Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 19, 2017

Kudos – Cover Reveal – Industry Changes

happy-new-year-kathyAna Ocha has been a professional illustrator for almost 20 years, doing picture books, educational books, cards, calendars, etc. Ana was featured on Illustrator Saturday and she is represented by Catugeau Agency. Such a cute illustration – Thanks for sending it in for all of us to enjoy.

Laurie Wallmark’s book Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine has been nominated for the 2016/2017 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Award.

Plus, Laurie’s second book Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code is now available for pre-order on Amazon and we can now see the beautiful cover.


GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE by Laurie Wallmark and Katy Wu tells the riveting story of a trailblazing computer scientist. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” With a wealth of witty quotes, this book brings her incredible accomplishments to life. Watch the trailer at:

Mike Ciccotello signed with Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency. Mike was featured on illustrator Saturday in 2015. Take a look to see why Rachel was smart to snap him up.

Congratulations to Catherine Onder. She’s joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s as svp and publisher on February 6, based in New York. It’s been so much fun to watch her career advance over the years.

Onder fills the position vacated when Betsy Groban left HMH last summer. Most recently she was editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s. She has a wealth of experience and a tremendous track record in middle reader and young adult publishing.

Congratulations to Cheryl Klein, Executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books will take over as editorial director at Lee & Low Books, replacing longtime editorial director Louise May, who  will step back from her administrative responsibilities on March 1 to become editor-at-large.

At Trident Media Group, Alexa Stark has been promoted to literary agent, focusing primarily on literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

Mary Austin Speaker joins Milkweed Editions as art director on January 17.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, this is all great stuff! Congrats to EVERYone!!! 😀 😀 😀

    I can tell you, my daughter-in-law was blown away by “Ada” when I finally gave her a signed copy as part of her birthday (2 weeks ago) gift 😀 And Mike is the most aMAzing artist! And such a nice guy 🙂 And pretty “handy” with a piano, too 😉

    And I have to be honest—-Cheryl Klein has always been synonymous with Arthur A. Levine so I never expected her to leave! Again, congrats to all 😀


  2. very nice!


  3. I love these updates on what’s happening, Kathy. Wow, how gorgeous is Laurie’s and Katy’s new book. It’s sure to get kids grabbing it.


  4. What a great cover!!!


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