Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 23, 2017

Book Winners – Cover Reveal – Industry News – Kudos

Carl Scott has won DADDY DEPOT by Chana Stiefel
Emily Wayne RENATO AND THE LION by Barbara DiLorenzo

Cover Reveal: David L. Harrison’s new book A PLACE TO START A FAMILY coming out on January 18, 2018.

Scholastic reported fiscal fourth quarter 2017 sales through May 31 of $499.6 million, down $14.2 million from a year ago, on lower sales in children’s publishing and distribution and international. Operating income for the quarter was $64.2 million, up $5.8 million on increased education sales and lower costs.

Children’s trade sales were $43.3 million for the quarter (down $2.4 million from a year ago), though for the full year trade sales were $307.9 million on last year’s new Harry Potter books, compared to $211.7 million in fiscal 2016. The Potter gain comprised all of the year’s sales increase and then some: 2017 sales of $1.742 billion were up $69 million.

Keanu Reeves is a co-founder of a new Los Angeles-based independent press, X Artists’ Books. Created with artist Alexandra Grant and designer Jessica Fleischmann, the press will be a “a small publisher of thoughtful, high-quality, artist-centered books that fit within and between genres.”

Cindy Johnson has been promoted to managing editor for Random House Children’s/Golden Books. Megan Williams has been promoted to associate managing editor for Crown Children’s.

Sanford J. Greenburger has hired Mary Kate Skeehan as senior scout (she has been sub rights associate at Norton), and John Bowers as scout (he was at The Bent Agency), with Hanna Masaryk promoted to senior scout children’s and YA.

Lauren Smulski has been promoted to associate editor for Harlequin Teen.

Erica Finkel has been promoted to editor for Abrams Children’s.

Talk tomorrow,




  1. Great, thank you for the updates! Where do you get this information?


    • Knowing people in the industry – reading Publishers Weekly – surfing the Internet.

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  2. Kathy, thank you for sharing the cover of my upcoming book. Giles Laroche did his usual stellar job!


    • Giles Laroche was my illustration teacher many years ago at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA! Now I have a book out. He is an incredible teacher.


  3. Thanks so much for the excellent news regarding Daddy Depot! Please let me know if you require any further information. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


  4. First, YAY for Carl and Emily on those great books! It’s always interesting (sometimes scary) hearing about how the industry is moving along. J.K. Rowling continues to be a driving force that helps “save” things, you know? And it’s so interesting about Keanu Reeves. It reveals a side of him that, unless you know or follow what he’s doing, that you wouldn’t know or guess. It’s nice 🙂


  5. So excited that Emily Wayne won a copy of my book, RENATO AND THE LION! Thank you for your support Kathy, and thank you Emily for your comment!


  6. Yayyy! SO excited to read RENATO!!


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