Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 7, 2017

Editor of the Month – Mira Reisberg

Dr Mira Reisberg editor at Clear Fork Publishing’s children’s imprint Spork has agreed to be our featured editor for the month of July and critique four first pages. Besides being an editor, she is a multi-published, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. She also runs and continues to help children’s book writers and illustrators get published with the courses she conducts at the Children’s Book Academy. In a former life not too long ago, Mira was a literary agent and a children’s literature professor. She has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on kid lit.

Stop back next Friday to read Part One of the Interview I had with Mira. In the meantime you can start submitting your first pages using the guidelines below:


In the subject line, please write “June 2017  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). REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!

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: July 20th.
RESULTS: July 28th.

Please only submit one first page a month, but do try again if your first page wasn’t one of the pages randomly picked. Thanks!


Still time to sign up for Mira’s picture book e-course starting July 24th. Every week – Monday through Friday, there are fresh lessons and exercises from the faculty released on their password protected website that also includes tons of resources that include lists of publishers and agents, worksheets, done-for you templates, and much more. There is an interact private Facebook group where questions are answered and small critique groups are set up for those who want to participate. There is a special webinar page for each week where students post responses to each webinars topic – e.g., thumbnails, quirky or memorable characters etc. Times are scheduled to accommodate folks in different countries as much as possible. These webinars are record for those who can’t make it live.

I took the Middle Grade Writing Course earlier this year and it was chuck full of information. Everyday there were new exercises and things to do. I couldn’t do everything, but Mira gives you access to all the files for six months – so you can work at your own pace. I certainly found the course made me focus on finishing the first draft of my new book.

An impressive fact: Over 140 Children’s Book Academy students have signed contracts for published books.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I have taken some of Mira’s classes and I am a member of Children’s Book Academy. Thank you for the opportunity to send another First Page. Gently I share with you that you put “June 2017 Critique” in this email with the directions to send our First Page this month. I know this is a July offer, isn’t it?


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