Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 13, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Kudos & First Page Submissions


Darlene Beck Jacobson’s Book WHEELS OF CHANGE was chosen as one of this years 2014 Mighty Girl Books. Here is the link to view all:

Michael Petranek has joined Scholastic as senior editor, licensed publishing.

Celia Lee has moved up to associate editor at Scholastic.

At Abrams Children’s and Amulet, Traci Todd joined recently as executive editor (she was senior editor, children’s publishing at VIZ Media). Jennifer Graham has been promoted to senior managing editor, while Erica Finkel moves up to associate editor.

Alex Glass has formally announced his new literary agency, Glass Literary Management, formed late last year after he left Trident Media Group, where he worked for 13 years. He will continue to concentrate on nonfiction (including prescriptive, narrative, memoir, sports, pop culture, and celebrity); adult literary and general fiction; and children’s fiction.

Heather Flaherty joins the Bent Agency as an agent on February 1. A children’s/YA scout for years, she will focus on YA and middle grade books, as well as select humor and pop-culture nonfiction, and new adult.

elena_gI am happy to announce agent Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties has agreed to read four first pages chosen this month from the submissions.

Twitter: @elenagiovinazzz

Click Here to read about Elena and what she is looking for.

Here are the Guidelines for submitting a first page for the chance to win an Elena critique:

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for February’s First Page Critiques:

In the subject line, please write “February 2015 First Page Critique” and paste the text in the email. 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.

Plus attach your first page Word doc. to email. Format using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page. Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be skipped over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc.

DEADLINE: February 19th.

RESULTS: February 27th.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Amazon has reduced the price of Newbery Honor winning book, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai for $1.99. Sale ends Feb. 16th.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations Darlene! Great news!


  2. Congrats, Darlene! Woo-hoo!


  3. Thanks so much Kathy, Robin and Jennifer. Didn’t even know there was such an organization until Kathy found it. Hugs to all!


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