Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 15, 2012

Free Fall Friday and Publishing News

The Picture Prompt below was illustrated by Nancy Cote. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday:

WRITERS:  Please use it to help inspire a first page. I was not able to confirm our Guest Critiquer with all the conference stuff going on, but I should be able to announce it by next week. The deadline for submitting a first page for critique is June 23rd. I will post four of the pages along with the agents comments on June 29th.

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 “June 23rd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.

ILLUSTRATORS: This month I am looking for illustration that will show off some summer fun. Here is your chance to show off a little. I will post the illustrations as they come in during the month, but I will definitely post all by June 30th, so I need to receive your illustrations no later than June 26th. 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 “June Illustration” in the subject box.


Caroline Hardman and Joanna Swainson, formerly of Christopher Little Agency are launching a new agency, Hardman & Swainson. At least 18 existing clients are moving with them, the Bookseller reports, and they will focus on literary and commercial fiction, crime and thriller, YA, and quality non-fiction, including popular science, philosophy and memoir.

Roseanne Wellshas joined the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an agent. She was previously an agent at the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.

Helen Nam joins Sourcebooks as art services manager for children’s picture books and middle grade fiction. She was an acquisitions editor for children’s books at Publications International, Ltd.

Leah Thaxton will join Faber & Faber as children’s publisher. She is currently publishing director at Egmont.

Stephanie Bowen has joined Sourcebooks as editor. She was most recently an assistant editor at Doubleday.

P.S. Literary Agency will now be representing picture book titles in North America for Ireland-based Futa Fata.

Scott Waxman and Waxman Literary Agency agent for the past seven years Byrd Leavell have formed a new entity, The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Waxman says in the announcement, “Byrd is a talented agent with a tremendous instinct for finding and developing enormous bestsellers. He is also a lot of fun to work with. I couldn’t be more excited to take the agency to the next level with Byrd as a partner.” But he declined to indicate what becomes of Waxman Literary Agency and its assets. Leavell says that going forward both of their efforts will be on behalf of the new agency only and “The Waxman Agency name will be phased out over the course of the summer.”

Adam Marsh Editorial Services has hired screenwriter and director Kai Murphy, extending their services to include novelists wanting to adapt their works into screenplays and screenwriters.

After years of news reports recounted all manner of dubious practices with respect to its treatment of authors, PublishAmerica is now the defendant in a class-action lawsuit filed June 11 in Maryland State Court alleging a longstanding history of “deceptive trade practices.”

In the complaint, first reported on by Writer Beware, plaintiffs Darla Yoos, Edwin McCall, and Kerry Levine say PublishAmerica “presents itself as a traditional publisher but makes money off of its authors” by “falsely representing the services it offered”; provides “services not reasonably designed to promote book sales” leading to significant expenditures by authors; publishes books “riddled with errors..and then refused to correct them unless [plaintiff] paid for it”; and “scrubs its website of any negative comments and attacks the credibility of its detractors.”

Remember to send in your First Page Prompt and submit a piece of art for June. Haven’t received anything for either.

Talk tomorrow,


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