Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 17, 2014

Free Fall Friday – Industry Update

INDUSTRY UPDATE:

traceypro-headshotsmallTracey Baptiste started this week at Rosen Publishing as a YA editor. Rosen does nonfiction books for the school and library market. She will be looking to work with new authors.

Tim Bartlett will join St. Martin’s Press as executive editor on February 3.

At Henry Holt, Allison Adler and Caroline Zancan are both being promoted to associate editor.

At Transatlantic Literary Agency, Stephanie Sinclair and Amy Tompkins have been promoted to associate agent.

In the UK, Penguin and Random House are bringing their children’s book lines together in a single companywide children’s division (the first such consolidated division since the merger last summer).

Weldon says, “We believe that having one really brilliant and dynamic children’s division will allow us to compete even more effectively on behalf of all our authors, illustrators and licensing partners for the attention of young readers in an environment which now offers them an unlimited choice of entertainment and information.” He notes that “in just three years Francesca has transformed children’s publishing at Penguin, growing sales by 20 percent.”

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!

BELOW IS THE PICTURE PROMPT for anyone who would like a little inspiration for their first page. 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/

WinterWalkLauraJacobsen

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

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.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Love Laura’s wintery mood piece…AH Jan Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. From: Writing and IllustratingSent: Friday, January 17, 2014 12:06 AMTo: chris@catugeau.comReply To: Writing and IllustratingSubject: [New post] Free Fall Friday – Industry Update

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    Kathy Temean posted: “INDUSTRY UPDATE:

    Tracey Baptiste started this week at Rosen Publishing as a YA editor. Rosen does nonfiction books for the school and library market. She will be looking to work with new authors.

    Tim Bartlett will join St. Martin’s Press as executiv”

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    • Chris,

      Every month I go back and look over the illustrations from Illustrator Saturday to come up with an illustration that might be good to inspire a first page. Over the years, there have been a lot of writers who have written a first page from the picture prompt and gone on to write a whole book. A few have even sold the book. That is so much fun. I try to pick one that can be interpreted into a picture book, middle grade, or young adult. If you notice an illustration that would be good, I love you to point it out.

      Kathy

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  2. Dear Kathy: I am going to post about Freefall Friday on my FB. Thank you for all of the information you share, daily.
    Sincerely, Shiela Fuller

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  3. Thanks for including me in this lineup, Kathy!

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    • Tracey,

      I am thrilled to be able to include you. Way to go!

      Kathy

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  4. Kathy,

    I am sorry to be asking so many questions, but I need clarification. I saw the January 2014 Prompt Critique contest mentioned on FB. I am entering 😀 I would like to blog about this contest, but I cannot find the explanation of the contest and how it works. Please email me the information at jackiewellington21@gmaill.com. Also, is there a limit as to how many times you may submit an entry. Is it one entry per person or can you submit more than once. Thanks.

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    • Jackie,

      To send 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 First Page Critique” or “January First Page Picture Prompt Critique” in the subject line. Make sure you have your name on the submission, a title, and indicate the genre.

      You can only send in one first page each month. It can be the same first page each time or a different one. It can be a first page from a work in process or you can use the picture prompt to inspire a first page.

      Please include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it is as picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top.

      Everyone who submits a first page gets their name put on a slip and placed in a basket and then I pull out four names

      The deadline is January 23rd and the four winners will have their first page critique posted on Friday January 31st.

      I think I have included everything, but feel free if to ask another question if I missed something.

      Kathy

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      • You have answered it all. I will be blogging this information. I will tweet it as well. And share it on FB. Thanks for your urgent reply. It is appreciated.

        Last question. Do you do this contest monthly?

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  5. Done. Here is the blog post about this contest. By the way, the illustration is amazing 😀

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    • Jackie it looks great! Thanks, Kathy

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      • Jackie,

        Yes, I have the contest every month.

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  6. Kathy, I just tweeted about this opportunity and shared it with Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 group via FB.

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  7. I am posting on my website/ blog about Free Fall Friday, and I’m entering the first page contest.

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