Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 17, 2015

Free Fall Friday – First Pages, Winner and Reminders

Last week I told you I had one spot left for Alex Slater at the Avalon Writer’s Full Manuscript Retreat at the end of September, well that spot has been taken. But as soon as I filled that spot someone in the other session had to drop out, so it is not too late to get in. Please contact me if you have any interest or questions. Agent Scott Treimel and Agent Alexandra Penfold are working with us during the second session. Here is the original post with the details for the retreat.


Jeanne Balsam is the winner of Mike Ciccotello’s original art doodle coffee cup – “Gus and Oliver”.


Everyone has until the end of Sunday to leave a comment for Lori Keehner in order to get a chance to win an illustrated coffee mug. Here is the link:


Everyone who leaves a comment, etc for Dianne Ochiltree by the end of Monday will have a chance to win a signed copy of her new book IT’S A SEASHELL DAY. Here’s the link:

Send in a first page to me by July 23rd for a chance to win a first page critique with Alex Slater.

Check back tomorrow for another Give-away.

Alexander SlaterAlexander Slater from the Trident Media Group has agreed to be July’s Guest Critiquer.

Here is more info about Alex:

He is looking to build his list. When asked how he became an agent at Trident, concentrating in the expanding children’s, middle grade and young adult businesses, Alex simply replies, “It was only natural.” While karma is not an established business concept, it is clear that Alex’s career arc led him in this happy direction.

Start with Alex’s love of fiction, and in particular the stories that captivate the minds and imaginations of young people, from those so young that books are read to them, to young adults who get captivated by creative fiction. “I love to let myself go, and become the reader, whether the story is directed at a ten-year-old or a teenager,” says Alex.

Next is Alex’s experience at Trident, where he has been since 2010. He became a very successful agent representing the company’s children, middle grade and young adult authors in many licensing arrangements in the global marketplace for translation and in the English language in the U.K., having placed books with publishers in dozens of countries. Alex was Trident’s representative at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy, as well as the broader-based London and Frankfurt book fairs. His experience in representing fiction in these areas showed him what elements in stories work well, and how to maximize the value of what an author has created.

He is now building his list domestically at Trident, while keeping his focus on these areas. As a Foreign Rights Agent, he sold international rights for authors such as R.J. Palacio, Louis Sachar, Jessica Sorensen, L.J. Smith, Rebecca Donovan, and many others.

Alex’s plan is to, “Look for stories that will rise above the rest with characters that will be remembered well past childhood, with the potential to cross over to other media and formats,” such as programming, games, motion pictures and merchandise. “Trident is the leader on taking advantage of the latest opportunities presented by changing technology,” says Alex, and, “I will be there to help make the latest innovations happen for my authors.”

“I believe that the most successful writers have a bit of the dreamer in them.” And Alex passionately believes that he can help turn their dreams into reality.

What Alex is looking for: Alexander is interested in children’s, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, from new and established authors. As he says, “I’m looking for projects that will rise above the rest…characters you’ll remember well past childhood…books that translate well to film because within them contain incredible stories, not because they’re the latest trend.” He particularly loves authors like Frank Portman, Jim Shepard, Jenny Han, and Rainbow Rowell.

How to submit: Send a query letter, pasted in the body of the email, to aslater [at] Your query should include only a paragraph about yourself, a brief plot pitch, and your contact information. Please do not send a manuscript or proposal until you have been requested to do so.

Follow him on Twitter: @abuckslater.

The four winning first pages will be sent to Alex Slater from Trident Media for critique. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE YOUR CRITIQUE POSTED.

Here are the guidelines for submitting a First Page in July:

In the subject line, please write “July 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. First page should not be submitted with two pages. Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Last month a number of submissions were taken out of the mix, due to not following the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc.

DEADLINE: July 23rd.

RESULTS: July 31st.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Hi Kathy,

    I am interested in submitting for the Alex Slater spot. How soon would you need my page and info?

    Thank you, Jennifer Kirkeby


  2. My apologies, Kathy. You state clearly what date you need the first page by. When I saw that someone had dropped, I responded too soon.

    Thank you for all that you do. The talent and information that you share with the writing and illustration world is priceless.

    Best Wishes, Jennifer Kirkeby


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