Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 12, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Kudos – First Page Guidelines

On July 1st John Cusick will join Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management where he will focus on picture books, middle-grade, and young adult. John looks to grow his client list of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome John to the Folio Jr. team! His eye for talent, keen editorial insights, ambition, and passion for children’s books make him an extraordinary addition to our agency.

Somehow I missed announcing this good news: New Jersey Author Yvonne Ventresca won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the Atlantic Region for her book Pandemic published by Sky Pony Press.

Beside that good news Yvonne has a short story, “Escape to Orange Blossom” in an upcoming YA dystopian anthology, Prep for Doom. Here’s the Goodreads link:

Gayle Aanensen had a nice review for her book, “Greater Than Gold” in Kirkus. Here is the link.

Are you going to the NJSCBWI Conference this weekend? Donna Taylor has a template that you can use for your schedule. Here is the link.

penfoldThis month’s Guest Critiquer, Agent Alexandra Penfold 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.

ALEXANDRA is one of the agents doing the Avalon Full Manuscript Writers Retreat this 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. Thank you for the shout-out, Kathy! Looking forward to seeing you at the conference.


  2. Hey, Kathy! Thanks for posting the link to my blog. I hope there are conference attendees who can make use of the Personal Schedule template 😀

    And, of course, a BIG CONGRATS to Yvonne! Way to go! Gayle, too!

    Looking forward to meeting Alexandra this weekend, too 🙂


  3. It sure would be nice to submit a first page without having to put my name on it. LOL. Thanks, Kathy, for all your wonderful writing and illustrating post. 🙂


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