Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 10, 2012

Free Fall Friday – Guest Critiquer Announced

Editorial Consultant Sarah Cloots has agreed to critique our August Writing Picture Prompt. 

Sarah Cloots is a graduate of Rice University and the Columbia Publishing Course; as well as the New York University courses MBA Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Copyediting, and Writing for Children; and MediaBistro’s YA Novel Writing. She was an editor at Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, for four and a half years. 

She began her publishing career as a reporter for The Kingwood Observer newspaper and as an intern at Bloomsbury Children’s Books. She has worked on books for young readers of all ages, from board books through young adult novels.  Here it the link to her website:

Here is the First Page Picture Prompt for August. It is by Courtney Autumn Martin. I thought this illustration had many stories wanting to be told. I will announce our Guest Critiquer next Friday. Courtney was featured on Illustrator Saturday last January. Click here to look. Or visit her website at: or her blog: .

WRITERS: 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 “August 23rd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.

ILLUSTRATORS: You still have until August 24th to submit an illustration for August. I’m looking for illustrations where a light source illuminates something in the picture. Examples: A street light, a flashlight, light from a TV or computer, candles, the moon, the sun, etc. Use your imagination to create something new or send something that you already finished. Show off a little and send it something for August. You do not have to wait, I will post the illustrations as they come in during the month, but I will definitely post all by Aug 31st. Please make sure the illustration is at least 500 pixels wide and include a blurb about yourself and a link to see more of your work. Please send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com and put “August Illustration” in the subject box.

Look forward to seeing something from you.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Ooooooooo…I’m looking forward to her critiques!


    • Donna,

      You didn’t answer my e-mail.



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