Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 25, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Kudos

The Four Winners of the September Book Give-Away Are as Follows:

Suzy Leopold – Hazel Mitchell’s – WHERE DO FAITIES GO WHEN IT SNOWS
Sindhu Vijayasarathy – Chris Burton – THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA
Darlene Beck-Jacobson – Phyllis Naylor’s – A SHILOH CHRISTMAS
Michelle Kogan – Eileen Spinelli’s – THANKFUL


This fun camping picture was sent in from Kristin Varner who was featured on Illustrator Saturday back in Sept. of 2013! Some of her picture books for children include ‘Big Feelings’ and ‘Aladdin – A Tale from the Middle East’.

Jennifer Reinharz received an Honorable Mention this year in The 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for her essays .  She says, “I feel very fortunate to have been recognized 2 years in a row and wanted to thank you for letting me know about the contest in the first place.

Tom Miller will join the Carol Mann Agency as an agent affiliate on October 20, representing a broad range of nonfiction and fiction authors. He is currently an agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

Anjali Singh has joined Ayesha Pande Literary as an agent, where she will be pursuing fiction, nonfiction, YA and graphic novels. She was previously editorial director at Other Press, and an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin and Vintage.

Judy McDonough has joined Thomas Nelson as director of publicity, W Publishing Group. She spent the past seven years running her own independent PR firm JEMMedia.

In the UK, agent Penny Holroyde and former Hodder Children’s art director Claire Cartey launched Holroyde Cartey earlier in the year, an agency representing both authors and illustrators.

Former publisher of Penguin India and editor-in-chief of Random House India Chiki Sarkar is starting a new publishing company, Juggernaut. They aim to publishing 50 titles a year starting in April 2016 and will be distributed by Hachette India. Durga Raghunath is CEO and co-founder (she launched Firstpost and was CEO, Web18) and the team includes such experienced publishing professionals as art director Gavin Morris, managing editor Jaishree Ram Mohan, and editors Nandini Mehta and R. Sivapriya. The announcement says, “Juggernaut will give authors both a digital and a physical platform, and will reimagine books for mobile at both ends of the spectrum – new ways of commissioning and rethinking the reading experience, book distribution and payments.”


Tamra Tuller pic

Editor Tamra Tuller

Freelance Editor Tamra Tuller has agreed to be September’s Guest Critiquer for this month’s first pages. Tamra is focusing her freelance editorial business on middle-grade, young adult novels, and picture books.

Here is a little bit about Tamra:

Tamra Tuller first got her publishing feet wet in the Scholastic Book Clubs. She then moved on to Scholastic’s trade division at Blue Sky Press, followed by Philomel Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, and most recently Chronicle Books.

She has a strong interest in reality-based contemporary and historical fiction, but she has fallen in love with books of all genres and will gladly work on a wide variety of titles, including picture books. She has worked with such authors as Ruta Sepetys, Beth Kephart, Kathryn Erskine, Leila Sales, Hannah Moskowitz, and K.A. Holt.

Tamra lives in Oakland, California.

Here is some information about her freelance editing business:

Whether you’re on your first draft or your fifth, any manuscript can benefit from an editor’s eye to help you realize you where you are going right, and where you could use some more work. After ten years working for major publishers, I can provide you an unbiased and informed opinion on how to get your work ready for an agent or a publisher.

If you are interested in Tamra’s services, she can be reached at

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations Jen! You know how much I love your writing!


    • You are so sweet, Darlene! Thank you for all the support 🙂 – Jen


  2. Love Kristin’s art. Thanks for all the info, Kathy. 🙂


  3. Love the illustration, Kristin! And so nice to hear about Tamra 🙂

    Missing SO much, Kathy *sigh* Hoping to find time!


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