Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 15, 2012

Fun Things Happening

Lots of you will remember Kami Kinard from the workshops she conducted at the June conference.  She has a middle-grade novel, “The Boy Project (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister)”, that was published by Scholastic in January 2012, and it’s a funny, fun read with some important, appropriately understated messages.

Susan Brody over on her blog at The Art of Not Getting Published has a very good interview of Kami and her book, which I have been told by people who have read it, is very good.  Besides that, Susan is giving away a copy of the book for the person who leaves the most interesting comment (Darn, I just left a comment, but it was very exciting). You only have until midnight, July 20th, Eastern Standard Time to go for a win. Come on! You know you want this book! 

Another writer you probably remember from speaking the June Conference is Tiffany Strelitz Haber. Her Debut book THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN hits the bookstores this coming week.

Tffany is having her Book Launch Party at Bellies and Booties in West Windsor, NJ (near Princeton) on July 27th between 3 pm and 7 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Everyone knows that the M in “monster” stands for MEAN. But what happens when a monster can’t be mean any more? Is he still a monster at all?

One young monster’s attempts to live up to his name go hilariously awry as he discovers—with a little help from new friends—that it’s not what you’re called but who you are that counts.

Looking at Tiffany’s book made me curious about the book’s illustrator, Kristi Edmonds. I contacted her and she will be featured on Illustrator Saturday soon.

This should turn as light on for a smart published picture book author. Getting your book’s illustrator featured on Illustrator Saturday is a great way to drum up more publicity for your book.

You can visit Tiffany at:

Master watercolor illustrator is forming a Watercolor Class for Illustrators at her 150-year-old gristmill home on the banks of the Musconetcong River near Hampton, NJ (12 minutes north of Clinton).

The class is for published and unpublished illustrators. We will meet on Monday mornings, 10 – noon, starting July 30th. This is an on-going class. $25 per session. I will give demos, offer technical help on illustration projects, and serve coffee. The group as a whole can offer feedback on individuals’ work.

Illustrators (and Writers and Parents) are VERY busy people with many demands on their time. I understand that artists can’t commit to coming every week. With that in mind I would like to have a roster of at least 8 people.

This is a wonderful opportunity to study under a extremely talented illustrator. Doris was featured on Illustrator Saturday back in July 2010.  You can even see a picture of her gristmill house using this link. Her is Doris’ website link:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Kathy, this most definitely IS fun stuff going on! Susan’s interview with Kami is VERY entertaining 🙂 I also wish I didn’t live so far away ’cause I would’ve loved to attend Tiffany’s Book Launch Party and possibly attend Doris’s classes! All great stuff! 🙂


  2. I realy love your books


  3. I realy love your books


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