I want to thank everyone who visited this blog in 2013 and especially all of you who followed my blog. This past year I blogged everyday and was only a few thousand short of hitting a half a million visitors. My top five countries were USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India, but I had someone from every country in the world visit, except for two. Sorry, if you sent me a comment and it wasn’t posted. If couldn’t read the language, I didn’t posted it. I also know I missed replying to a lot of comments over the year. I appreciated hearing from all of you, but sometimes life gets in the way – forgive me, PLEASE!
Below are the names of the top five people who left me comments in 2013:
CALL FOR ILLUSTRATIONS: Looking for illustrations that would go well with the month or any illustration that would go with a writing or illustrating post. Same as always: At least 500 pixels wide, sent to kathy (dot) temean (at) gmail (dot) com, and include a blurb about you. Thanks!
I am please to announce that Agent Sean McCarthy will be our Guest Critiquer for January. I am doing something a little different with January. I feel bad that over the last months so few of the first pages chosen have been picture books, so this month anyone who submits a picture book will get their names placed in the hat, twice. Make sure you note that in your submission is a picture book. Of course, you don’t have to submit a picture book and whether you do or not, you can increase your chances by posting about Free Fall Friday on your blog, facebook, Linkedin, and or Twitter. You must leave a comment to let me know if you did any of those things, so I can put the right amount of slips for you in the drawing.
ABOVE IS THE PICTURE PROMPT for anyone who would like a little inspiration. It is an illustration done by Laura Jacobsen who was featured on Illustrator Saturday on December 7th 2013. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/illustrator-saturday-laura-jacobsen/
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 “January 2014 First Page Critique” or “January 2014 First Page Picture Prompt Critique” in the subject line. Make sure you have your name on the submission, a title, and indicate the genre.
DEADLINE: January 23, 2014
RESULTS POSTED: January 31, 2014
It’s snowing like crazy in New Jersey. I love the snow as long as I don’t have to drive in it. I think New England is going to get slammed. Temp today – 2 below. Aren’t you people in Florida and California jealous? Ha!