Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 18, 2020

Book Winners – Opportunities – Kudos


Kristy Nuttall won E IS FOR EVEREYONE! by Elissa Grodin

Darlene Beck-Jacobson won A HORN IS BORN by Bill Borders

Vivien Kirkfield won Were I Not A Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry by Lisa Robinson

It’s a good time to SUBMIT a FIRST PAGE for a chance to have Brent Taylor, Senior Agent at TriadaUS critique your first page and give you feedback. November is always a slow month, so your odds for getting picked are a lot higher.

In the subject line, please write “NOVEMBER 2020 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE.” 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).

Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. DEADLINE: November 24th.

HOLIDAY BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA. Do you have children’s book you would like to have featured?

Here is what I need:

  1. AGREE to send a copy of the book to the winner or get you publisher to agree.
  2. WRITE UP The BOOK’S JOURNEY – no word limit
  3. SEND BOOK COVER AND IF PB, Five or Six .jpgs of the interior art – at least 500 pixles wide. or send pdf of full book.

Email kathy.Temean (at) and put 2020 HOLIDAY BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA in the subject area.

Don’t forget about this opportunity to have Mira help polish your PB pitch.

Final Round of voting for Goodreads’ BEST BOOKS of 2020 – DEADLINE: November 24th


Kara Navolio noticed a post I had about an opportunity for write a story for one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul editions. She found out last month that the story she submitted will come out in the Making Me Time edition this coming February 2021. CONGRATLATIONS, KARA!

Hannah PhillipsKevin ReillyGwen HawkesAlice PfeiferSallie Lotz, and Sarah Grill have each been promoted to associate editor at St. Martin’s Publishing Group. Congratulations to all of you. It is always exciting to get a promotion.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congrats to all!


  2. WOW…thanks so much, Kathy. I am totally excited to get Lisa new book…I’m a lover of nfpb bios and this one sounds incredible.
    Thank you for all of the fab info on opportunities and for all that you do for the kid lit community!


  3. Thanks for the opportunity to pitch my newest picture book with Illustrator Eleni Girgenti. Vivian Kirkfield actually gave me some suggestions about this book about a year ago. It’s called Lavender Dream now.


  4. Yay, winners!!! 😀 😀 😀


  5. How do we send our info. to Mira?


    • DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY: Do you have a book that you are working on? Send in a 70 word description and I will submit it to Mira. She will wave her magic want and help you make it more marketable. PLEASE SEND TO: kathy.temean(at)  – Put Picture Book Pitch Idea in the subject area.

      I will add this to this post. the above was in the original post. Thanks for pointing this out.



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