Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 15, 2021

Book Winners – New Art and Literary Agent – Cover Reveal – Pub Industry Changes – Virtual Retreat


Carl Scott won ISABEL AND HER COLORES GO TO SCHOOL by Alexandra Alessandri

Danielle Hammelef won SAGUARO’S GIFTS by Kurt Cyrus

Maria Marshall won THE GHOUL’S GUIDE TO GOOD GRAMMAR by Leslie Kimmelman


New Agent Lillian Mazeika at Tugeau 2, Inc. – A Children’s Art & Literary Agency

Lillian Mazeika is the T2 Agency’s first associate agent. Coming from an art background herself, Lillian loves engaging with creators and seeing them bring stories to life. Lillian enjoys graphic novels and is always on the hunt for spooky stories and diverse voices. However, she really just adores all things kidlit. When she isn’t working, you can find her at a concert or flea market.

She is looking to represent illustrators or author-illustrators with strong characters and narrative work in all facets of children’s publishing. I am always on the lookout for graphic novel submissions and prioritize work from marginalized creators, especially those in the LGBTQ community.

If you are interested in submitting, reach out to their submissions email: Please put Lillian’s name in either the subject or body of your query if you are submitting to her directly.

COVER REVEAL: Amalia Hoffman’s




Jennie Dunham has been a New York literary agent for almost 30 years. In August 2000 she founded Dunham Literary, Inc.

She represents children’s book creators including picture book writers and illustrators, chapter books, middle grade, young adult. She also represents literary fiction and non-fiction for adult readers.

What She’s Looking For:
She likes character driven stories with a strong narrative, especially written by creators with a marginalized identity and featuring characters with the same marginalized identity.

In fiction she likes unusual characters who face challenges in unexpected ways in times and places that exacerbate the character’s situation.

In nonfiction she likes stories that illuminate a popular subject in a new way or that present an important but previously overlooked subject.

She’s look for literary books with a commercial hook. Humor is a plus, and the approach must be fresh and fun. She appreciates a good twist or two.

What She Isn’t Looking For:
Short stories and collections of short stories, novellas, Christian literature, erotica, poetry, romance, Western, cooking/food/wine, professional/reference, textbooks, original screenplays, and original stage plays.

WRITING AN ILLUSTRATING Full Manuscript Virtual Writers Retreat Nov. 13th – 14th – SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!

Novel Writers: One hour full manuscript novel critique up to 72,000 words – Plus, one 25 page – 30 minute critique with a second agent, and a first page session, plus optional critique group

For PB Writers &/or Illustrators: Four picture book one hour critique not over 25 pages total – Plus, one 30 minute picture book critique with a second agent – Also, an optional hour group critique session to discuss your manuscript with the other writers in your assigned group.

Spots are limited. Please email: Kathy.temean (at) Put 2021 Fall Virtual Writer’s Retreat in Subject Box. Please include a little blurb about your manuscript – what you write and what you plan to submit – I will reply. NOTE: Everyone receives two agent critiques: A full manuscript critique and a 25 page critique, plus a group first page session with two agents, plus optional writer group.

Cost: $780

Option to work in a critique group prior to submitting manuscripts. Each writer gets 1hour to discuss their manuscript with group.(must read other writer’s manuscripts)



Abrams: Zack Knoll has joined Abrams as editor. He was previously at Simon & Schuster.

Curtis Brown UK: Natalie Jerome has joined as a literary agent. She was at Aevitas Creative Management.

Madeleine Milburn Literary: Hannah Todd has joined Madeleine Milburn Literary as a literary agent. She was at Head of Zeus.

P.S. Literary Agency: Elizabeth Fithian has joined as literary agent. She was previously an agent director at Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau.

Bloomsbury Children’s: Sarah Shumway has been promoted to editorial director.

Transatlantic Agency: Chelene Knight has been promoted to full literary agent at the Transatlantic Agency. While building “a robust and impressive list of clients,” she also spearheaded the creation of the BIPOC Mentorship Program at Transatlantic launching this fall, building it with the collaboration of fellow literary agent Amanda Orozco.

Simon & Schuster Children’s: Catherine Laudone will join Paula Wiseman Books as editor. She was most recently associate editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Eerdmans: Courtney Zonnefeld has been promoted to assistant editor for EBYR


  1. Congrats, winners! Thanks for the news and updates, Kathy. 🙂

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