Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 18, 2016

Free Fall Friday – Industry News

Adrienne Szpyrka has been promoted to editor at Sky Pony Press.

At Little, Brown Children’s, Deirdre Jones has been promoted to editor.

Random House Children’s Books has promoted Beverly Horowitz to senior vice president, publisher, Delacorte Press, and Mallory Loehr to svp, publisher, Random House/Golden Books, Doubleday, and Crown Books for Young Readers Group. Crown vp, publisher Phoebe Yeh and executive editor Emily Easton will now report to Loehr.

At Chronicle Books, Mirabelle Korn has been promoted to assistant editor.

Andrew Smith will join Abrams as svp, publisher, children’s books on March 31. Previously he was svp, deputy publisher at Little, Brown Children’s. He succeeds Susan Van Metre, who after six years as publisher will transition to vp, editor in chief, children’s books and editorial director, Amulet to focus on acquisitions and guiding its editorial team. Van Metre and associate publisher Jody Mosley will report to Smith.

Jeremie Ruby-Strauss has been promoted to executive editor at Gallery Books.


Rachael dugasAssociate Agent Rachael Dugas at Talcott Notch Literary is now seeking fiction, particularly YA and middle-grade fiction, along with women’s fiction, romance, paranormal and mysteries. She’ll also consider nonfiction, with a strong interest in the arts.

Associate Agent

Rachel joined Talcott Notch Literary in July of 2011, directly following a six-month-long internship with Sourcebooks, Inc., where she assisted the editors with their romance, women’s fiction, and Jane Austen-related titles. Her fabulous fiction clients have written works of young adult, middle grade, romance, and women’s fiction. She also represents two incredibly delicious cookbooks. She hopes to continue procuring works in all of the aforementioned areas (especially YA/MG), and would also love to add some memoir (especially food memoir) with a unique voice, 20th century American historical fiction, mainstream fiction that incorporates fairytale/magical elements, and non-fiction pertaining to the performing arts or food/cooking. In general, Rachel looks for books with incredible writing and real, loveable characters that make me laugh and/or break my heart.

Rachel is a proud Ithaca College graduate (BA in English, minors in writing and theater). Her hobbies include cooking, baking, cake decorating, smothering my Yorkie/Maltese-mix pup with affection, and playing the guitar and piano embarrassingly badly. She says she runs on Diet Coke and iced coffee and couldn’t live in a world without chocolate, carbs, or bacon. You can frequently find her singing, acting, and dancing (again, badly!) across the stages of southern Connecticut. Some books/authors she loves includes David Sedaris, Julie Powell, Jeffrey Steingarten, Jill Mansell, Curtis Sittenfeld, Sarah Addison Allen, Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Plath, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, John Connolly’s Book of Lost Things, Julia Child’s My Life in France, A.S. Byatt, Erica Bauermeister, and Ruth Reichl.

You can follow Rachael on Twitter at:!/RachaelDugas.


In the subject line, please write “March 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: March 17th.

RESULTS: March 25th.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow


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