Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 21, 2014

Free Fall Friday – Industry Changes

CALL FOR ILLUSTRATIONS: Still need illustrations for the month of March or Spring. Surely there are illustrators who have something to show off, so please look to see. Same as always: At least 500 pixels wide, sent to kathy (dot) temean (at) gmail (dot) com, and include a blurb about you. Thanks!

THERE ARE STILL SOME WRITERS WHO DID NOT ATTACHED THEIR FIRST PAGE SUBMISSIONS IN ADDITION TO PASTING  IT INTO THEIR EMAIL. YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS TO CORRECT THIS.

SEE INDUSTRY CHANGES UNDER THE MARCH FIRST PAGE PICTURE PROMPT.

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Always thought there was a story with this picture illustrated by Mark Meyers. Mark spends his days drawing and painting pictures filled with kids, escaping circus monkeys, and everything in between. He was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here is the link: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/illustrator-saturday-mark-meyers/

INDUSTRY CHANGES:

Many of you have asked me if I knew where Danielle Smith had gone after leaving Foreword Literary. Here is the answer: Children’s book blogger and agent Danielle Smith will join boutique agency Red Fox Literary later this month. See original post about Danielle here.

At Disney-Hyperion, Lisa Yoskowitz has been promoted to senior editor, and Laura Schreiber moves up to associate editor.

Also at Disney-Hyperion, Rotem Moscovich has been promoted to senior editor. Disney Press has promoted Nachie Marsham to executive editor, Brooke Dworkin to senior editor, and Clarissa Wong rejoins to assistant editor.

Little, Brown Children’s announced a number of promotions. Connie Hsu has been promoted to senior editor, while Mary-Kate Gaudet moves up to editor. Patti Ann Harris has been promoted to executive art director, while Saho Fuji moves up to associate art director and Liz Casal moves up to senior designer.

Lucas Wittmann has joined Regan Arts as associate publisher and executive editor.

Andrea Walker will join the Random House imprint as senior editor on March 25, reporting to Susan Kamil. Most recently, she had been a senior editor at Penguin Press.

Jack W. Perry will join Highlights for Children as vp, print and ebook sales on March 31.

Susan Dobinick, Assistant Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux is our March Guest Critiquer.

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Susan wants to work on everything. Right now she is especially looking for funny middle grade girl novels. In the young adult realm, I’d like to see books that tackle big social issues but aren’t preachy. With picture books, I like short and funny; I prefer quirky stories over cuddly. Across all formats, I’m a fan of books that have depth but are accessible—so that both kids and critics will love them.

Susan assists two children’s trade imprints. She works with fiction and nonfiction, ranging from picture to young adult books. Her specialties include children’s trade publishing, picture books, chapter books, middle-grade books, young adult books, educational publishing, textbooks, and teacher editions. She holds a B.A. in English from Chicago Goucher College.

Susan is Edith Cohn’s editor for Spirits Key, which is coming out in September. Edith has a nice interview with Susan on her blog. Here is the link:

http://edithcohn.wordpress.com/interviews/interview-with-my-editor/

Here are the submission guidelines for submitting a First Page in March: 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.

DEADLINE: March 21st.

RESULTS: March 28th.

Put “March First Page Critique” or “March 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 month or a different one, but if you sent it to me last month and it didn’t get chosen, you need to send it again using the March directions. Of course, it doesn’t have to be the same submission. It can be a first page from a work in process or you can use the picture prompt above.

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.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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