Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 6, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Opportunities & First Page Critique Guidelines


Lauren Gallegos is having a Solo Art Show at the California State University in Fullerton  CA.

DATE AND TIME: Sunday March 29th – 1:00pm5:00pm

LOCATION: At the Titan Student Union Building in the Chapman Atrium.

She will be sharing some art from recent books she has worked on, as well as some personal art projects. If you live on the West Coast and can attend, I am sure you will enjoy meeting Lauren and her exhibit. If you are like me and live thousands of miles away, you can still visit Lauren on her Illustrator Saturday post.



The Unwritten: What You Don’t Say When Writing Picture Book Manuscripts: A Free Webinar
Wednesday March 18th, 8 – 9 pm:

Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson are giving a free webinar that will provide some insights into how picture book stories work, and give you a tool to use to assess your own.

More information here, and links to register (you must register in advance):

This free webinar stands alone, but it also serves as a preview of Kid’s Book Revisions upcoming “Revising and Re-Imagining Your Picture Book Manuscript”.


The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference 2015—Registration now open!

This annual conference for writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, educators, and digital developers is to be held at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, June 12-14.

Intensives, workshops, and panels with people from  Abrams • Chronicle • CreateSpace • Highlights for Children • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • iNK Think Tank • Kids Discover • Lerner Publishing • National Geographic Kids • New York Public Library • Nickelodeon • NonfictionMinute • Pubslush • Regan Arts • Scholastic • Science Plus, Inc. • Simon & Schuster• Trident Media Group • Zest Books, and more to come! To register, and for full details of the program and faculty, go to


williampu-logo-blackAnnual Spring Writer’s Conference

The Department of English at the William Paterson University of New Jersey is proud to host an annual writer’s conference each spring.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Featuring Porochista Khakpour and writing workshops in:
☼ Poetry
☼ Fiction
☼ Screenwriting
☼ Young Adult Fiction
☼ Creative Nonfiction
☼ Publishing
To register, please visit or go directly to


Amazon has reduced the Kindle price for TOUCH by Jus Accardo and published by Entangled (has 3,600 five-star ratings on Goodreads!) Sale price $1.99. Ends March 15th.

The Falconer (Book 1) by Elizabeth May priced dropped to $1.99. Price good until March 31st. It is published by Chronicle Books. I bought both today.



In the subject line, please write “March 2015 First Page Critique” and paste the text in the email, then attached it in a Word document to 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 on both the email and the Word document.

Your First Page Word document should be formatted 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. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: March 19th.

RESULTS: March 27th.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow



  1. Thanks for sharing about my art show Kathy! I’m excited to share my art with everyone in person for a change! I also signed up for the free Webinar! So excited to participate in that!


    • Lauren,

      My pleasure. Everyone will love what they see. Good luck.
      PS: Did you get married and change your last name? Will you still use Gallegos for your artwork?



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