Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 4, 2015

Free Fall Friday – iBook Picks – First Page Guidelines


Beanstalk girl

The above illustration, Beanstalk Girl is Sylvia Lu’s latest illustration. To see more of her work, please visit her website:

A New Approach for iBooks’ Monthly Picks

With their Best Books of September list, Apple’s iBooks Store brings a new format to their monthly selections, picking five books each from “five popular categories”: fiction; mysteries/thrillers; nonfiction; YA; and romance. Their titles for the month are:

Purity, Jonathan Franzen
Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins
After You, Jojo Moyes
Fear of Dying, Erica Jong
Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg
The Nature of the Beast, Louise Penny
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, Vaseem Khan
Pretty Girls, Karin Slaughter
Trigger Mortis, Anthony Horowitz
Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling
Hitler’s Art Thief, Susan Ronald
The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr
Objective Troy, Scott Shane
Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson
Dumplin’, Julie Murphy
All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
I Crawl Through It, A.S. King
Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
Zeroes, Scott Westerfeld
Hold On, Kristen Ashely
If You Only Knew, Kristan Higgins
Dark Wild Night, Christina Lauren
Finding You, Kelly Elliott
The Color of Time, Julianne MacLean



In the subject line, please write “September 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: September 24th.

RESULTS: October 2nd.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow



  1. What fun to see Sylvia’s painting here…it’s a cool take on the Beanstalk story!


  2. Sylvia’s illlustration is great.


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