Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 8, 2017

December’s Feature Editor: Rachael Stein

Rachael Stein  is an acquiring Assistant Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She works on books for kids of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult and both fiction and nonfiction.

She is a voracious reader and children’s books fanatic. Some of the amazing authors she works with are Linda Sue Park, Gary D. Schmidt, Kate Milford, Ronald L. Smith, and Sarah Beth Durst. Before joining the Clarion team in 2016, Rachael worked at Scholastic, Lee & Low Books, Macmillan, and the Fox Literary Agency. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachaeljstein.

I discovered Rachael while writing up Monday’s post sharing Mira Reisberg’s new online course for writers and illustrator interested in improving their skills writing and illustrating chapter books and middle grade novels. So I asked if she would like to be our featured editor for December and critique four first pages for us and she said, “Yes.” Rachael will be critiquing  in December.

If you have submitted a first page this year and didn’t score a critique, you should try again this month, since the amount of first page submissions are always lower in December. In other words, your odds increase in December.

HERE ARE THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES DECEMBER:

In the subject line, please write “DECEMBER 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: DECEMBER 20th.
RESULTS: DECEMBER 29th.

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!

CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR PART ONE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH RACHAEL.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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