Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 15, 2017

New Winners – Kudos and Industry Changes

I never got a response from two winners, so I have picked runners-ups for the following books:

Linda Mitchell (original winner) Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson – runner-up: Carol Federline Baldwin.
Maria Marshal (original winner) Where Do Fairies Go When it Snows by Louise Gardner Walsh – runner-up KSBeth.

The winners have until Tuesday to send me their address. In the meantime, runners-ups please email me your addresses. Thanks!

winterfunValeria Wicker is an aspiring children’s book illustrator who graduated from Italian Art and Design Institute in Rome, Italy. Her favorite technique is watercolor and pencils, but is proficient in the use of Illustrator and Photoshop.


Shannon Hitchcock for being nominated by the Nebraska Library Association for the 2017-2018 Nebraska Golden Sower Award for her chapter book RUBY LEE AND ME.

Ame Dyckman nominated by the Nebraska Library Association for the 2017-2018 Nebraska Golden Sower Award for her picture book WOLFIE THE BUNNY.

Tara Lazar just told me she is having two books come out in the first half of 2017. Both are on Pre-order WAY PAST BEDTIME (April) and 7 ATE 9 (May)

YAY! Shannon and Ame and Tara!

At Penguin, Shannon Kelly has been promoted to assistant editor.

At Henry Holt, Serena Jones has been promoted to executive editor. In addition, Caroline Zancan moves up to senior editor, and Eleanor Embry has been promoted to assistant editor.

Kristina Forest has joined Random House Children’s as subsidiary rights coordinator. Previously she was subsidiary rights assistant at Simon & Schuster Children’s.

Melanie Fried has joined Harlequin’s Graydon House imprint as editor.

Chris McEwen has been promoted to creative executive at New Leaf Literary & Media. Previously, he was story editor.

At Scholastic Jody Corbett has been promoted to senior editor, while Erin Black and Paige Hazzan have both moved up to editor, and Weslie Turner is now assistant editor, Arthur A. Levine Books.

Chris Francis has joined Sourcebooks as assistant editor.

Danielle Smith has left Red Fox Literary after three years to launch her own literary agency, Lupine Grove Creative, with most of her clients set to follow her to the new agency. See last Thursday’s post.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. yay for everyone mentioned in all this wonderful, happy news 😀


  2. Valeria’s art made me smile! Thank you.


  3. HI There, I did send my address to Darlene Beck Jacobson. And, I think you and I communicated on facebook. Is there a different e-mail address I should use to contact you? Thanks! Excited. Ms. Jacobson is sending the curriculum guide to her work too! yay!


    • Yes Kathy and Linda, I got in touch with Linda and she should have the book sometime this week.


  4. Kathy, I have tried twice to email it to you. Did you get it?
    If not, can you send me your email address to send it to?


  5. Three Cheers for Tara and Ame!


  6. beautiful illustration.


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