Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 14, 2010

More Success and Industry Changes

In case you haven’t heard Audrey Vernick has had a mash-up year.  She has gotten two picture books published this year–IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN (illustrated by Daniel Jennewein, published by Balzer & Bray) and SHE LOVED BASEBALL: THE EFFA MANLEY STORY (illustrated by Don Tate, published by HarperCollins). Next year will she will have see another buffalo title: TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS and an upper middle-grade novel, WATER BALLOON (Clarion). And in 2012, Walker will publish SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR (illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds) and Clarion will publish BROTHERS AT BAT: THE TRUE STORY OF AN AMAZING ALL-BROTHER TEAM (illustrated by Steven Salerno).  Here is the trailer for SHE LOVED BASEBALL: THE EFFA MANLEY STORY

Alison Formento has an article in the current issue of THE WRITER Magazine (December 2010, pages 9&10) on book promotion, which features a few NJ SCBWI members in the photo of at the bookfair at the June conference.  The picture includes Alison, Nancy Viau, Nan Marino and a few others members.  Also, her board book THIS TREE 1, 2, 3 will be out in March 2011 and another picture book, BEES COUNT! will release in 2012, both with Albert Whitman.

Tory Novikova has illustrated a new book and pajamas set for Books to Bed.  “Christmas Book & PJ Set”  This is her second.  Her first was Cinderella.  You can click this link to see.

Children’s publishing veteran Lori Benton has been named vp, publisher for the Scholastic Trade Publishing division, overseeing all imprints and reporting to president Ellie Berger. Benton starts January 3. Most recently she was general manager and publisher of the fiction division of Capstone Publishers, and is currently chairman of the board for Every Child a Reader. Previously Benton was publisher of Harcourt’s children’s division.

Brenda Copeland is joining St. Martin’s as an executive editor, starting November 20. For the past five years she has been executive editor at Hyperion, and prior to that worked at Pocket Books and Atria.

I am sure the future holds many more success stories for all of us.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. wow, what a prolific writer Audrey is. Kathy, do you know if she has an agent?


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