in three acts – a Cinderella story featuring surrogate pregnancy, high fashion, and heavy firearms, to Deborah Noyes-Wayshak at Candlewick, in a very nice deal, for publication in Fall 2011, by Scott Treimel at Scott Treimel NY (World English). John is an agent with Scott Treimel.  You will be able to meet him at the New Jersey SCBWI Mentoring Workshop on February 20th.  If you haven’t read GIRL PARTS, pick it up.  I loved it and can’t wait for the next book in that series. Click here to read my post about the book.

Cyn Balog’s DEAD RIVER, when she nearly drowns on a white water rafting trip, a teenager is given the clue to how her mother disappeared years earlier, to Stephanie Elliott at Delacorte, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.  If you attend the NJSCBWI Conference this past June you probably met Cyn at our book fair or maybe you were lucky enough to attend her workshop on Fantasy Writing.

At Abrams, Susan Van Metre has been promoted to svp and publisher and will now oversee all comic arts books in addition to Abrams Children’s and Amulet Books. Charles Kochman is promoted to editorial director for Abrams ComicArts, adding oversight of children’s comics and graphic novels, reporting to Van Metre. Chad Beckerman moves up to creative director and oversee design for all comic arts books, Abrams Children’s and Amulet.

Lindley Boegehold is promoted to editorial director for calendars, licenses and custom publishing. Jennifer Levesque is promoted to editorial director for Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Abrams Image (though Abrams Image executive editor David Cashion continues reporting to publisher Leslie Stoker).

Rebecca Kaplan has been promoted to senior editor for Abrams; Eric Klopfer has been promoted to associate editor.

Congratulations to all.  Your success should inspire all of us.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks, Kathy! You and SCBWI NJ are two of my favorites, too 🙂 I always read your blog so I was delighted to be mentioned!


  2. Congrats. to those getting more books published!!

    I really enjoyed Cyn’s workshop. It was very helpful!


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