Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 25, 2011

Publishing Industry News

This week I found out that Annie Silvestro received a Letter of Merit from the Barbra Karlin Grant & Amazon for her story,  Midnight Rooster.   Annie told me she was completely shocked to see her name on the list of Letter of Merit recipients for the Barbara Karlin Work-in-Progress Grant for my story MIDNIGHT ROOSTER.

To Quote Annie, “I didn’t even know they offered such a thing! I applied for the grant as motivation to keep writing — I felt like it was a great challenge and a fantastic opportunity.  In a field where rejection can sometimes feel like the norm, this honor makes me more confident that what I’m doing is not a futile exercise. I am extremely grateful for the recognition.”

Here is a little information about The Barbara Karlin Grant has been established to recognize and encourage the work of aspiring picture book writers, and is made possible by a generous grant from as part of the SCBWI Work-In-Progress grants.

Eligibility: The Grant is available to both full and associate members of the SCBWI who have never had a picture book published and do not have a picture book currently under contract.

Grant Amounts: One Grant of $2,000 will be awarded annually. A Runner-Up Grant in the amount of $500 (funded by a generous donation from Ann Whitford Paul) will also be awarded. In any given year, the SCBWI Grant Committee reserves the right to withhold the grant for that year.

Description: One picture book manuscript per applicant may be submitted. The text may be an original story, work of nonfiction, or a re-telling or adaptation of a fairytale, folktale or legend.

Hope you think about submitting next year.

More Kudos:

At Chronicle Books, Molly Jones moves up to associate managing editor; Bridget Watson is associate editor, Art & Design; and Sara Schneider becomes executive publishing design director.

Longtime publishing director of Bloomsbury Children’s in the UK Sarah Odedina will become managing director of “an entirely new children’s publishing company” in London as part of Bonnier Publishing. The line will launch in late 2011 or early 2012, focusing on children’s fiction across all age brackets.

Writers House has learned that a series of fake emails claiming to be from WH agent Jodi Reamerhave been circulating to self-published authors this week. “These emails, which contain a number of false statements, have not in fact come from Jodi Reamer and should thus be disregarded.” One easy “tell”: they advise that any e-mail from a non-Writers House address “expressing interest in representation is counterfeit.”

At Candlewick Press, Maryellen Hanley has been promoted to assistant art director.

Congratulations Everyone!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Oh, Annie, how exciting!!!! Enjoy the moment and keep pushing on, my dear 🙂 And congrats to everyone on all the stuff going on.

    Of course, I see Bloomsbury Children’s in the UK and think of J.K. Rowling. Did anyone happen to catch the recent movie on Lifetime about her? I wasn’t crazy about it, but liked a few part. I cried when she got her first phone call about her book being accepted by Bloomsbury 🙂


  2. Thanks Kathy! Thanks Donna! I really appreciate your support, it means a lot. I hope to see you soon!


  3. thanks Kathy….but are these position changes in children’s only? wondering as per Chandlewick if anyone left to make room for Maryellen assist. AD? 🙂 c


  4. Annie, Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. Love your title, Midnight Rooster.


  5. I also find it very disturbing that someone would be using Jodi’s name like that. I’m sure it’s hurting a lot of people 😦


  6. Yay Annie! Congrats!


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