Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 8, 2016

Free Fall Friday – Guest Critiquer Alison Weiss

Alison S. Weiss_Headshot 2I am happy to announce that Alison S. Weiss, editor at Sky Pony Press, has agreed to be our Guest Critiquer for January. It is a great way to kick off the year. In 2015 Sky Pony Press signed 37 book contracts with writers from picture books through young adult.

Alison focuses on chapter books through YA.

She’s worked with New York Times best-selling author Jessica Verday (Of Monsters and Madness), Agatha Award winner Penny Warner (The Code Busters Club series), YALSA-award winning Sarah Cross (Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart), ITW Award Finalist Kristen Lippert-Martin (Tabula Rasa), Mike A. Lancaster, Kristina McBride, Jessica Taylor, Amalie Howard, and Sarah McGuire, among others. She also assisted on Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E., which won a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and the 2014 Odyssey Award.

Follow her on Twitter @alioop7.


In the subject line, please write “January First Page Critique” and paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

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: January 21st.

RESULTS: January 29th.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow



  1. I loved meeting Allison at the NJSCBWI Fall Craft weekend. Our dinner table was the best (even if we didn’t break into show tunes, like some.) So generous of her to act as the guest critiquer this month!


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