Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 13, 2020

Opportunity – Book Winner – Kudos – Industry Changes

Do you have a book you’d like featured on Writing and Illustrating? I have a few spots available. Please send an email – Book Promotion in the subject box – include your book’s journey, the Amazon link, your bio, your picture, and 5 .jpgs at least 500 pixels wide of the interior art, if it is a picture book. 




Yvonne Ventressca short story, “The Third Ghost,” was selected for the upcoming eponymous anthology, Voyagers: The Third Ghost. The collection features ten historical/adventure stories chosen for middle grade (9-12 year old) readers. Here’s a bit about “The Third Ghost” short story in one line:

Among the darkened, arson-damaged streets of 1980s Hoboken, Lewis stops to help two ghosts until he realizes his own family is in grave danger. 

Voyagers: The Third Ghost will be available May 5, 2020, and you can preorder a copy from AmazonKindle, Barnes & NobleITunes, or Kobo.



Christa Desir has joined Sourcebooks as associate editor.

Lexy Cassola has been promoted to assistant editor at Dutton.

Noa Wheeler has joined Bloomsbury Children’s as executive editor, responsible for the Sarah J. Maas publishing program. She will continue her freelance editorial work for authors and publishers in addition to her role at Bloomsbury.

Janna Morishima has launched a literary and illustration agency, Janna Co., focused on children’s graphic novels and visual storytelling. Morishima previously worked at Scholastic and was the director of the children’s group at Diamond Book Distributors.

Literary agent Gemma Cooper has been appointed a director of The Bent Agency UK.

Zareen Jaffery will join Kokila as executive editor on January 13. She was previously executive editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s.

Rachel Beck has joined Liza Dawson Associates as agent. She was previously an agent with Holloway Literary.


After I posted my favorite books that I read in 2019, I read a few more. I enjoyed this one so much, I thought I should included I OWE YOU ONE, so you know not to miss reading this one. It definitely should be on my 2019 Favorite List.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for the updates! Always looking for good book suggestions. 🙂


  2. Thank you for always posting such great information, Kathy! You are SO very helpful and informative!!


  3. Thanks for the post and for picking me! I’m really looking forward to reading Odd Dog Out.


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