Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 7, 2013

Free Fall Friday

The above illustration is by John Manders. He was featured on May 25th without his interview. Here is the link to read john’s interview answers that were added this week :

anna2CALL FOR ILLUSTRATIONS: Please remember to send in your illustrations for June. It is a great way to get seen and keep your name out there to get noticed.

Anna Olswanger has agreed to be our Guest Critiquer for June’s First Page. Deadline will be June 18th, so I wanted to give you an early heads up. For those who like the picture prompt, you will find it at the bottom of this post.

Anna Olswanger is a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates in New York. Anna has been a literary agent since 2005 and has sold to Boyds Mills Press, Marshall Cavendish, Dutton, HarperCollins, McElderry, Pomegranate, and Random House Children’s Books, among other publishers. Specializing in: middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, some adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s illustrated books, and Judaica.

Anna is particularly interested in working with author-illustrators.Anna enjoys discovering new authors and illustrators. She is looking for “voice,” the sound and rhythm of an author that could be no one else’s, and has a special interest in children’s picture books (author-illustrators only), adult nonfiction, Judaica, animal stories, and ghost stories. Contact her at

In addition to being an agent, she is the author of the picture book Shlemiel Crooks, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and a Koret International Jewish Book Award Finalist.

You may have attended some of her workshops, like Why Was My Manuscript Rejected? 3 Agents, 3 Opinions, with two other agents (see Writers in the Northeast may also know Anna, because she coorinated the Jewish Children’s Book Writers’ Conference at the 92nd Street Y for many years. In addition, she founded the website

Anna’s own website is

Submission Guidelines for Anna Olswanger:

I only accept email queries (no snail mail queries, please.)

Please insert (cut and paste) the first five pages of your manuscript into the body of your email. (I’m leery of opening attachments from addresses I don’t know.)

Queries to:


June’s Picture Prompt illustration was created by Shawna JC Tenney. She was recently featured on Illustrators Saturday.

WRITERS Sending in a First Page: 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 First Page Critique” or “June First Page Picture Prompt Critique” in the subject line. Make sure you have your name on the submission, a title, and indicate the genre. 


The four chosen and their critiques will be posted on June 28th.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, Kathy, I not only missed the conference, but have been missing so much on your blog lately! I’m reaching the end of my major house-cleaning and organizing (now in my 9th straight week!) and am allowing myself to browse through some recently missed blogs and posts. These illustrations are great! I’m tempted to write a first page, but I don’t think I’ll have time over the next week. We’ll see! I hope so and I hope Anna gets some good pages to read 😀 Since she’s interested in ghost stories, you certainly picked a great prompt illustration! 😀


  2. Hi Kathy,
    I always enjoy reading “Free Fall Fridays”.
    John and Maria’s illustrations are super.


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