Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 5, 2016

Free Fall Friday: August Featured Editor

This month we have a treat; Editor Julia Maguire has agreed to be our first page critiquer and this month’s Featured Professional. We will find out more about Julia next Friday. Meanwhile, send in your first pages (see bottom of page).

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Julia Maguire is an Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers. Prior to that, she worked at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

She currently edits picture books and middle grade and YA novels. She also, is working with illustrators and picture book writers during a 5 week online course at the Children’s Book Academy, starting next month.

She received her degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts and her Masters in Publishing from NYU. She started her publishing career interning at Bloomsbury Children’s Books in 2006 and has worked on picture books ever since. The best part of the job is collaborating with artists and art directors to bring a picture book to life. She has worked with several wonderful illustrators including Matthew Cordell, Jennifer A. Bell, Ben Clanton, Gemma Correll, Abigail Halpin, Louis Thomas and Lucy Knisley. 

In her spare time, she loves to run and has finished one marathon and several half marathons. She also loves to bake (hence all the running.)


In the subject line, please write “August 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 passed 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: August 19th (12:00pm EST).

RESULTS: August 26th.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,


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