Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 23, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Call for Halloween Illustrations

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Leon P. Strapko sent in the above digital painting, “It’s Mr. Whiskers! After him!” for us to enjoy.” He is a graduate of Parson School of Design and was an art director for many years. Now he is creating the art instead of directing it. You can see more of his work at:

ILLUSTRATORS: Do you have a Halloween illustration you would like to send in for a special Halloween Illustrator Saturday? Please send to Kathy.temean(at) . Deadline October 29th.

At Zondervan, Robyn Burwell has joined Zonderkidz as acquisition editor “championing book titles geared for readers, ages nine and up.”

At Chronicle Books, Elizabeth Smith has been promoted to assistant managing editor, children’s

vicki selCheck back next Friday to read the four first pages that Vicki Selvaggio critiqued for October.

Here is a little bit about Vicki:

With a strong background in business ownership, Victoria A. Selvaggio comes to The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an Associate Agent with over 6 years of actively working as a volunteer and Regional Advisor for SCBWI Northern Ohio. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author writing all genres, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.

What I’m looking for:

I am currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, adult fiction but find I’m especially drawn to Middle Grade and Young Adult. I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world.

How to submit:

Please email a query to: and put “Query” in the subject line of your email. For queries regarding children’s and adult fiction, please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.

For queries regarding a non-fiction book, please attach the entire proposal as a Word document (the proposal should include a sample chapter), along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis of your book in the body of your email.

Talk tomorrow,


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