Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 12, 2013

So Many Kudos


Jason Kirschner’s above illustration was the winner of the NJSCBWI Artist Exhibit Award for an Unpublished Illustrator.

Yvonne Ventresca – Signed book deal with Skyhorse Publishing for a contemporary YA novel about a flu pandemic.

Robin Newman – Signed a book contract for her chapter book, “The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery (Creston Books, Agent: Fleissig) Plus, she received an SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant Letter of Commendation.

Linda Bozzo – Signed two book deals with Amicus for eleven nonfiction books about the military.

Susan Hood – Sold 2 new picture books to Random House. Plus, her book SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER won a 2013 Int. Latino Award.

Ame Dyckman – Signed another book deal and picked up her Crystal Kite Book Award at the conference.

Adam Lehrhaupt – Landed an Agent when his editor Alexandra Penfold joined Literary Agency, Upstart Crow. His debut book, Warning: Do Not Open This Book! with Simon and Schuster is coming out 8/27/13.

Nancy Viau – Had two PBs come out this spring: LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! and STORM SONG. One PB forthcoming in 2014.

Pam Brunksill – Sold her first magazine piece to Highlights for Children It will appear in this September’s issue.

Laurie Wallmark – Magazine article printed in Cricket and a story in Boys Quest. She sold two additional articles to Boys Quest.

Dave Amaditz – His young adult novel, Dirty Secrets, was the winner of the 2012 SCBWI W-I-P Grant for a Contemporary Novel.

Wendy Greenley – Just discovered her poem “Elegy to my Hotel Bed” is included in the July/August issue of the SCBWI Bulletin.

Tracey Baptiste – Is working with Scholastic as an editor in their education department with a digital teacher training product called Scholastic U.

eric sailerrabbitholeEric Sailer took Honorable Mention in the NJSCBWI Artist Exhibit with the above illustration.

connie stephen barbara mariettacropped

Left to Right: Agent Jessica Regel, Agent Stephen Barbara, Sheri Oshins, Leeza Hernandez, Kelly Calabrese, Connie Colon, Agent Marietta Zacker.

If you would like to see more photos taken at the conference click these links:

Congratulations to all! I expect that I will be able to report back lots of other success stories once the bubble to the surface after the dust settles from the good things that went on at the conference.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, people! Way to gooooooooooo! Ear-to-ear smile here for everyone 😀 😀 😀 Checking out the other pics now…


  2. congrats Jason….it’s a wonderful piece…you had FUN….and it shows!


  3. That IS a lot of kudos. Thanks for mentioning me, Kathy.


  4. Kathy, thanks so much for posting. And many, many thanks for the website, encouragement, support! You are the best!!! 🙂


  5. Thanks for all this good news!


  6. Thanks so much for posting my illustration! I was both proud and excited to win.


    • Jason,

      It is always exciting to win and you had a lot of steep competition. Do you have a website where I can look at more of your illustrations?



  7. Thanks for the shout out, Kathy! Talk about “in good company” – I’m in awe of the group!


  8. Love Jason’s illustration! Love the dinosaur!!


  9. Jason’s illustration is full of wonderful details. 🙂


  10. Thanks for sharing my good news, Kathy! Congrats to everyone on their achievements.


  11. yes yes — my website is:

    Thanks for the interest!


    • OH, my GOD, Jason! Your talent/work is absolutely AMAZING!!! (I’m following you!) I really wish I could’ve attended this year’s conference to meet you. I’m curious if it was having your adorable twins that sparked your desire to illustrate children’s books, considering the other work you’ve done. I can’t imagine you won’t be HUGELY successful at it! Good luck 😀


  12. Luv this work.


  13. Jason, I love your colour palette. Gorgeous work! So great to see an unpublished artist getting ahead. That’s my dream one day.


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