Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 13, 2014

Free Fall Friday – New Imprints

Andreja PeklarArk

I thought this fun illustration by Andreja Peklar went well with the publishing news of new imprints. It helps float all our boats. Andreja was born in a small medieval town of Kamnik in Slovenvia. When she grew up she moved to Lijubijana and studied art history, then switched to painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. She illustrates children’s books.

Sarah LaPolla from the Bradford Literary Agency is our Guest Critiquer for June. See bottom of post for Submission Guidelines and Deadline.


New Imprints:
HarperCollins’ science fiction & fantasy imprint Voyager is expanding its digital-first Impulse program with 31 new titles set for publication between July 2014 through Winter 2015. These digital-first publications, the “vast majority” of which were acquired from an open global submissions call in 2012, will be followed by short-run paperback editions.”Voyager Impulse gives us the opportunity to expand our frontlist in new directions and offer a more diverse selection of imaginative fiction to readers,” said svp, executive editor and director of editorial development at Morrow and Voyager Jennifer Brehl in the announcement. “I for one am energized by the vast potential opened up by digital publishing.” Voyager will also publish the first US title acquired through the submissions call, THORN JACK by Katherine Harbour, as a hardcover next month.

Harper Canada will launch a new imprint, Harper Avenue, in fall 2014 devoted to fiction and non-fiction “that capture readers with strong storytelling and unique, memorable voices, and will feature ‘must-read’ works.” Titles on the launch list include fiction from David Nicholls, Caitlin Moran, Emily St. John Mandel, Jacqueline Baker and Graeme Simsion, and non-fiction from Amy Poehler and Andrea Martin. “Harper Avenue will give further shape and focus to an exciting part of our Canadian publishing program by highlighting books that speak directly to readers’ desire for compelling storytelling,” said vp, executive publisher and editor-in-chief at Harper Canada Iris Tupholme in the announcement. “Featuring books that readers will fall in love with and recommend to their friends, Harper Avenue gives special positioning to a select group of titles within the larger framework of one of the largest and most successful publishers in the country.

“Another new imprint, Fig Tree Books, for which we carried our first deal report yesterday (it’s separate from the UK imprint Fig Tree), will launch in March 2015, distributed by PGW. Founded and financed by former pharmaceutical businessman and inventor Fredric Price, the new house will focus on literary fiction about the American Jewish experience. Editor-in-chief Michelle Caplan says, “The American Jewish experience is a rich and broad category with a long history of compelling literature as well as an area that many talented contemporary writers are dynamically exploring. Our goal is to make Fig Tree the first place readers turn to in order to find new voices as well as classics that will still appeal to current readers.”

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

Please put “June First Page Critique” in the subject line. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it is as picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top.

Besides pasting it into the body of the email, please attach your first page submission in a Word doc using one inch margins and 12 point font – double spaced, no more than 23 lines and e-mail and send it to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. So it should be cut and pasted into the body of the e-mail and then also attached as a Word document to the email.

DEADLINE: June 19th.

RESULTS: June 27th.

Use inch margins – double space your text – 12 pt. New Times Roman font – no more than 23 lines – paste into body of the email and attach.

CALL FOR ILLUSTRATIONS: Still need illustrations for summer. Would love to show off your illustrations during one of my daily posts. So please submit your illustrations: To kathy (dot) temean (at) gmail (dot) com. Illustrations must be at least 500 pixels wide and include a blurb about you that I can use. Put Summer Illustration in the subject area. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Love, love, LOVE this illustration! 😀


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