Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 15, 2016

Free Fall Friday – Happy Library Week – Stephanie

Call for Mother’s Day Illustrations and Poems!

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Ana Ochoa sent in this adorable illustration to help us celebrate National Library Week. Ana was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to see her featured post.

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Stephanie Fretwell-Hill from Red Fox Literary is April’s featured agent. Send in a first page by April 21st for a chance to have it critiqued by Stephanie. (See submission guidelines below)

Stephanie represents both authors and illustrators of board books, picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She will consider stories in any genre, but looks for a strong voice, rich and multi-layered plots, and stylish, classic, or quirky illustrations. Most of all, she loves anything that really makes her laugh.

Did you know this about Stephanie? Before joining Red Fox Literary she took a editor position with Peachtree Publishers in 2011, where she edited board books through young adult titles. Her acquisitions received numerous starred reviews and honors such as YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and Parents’ Choice Awards.   

Her accumulation of ten years’ experience in children’s book publishing lead to her new role, which combines the excitement of sales and negotiation with the creativity of editing and acquisitions, but mostly hinges on building strong relationships.

How to submit: Stephanie will be open to unsolicited submissions for six months (ending mid-July 2016). Please send art samples, complete picture book text, or first three chapters of a novel (and a query) to querystephanie [at]


In the subject line, please write “April 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: April 21st.

RESULTS: April 29th.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,


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