Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 17, 2019

Winners – OPPORTUNITY – Kudos – New Cover – Industry Changes


Kelly Purdy won SOME DAYS by Karen Kaufman Orloft

Carol Scott won THE REAL FARMER IN THE DELL by Chantell and Burgen Thorne

Shiela Fuller & Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner won MILKWEED by Jerry Spinelli

Leslie Leibhardt Goodman won FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN by Vivian Kirkfield

Rosi Hollinbeck won ASTRO PEA by Amalia Hoffman

Winners please send me your addresses – Put BOOK WINNER in the subject box. Congratulations!

2019 New Jersey SCBWI Annual Conference Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd

DEADLINE: April 18th – 9 p.m.


I registered for the conference when it first opened, but last night I went back in to see what authors were doing critiques. I always found that authors love to help and will go the extra mile to help you improve your work and that’s when I discovered the fabulous Elizabeth Law (editor at Holiday House with 30 years in the children’s book industry – click the faculty bios below to read about her) has spots – probably because by some glitch she is listed with the authors. I immediately grabbed a spot for $50. What a deal!  

Where: New Brunswick Hyatt, New Brunswick, NJ (a short walk from the train station; parking also available on site for a fee)
Cost: $475 ($75 off the $550 price) (4/15/19 6 p.m. – 4/18/19 9 p.m.)
(Non-SCBWI member surcharge; Join SCBWI Now and Save )

Scroll down for links to everything you need to plan your conference and register.

Conference Highlights:

Special Saturday cocktail hour performance by YA all-star rock band, Tiger Beat! Featuring Libba Bray, Dan Ehrenhaft, Barnabas Miller and Natalie Standiford
Special PAL track workshops for published authors!
Saturday afternoon break with snacks included!
Announcement and Reveal of Logo Contest Winners!
Keynote speakers: Bruce Coville and Laurie Wallmark!
Seated dinner and lunch with your choice of faculty! (Based on availability)
Book Fair, Juried Art Show, Door Prizes and more!
Optional Critiques/Portfolio Reviews


Weekend Overview Schedule
Conference faculty bios
Workshop Descriptions (Workshops with industry professionals)
Optional Manuscript Critiques/Portfolio Reviews
Illustrator Intensives
Optional Manuscript Round Tables
The Most Important Thing of All: Your conference worksheet!

Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to interact with industry professionals and fellow author/illustrators.


Congratulations to Darlene Beck-Jacobson!

Marissa Moss at Creston Books has acquired Notable Social Studies Award winner Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s next middle grade, WISHES, DARES AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY. This novel in verse crystallizes a boy’s worries about his father, who is MIA in Vietnam, and how his family, new best-friend, and a bully unexpectedly help him find the courage to do the right thing, not just the easy thing. 

Publication is slated for Spring 2020; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal for world rights. 


JOYCE MOYER HOSTETTER book AIM has come out in paperback with a new cover. Thought you’d like to see. Nice cover Joyce!


Alyssa Miele has been promoted to editor at Harper Children’s.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pilar Garcia-Brown and Sarah Kwak have both been promoted to associate editor.

Alessandra Preziosi and Bethany Vinhateiro have both been promoted to senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s.

Kate Meltzer has joined Roaring Brook Press as editor. She was formerly an editor at Penguin Children’s.

Mary Altman has been promoted to senior editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Anna Membrino has joined as editor, Cartwheel and Orchard. She was most recently at Random House Children’s.

Maureen Moretti has joined P.S. Literary Agency as associate agent based in New York.

At Sourcebooks, Ashlyn Keil has been promoted to marketing associate, children’s and YA.


Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations, Darlene!

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  2. Good updates! Congratulations everyone!

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  3. Wow. Lots of great news. Congratulations all around.

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  4. Congratulations, Darlene!

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  5. Congrats to all the book winners and certainly you, Darlene! Can’t wait to read your next book 😀 You KNOW how much I loved WHEELS OF CHANGE!

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  6. Congratulations to winners, to Darlene – I’m eager to read your new mg novel, to Joyce for such a fun new cover, and to all enjoying promotions! This was a very fun blog post, Kathy!

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  7. Congratulations to all! And thank you, Kathy, for all you do for this community!


  8. Thanks for the shout-out Kathy. Congrats to all the winners!


  9. Thanks Donna.😘


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