Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 13, 2012

Free Fall Friday – John Cusick

I am happy to announce that Agent John Cusick of the Scott Treimel NY Literary Agency has agreed to critique four first pages that are submitted for the First Page Picture Prompt for the month of April.

Besides being a great agent, John is also a great author.  If you haven’t read Girl Parts, you should.  I know everyone’s taste are different, but I totally loved it.  I thought it was well-written, very creative, clever, dramatic, and fun.

Want to meet John? He is part of this year’s New Jersey SCBWI June 8 -9 Conference in Princeton, NJ.

He is doing critiques and conducting two popular workshops:

Bad Guys Have More Fun: Villians, Antagonists, Anti-heroes

There’s a Whole Universe Out There: World Building  Don’t miss out!

Here is the picture prompt you should use to inspire your first page.

It is by illustrator Joanne Friar: I think her illustration gives you lots of room to let your imagination soar.

WRITERS: Deadline to submit is April 22nd.

Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail. Put “April 22nd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.

ILLUSTRATORS: Here is your chance to show off a little. I am looking for illustrations that celebrtes the month of April. This gives you a lot of leeway. I may post some as they come in during the, but I will definitely post all on April 30th, so I need to receive your illustrations no later than April 24th. Please make sure the illustration is at least 500 pixels wide and includes a blurb about you and a link to see more of your work. Please send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com and put “April Illustration” in the subject box.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. OK, this is exciting 🙂 To be critiqued by John would be a very cool thing. Of course, the way things are going, I don’t know if I can squeeze it in (though I did get an idea for it! lol). I’m sure you’ll get some good first pages!


  2. I just joined SCBWI, and this prompt looks so interesting. I’ll have to get to work!


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