Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 7, 2019

Opportunities on Writing and Illustrating

Illustration by Barbara Johansen Newman. Barbara was featured on Illustrator Saturday. 

Here are the opportunities available on Writing and Illustrating. I hope you will take advantage of them in 2019.

ILLUSTRATIONS FOR DAILY POSTS: This is a good way to get your work seen and you name out there. Not many illustrators utilized this in 2018.

365 daily posts, provides illustrators many opportunities and I always need illustrations for holidays. You do not have to wait for the holiday to send. I will save them in a folder for the right time. Send to: Kathy.temean (at) Put “ILLUSTRATION FOR BLOG” in the subject area. Remember all illustration need to be 500 pixels wide. Include a blurb about yourself, too.

ASK THE EXPERTS: Dianne Ochiltree answers all your writing and publishing industry questions and Christina Tugeau have been providing advice to illustrators about the industry, promotions, and techniques for last couple of years. Since, we have not had many submissions, so both are taking a break until April. Please send in your questions if you want to encourage them to keep sharing their expertise.

This is an underutilized feature. Try to write down your questions when they come to mind and then send them in. Put Ask Cat or Ask Dianne in the subject area.

KUDOS POSTS: This is where you get to tell everyone about your success stories. Have you won a contest, gotten an agent, sold a book or an article? If so everyone wants to hear about it. Send to: Kathy.temean (at) Put “SUCCESS STORY” in the subject area.

BOOK GIVEAWAYS WITH AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS FEATURED BOOKS: A great way for authors and Illustrators to promote themselves and their books.

I always ask for the author and/or illustrator to write up the books journey, because I feel it helps unpublished authors and illustrators learn how others have walked that road to publication and gain inspiration to do the same.

Self-published book authors can participate. You must agree to doing a book-giveaway.

If you are interested, please send me the following things using Kathy.temean (at) Please put BOOK PROMOTION in the subject area:
1.A .jpg of the cover at least 500 pixels wide.
2.A picture of you.
3.Your bio
4.The story of your books journey to publication.
5.Description of your book and the story.

ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY: If you are an illustrator and would like to be featured on Illustrator Saturday, then send me a note with some samples and a link to your work. Please use the gmail address above and put “Illustrator Saturday Consideration” in the subject area. Remember I can’t be everywhere to see all the great artwork out there.

If you were featured previously on Illustrator Saturday and have at least 20 new illustrations, then email about your desire to show your new work. Please put “Previous Featured Illustrator” in the subject area. Only two illustrator took advantage of this in 2017.


Each month an industry professional will critique four first pages from the pages submitted.

In the subject line, please write “(the current month) First Page 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 your first page).

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.

GUEST POSTS: I am always looking for articles about writing and illustrating that I can share with my followers to help them improve their skills, etc. It is a good way to get your name out there and promote your books, too. Send me an email with your ideas to: Kathy.temean (at) Another under used opportunity.


AGENTS LOOKING FOR CLIENTS: Trying to help you do your homework before submitting.

PLACES TO SUBMIT: Sharing information from various places.

CONTESTS: I try to point these out because submitting to the right contest and getting feedback or winning can be a big boost to keep you writing and illustrating.

CONFERENCES – ONLINE WORKSHOPS – RETREATS: Great way to continue your education of writing and illustrating better. These are also a wonderful way to network and make new friends.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Obviously, we all need to keep up with what is going on in the industry.

HOW TO ARTICLES: Always looking for things to help improve our writing and illustrating skills. Sometimes all we need is a reminder of something we know but may not be using.

Please let me know if you have any new ideas for this coming year. 

Thank you!







Talk tomorrow,



  1. I love your daily posts, Kathy. Keep up the good work!


  2. Thank you, Kathy. Bookmarking & sharing this post!


  3. What an amazing resource. See you tomorrow!


  4. Kathy, you continue to be one of the best writing and illustrating resources on the web. Never ceases to amaze me! 😀


  5. Your blog is an incredible resource for both writers and illustrators. Thanks so much, for all your efforts to help those of us trying to navigate and work in the industry!!


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