Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 28, 2013

Kudos – Opportunity – Vote

parenting%20march%202013Christine Brower-Cohen sent me this good news and nice note today. I thought I would share it with you:            

A while ago you advised blog readers to find a niche and try getting published in a national parenting magazine to build an audience with moms. Well, I followed your advice and my first article in a national parenting magazine appears in the March 2013 issue of Parenting- School Years edition. I’ve also sold them a second article to be published at a future date, and am currently researching a third piece for them. Thank you for this great advice. For more info on the article which appears in the current issue, click the link to my blog below post below:

Illustrator Russ Cox, who was featured this year on Illustrator Saturday has been hired by Island Port Press to illustrate author Lynn Plourde book “Merry Moosey Christmas” that is slated for release in 2014. Read the full release here:

Simone1You have the unique opportunity to have a one hour critique consultation with an experienced children’s book editor, Simone Kaplan at Picture Book People. Simone had a deal that I missed sharing with you, so I asked her if she would extend her $50 off a critique consultation with the visitors to my blog. She said she would extend it for a week to anyone using the Coupon Code KathyTemean. Simone has two decades of insider experience at Henry Holt and Company and HarperCollins Publishers during which she’s personally accepted, edited and rejected hundreds of children’s picture books. She knows, from beginning to end, how the words and pictures of your manuscript can jump off the page. You’ll find out where your manuscript is, where it should be and how you can best get there and spark the interest of an editor or agent.

To take advantage of this offer, simply use this link: and the coupon code: KathyTemean March 1st to March 8th to receive your discount or LOVE2013 if you do it today Feb. 28th.

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PLEASE VOTE: The first round of voting continues until midnight (PST) today. The top 5 titles that receive the most votes in each Regional Division will advance to the semi-final round of voting which begins on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9am PST and closes on Friday March 15th at 6pm PST. You will be able to vote for a winner from these 5 titles.

To cast your vote simply log in to the website, click on the See what’s going on in your region, click on your regional page, then click on the Crystal Kite tab. Read through the list and then cast your vote for your favorite book.

The votes will then be tabulated and the top vote getters put on a short list for the next round of voting. Round Two voting opens on Monday March. 4th

Below are the books that were published in 2012 in the Atlantic Region (Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey/Wash DC/Virginia/West Virginia/Maryland) Note: I listed all the books for the Atlantic Region, because the list is very impressive and it should give you inspiration to keep moving forward. Just imagine how long the list would be if I had the time to list all the regions. There are a lot of picture books on this list, so things are looking up in that area, too.

Elaine Allen
Mallory the Forgetful Duck
Gregory Allen
Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism
Gigi Amateau
Come August, Come Freedom
Mary Amato
Guitar Notes
Kell Andrews
Beth Arnstein
Cyn Balog
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Pirate Princess
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Half-Pint Pete, the Pirate
Gene Barretta
Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
Charlotte Bennardo
Sirenz Back In Fashion
Kathy Beynette
When Your Porcupine Feels Prickly
Ann Bonwill
I Don’t Want to be a Pea!
Alfred Bortz
Meltdown: The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy FutureJacqueline Boulter
Where Horses Fly
Monica Carnesi
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic
Angelique Clarke
Boomer Explores Annapolis
Daryl Cobb
Pirates: The Ring of Hope
Carol Cole
The Penguin Lady
Debbie Dadey
Trouble at Trident Academy, Book one in Mermaid Tales series
Debbie Dadey
Battle of The Best Friends
Lorraine Dey
The Rain Forest Party
Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Frederic Durbin
The Star Shard
Ame Dyckman
Kelly Ehasz
Anna Abel Takes a Tumble
Marty Figley
Emily and Carlo
Kelly Fineman
At the Boardwalk
Elizabeth Foley
Alison Formento
Jennifer Gladen
Angel Donor
Cynthia Grady
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
Jean Heilprin Diehl
Three Little Beavers
Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil
Jennifer Hubbard
Try Not to Breathe
Ana Jennings
Gopher to the Rescue, A Volcano Recovery Story
Catherine King
Santa’s Glee
Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis
The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice’s Adventures Through the ABCs and What She Found There
Lana Krumwiede
Karen Leggett
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books
Kristin Levine
The Lions of Little Rock
Maggie Lyons
Vin and the Dorky Duet
Maggie Lyons
Dewi and the Seeds of Doom
Dionna Mann
Freedom Pen
Donna Mayers
Wish Upon a Chil.d
Donna Mayers
My Pets Are Always Getting Me Into Trouble!!
Margaret Medina
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind
Jodi Moore
Good News Nelson
Dorothy Morrison
The Lapis Key
Michael Muller
Mirabelle and the Butterfly
Michael Muller
Mirabelle Goes for a Walk
Michael Muller
Mirabelle and the Bouncy Red Ball
Kim Norman
Anna Olswanger
Anne Marie Pace
Vampirina Ballerina
Sydelle Pearl
Hope Somewhere in America: the Story of a Child, a Painting, and a President
Mary Quattlebaum
Jo MacDonald Had a Garden
Candice Ransom
Rebel Mckenzie
Candice Ransom
Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World
Ron Rauss
Can I Just Take A Nap?
Catherine Reef
The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
Brian Rock
Mara Rockliff
My Heart Will Not Sit Down
Mara Rockliff
Me and Momma and Big John
Luis Rodriguez
The Klampie Mystery
Madelyn Rosenberg
The Schmutzy Family
Madelyn Rosenberg
Happy Birthday, Tree: A Tu B’Shevat Story
Rachel Ross
Tiffany Schmidt
Send Me a Sign
Tracy Searight
Images in America Salem Township and Delmont
Marilyn Shank
Child of the Mountains
Jason Smith
Shoo Fly Please Bother Me
Jessica Spotswood
Born Wicked: Book 1 in the Cahill Witch Chronicles
Ann-Michele Sproviero
Caution: Under Construction
Vesper Stamper
The Night the Tooth Fairy Didn’t Come
Laurie Steckler
Lewis the Lamb
Mark Steensland
Behind the Bookcase
Lois Szymanski
Wild Colt
Audrey Vernick
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
Audrey Vernick
So You Want to Be A Rock Star
Kristin Walker
7 Clues to Winning You
Sara Walsh
The Dark Light
Kate Walton
Mark Weakland
Sports Illustrated Kids Football ABCs
Mark Weakland
Sports Illustrated Kids Football Opposites
Stephanie Weis
The Star Child
Timothy Young
Shadows On My Wall
Timothy Young
They’re Coming!
Natalie Zaman
Sirenz Back In Fashion
Glenn Zimmer
Dollars and Sense

Hope to see your name and book on this list next year!

Timothy Young posted in I Hate Picture Books! Book Launch Party! at Books of Wonder Saturday with cupcakes!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you, Kathy!


  2. Simone Kaplan is a talented, experienced professional with a true passion for picture books and a desire to help writers improve their craft. Simone’s coaching has been tremendously valuable in helping me to develop my skills!


  3. This is all such great stuff, Kathy 🙂 Quite the melting pot of good news! And I know who’ll be getting MY vote for the Crystal Kite 🙂


  4. Fantastic web site. Plenty of useful info here.
    I’m sending it to some buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your effort!


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