Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 5, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Guest Critiquer and Winner of Book Giveaway Announced

WINNER: Tina Cho has won the book giveaway for a copy of RUPERT’S PARCHMENT written by Eileen Cameron and illustrated by Doris Ettlinger Congratulations Tina! Please send me you address, so Eileen can mail you your book.


Alexandra Penfold

It is my is my pleasure to announce that agent Alexandra Penfold from Upstart Crow Literary has agreed to critique four of the “first pages” sent in for June. She has been working in publishing for over a decade. Formerly an Editor at Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, she specializes in young picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult. Prior to becoming an editor, Alexandra was a children’s book publicist. She worked on media campaigns that appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She’s the co-author of New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks and the author of two forthcoming picture books. Alexandra is looking to take on select lifestyle and cooking projects in addition to children’s books.

You can meet Alexandra at the NJSCBWI Conference in June and if you decide to attend the Avalon Full Manuscript Writers Retreat, you will spend time with her in the fall.

Here are the guideline for submitting a first page for critique:


In the subject line, please write “June 2015 First Page Critique” and paste the text in the email, then attached a Word document of your first page 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: June 18th.

RESULTS: June 26th.

Please only submit one first page a month. If your first page isn’t one chosen from the hat, feel free to submit your work next month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow



  1. How neat I won the book. Thanks, Kathy & Eileen! You can mail it to Tina Cho, 405 E. 3rd St. S., Newton, IA 50208


  2. Congratulations, Tina!


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