Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 4, 2015


This week we have some very nice success stories. Congratulations everyone.


The award-winning team of Eileen Cameron and Doris Ettlinger collaborate again in this timely book of historical fiction which highlights Magna Carta. Their first book, G IS FOR THE GARDEN STATE, was selected by New Jersey Center for the Book as Book of the Year, and by the NJ Library Association’s One Book New Jersey as The Children’s Book for the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey in 2014.

Rupert’s Parchment hits the book shelves on April 1st. You can pre-order it now.


Katia Wish just received the copies of her first picture book she illustrated. She says, “It all began when the editor at the NJSCBWI conference picked up my postcard.” Katia’s book comes out on May 5th, but you can pre-order it now.


Kris Aro McLeod signed with agent CATugeau! Yay! She met her through the Illustrator Saturday post on my blog. Here is the first picture book that Kris Illustrated and that seed was planted when she sent Art Director Jennifer Bacheller a post card with a sample of her work. Jennifer kept the sample on her bulletin board until she found the right job for her. Lizzie and the Last Day of School hits the book shelves on April 1. You can pre-order it now.


I received a nice note from Chris Whitaker. He had good news: His novel “Summer Sun & Fire” won second place in a national literary writing contest and is now under consideration for publication: 

He said, “I must thank you for the work you put into to improving the manuscript. Your input definitely contributed to this result, and I wanted to acknowledge your part in this success. I couldn’t have done this alone!”


At Random House Children’s Books, Maggie Gibson has been promoted to production associate.

At the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, Eve Porinchak has been promoted to junior agent.

Alison Weiss joined Sky Pony Press as editor in February, with an emphasis on middle grade and young adult acquisitions. She was previously an associate editor at Egmont USA.

Lerner Publishing has acquired Egmont USA’s list of nearly 100 titles, and will fold those titles into its existing imprints including Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda La, Darby Creek, and Millbrook Press as of April 30.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations Doris! I LOVE work! Kudos to all the other great author/illustrators as well.


  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful success stories and illustrations! Congratulations to all!


  3. Thanks, Kathy. Your critique was so helpful. I’d recommend it to others.


  4. Congrats to all here for your richly illustrated and written books, I’m excited reading about your success! Thanks Kathy for sharing their good news with us. I saw Katia’s work originally at the 2010 or 2011 NY SCBWI conference, and wish you many congrats on your book!


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