Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 21, 2016

Writing and Illustrating Opportunities

blog syliva lu Pirate Parrots Sample Illo 1

Sylvia Liu’s portfolio is at Her debut picture book as an author, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay, will be published by Lee & Low Books in May 2016.


AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS: Do you have a book that you would like to promote? Each month I will feature two books to help authors promote their books.

It can be a self-published book, but remember you will be competing for the same open spots as a book published by the big publishers. Do not submit a book that has already been featured on this blog. Submit another book. You must agree to doing a book-giveaway.

If you are interested, please send me the following things using Kathy.temean (at) Please put BOOK PROMOTION in the subject area:

  1. A .jpg of the cover at least 500 pixels wide.
  2. A picture of you.
  3. Your bio
  4. The story of your books journey to publication.
  5. Description of your book and the story.


If you are an illustrator and would like to be featured in 2016 on Illustrator Saturday, then send me a not with some samples and a link to your work. Please use the gmail address above and put “Illustrator Saturday Consideration” in the subject area.

If you were featured before 2013 on Illustrator Saturday and have at least 20 illustrations that weren’t shown on Writing and Illustrating, then write me about your desire to show your new work. Please put “Previous Featured Illustrator” for Illustrator Saturday Post.


If you do not have an agent and would like to be featured and hear what is working or how it could be tweaked to help you sell your work, then please send Two SEQUENTIAL illustrations (Two with the SAME “story/characters‎”) to:

Kathy.temean (at) Illustrations should be at least 500 pixels wide. Please put “ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO” in the subject area and include a blurb about yourself that I can use to introduce you to everyone.

Each Sunday one illustrator will be chosen.


CALL FOR ILLUSTRATORS: Remember I’m always looking for illustrations I can use with articles I post. Send to: Kathy.temean (at) Put “ILLUSTRATION FOR BLOG” in the subject area. Remember all illustration need to be 500 pixels wide. Include a blurb about yourself, too.


This is where you get to tell everyone about your success stories. Have you won a contest, gotten an agent, sold a book or an article? If so everyone wants to hear about it. Send to: Kathy.temean (at) Put “SUCCESS STORY” in the subject area.


I am always looking for articles about writing and illustrating that I can share with my followers that will help them improve their skills, etc. It is a good way to get your name out there and promote your books, too. Send me an email with your ideas to: Kathy.temean (at)


Each month an industry professional will critique four first pages from the pages submitted.

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.

Hope to hear from you.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you for everything on this blog, Kathy!!! So many opportunities!


  2. I think I’ll dub thee KidLit Opportunity Angel Extraordinaire – many thanks!


  3. Hooray for Sylvia being featured! I second Dow and Donna’s comments.


  4. YAY, Sylvia! You are so talented and I am so excited to see her work featured here!


  5. Love those bird pirates from Sylvia!


  6. Awesome illustration, Sylvia! Yarrrrh!


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