Nov. 2014 Review Follow-up

by Vicky Rubin on March 19, 2015

These are the responses received from the guest reviewers. The other three (Chad Beckerman, Jill Davis, Patti Ann Harris) did not respond or did not wish to receive material at this time. Patti Ann Harris has moved to a new publisher.
Mallory Grigg
Art Director
Grosset & Dunlop
“To answer your first question, I don’t think I’d be the best audience to give feedback on a manuscript. As for an art dummy, [I can review the people who had a critique with me], with my current workload I feel like that would be a volume that I could give a respectable crit to in a timely manner. “
Julie Matysik
Senior Editor
Sky Pony Press
“I’d be happy to review dummy or manuscripts from CBIG members. Please feel free to have them send any picture book scripts/dummies to me at”
Sarah Hokanson
Associate Art Director
Random House Children’s Books
1745 Broadway   md 8-1
New York, NY 10019
“As far as reviewing dummies I would say that I’d like to keep it to the people who’s portfolios I reviewed—or someone like you who I have met.”
Christine Kettner
Art Director
Clarion Books & Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
215 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003
Beth Terrill
NorthSouth Books
For Beth Terrill use her Gmail e-mail as she said at the January 2015 mtg that one is more reliable:
NorthSouth Books updated website is:
“Regarding, reviewing dummies and manuscript submissions. Yes, I’d love to.”
Annie Beth Ericsson
“I would be happy to accept dummies from the members I reviewed, if they’d like to send me anything else that we didn’t cover in our meeting. I’ve attached our department’s submission guidelines for reference. Note that since I don’t actually acquire manuscripts, I’d be primarily reviewing the art style of the dummy (for editorial consideration, they’d need to submit separately to the editorial department).”
Sample Guidelines
If you are interested in illustrating picture books, we will need to see at least 3 to 4 sequential scenes of the same children and/or animals interacting in different settings. These scenes should show the development of a narrative through a variety of moods, situations and settings while maintaining a consistency of style and character. They should use color, scale and composition to convey the pacing of a story.
If you are interested in jacket assignments, please send samples to the Puffin Art Department. They will need to see full color illustrations of figures and portraits in a setting. The specifics of the period, location, style and mood are critical, since the jacket reveals the distinguishing features of a novel. It is helpful to us if, in your cover letter, you indicate which type of work you are interested in (jackets or picture books.)
Our two imprints G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books publish trade hardcover children’s books only. If you would like to know more about the style of art we publish, we recommend that you visit your local library or bookstore. This will be useful in selecting which aspect of your work you wish to show in your sample pages.
We prefer printed samples or color copies. Make sure that your samples are clearly marked with your name, address and phone number. If you would like these returned, include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please do not send original art, slides or disks. We do not accept samples via email.
The Art Department will be evaluating art only. Formal submissions of dummies and manuscripts should be made directly to the Putnam or Nancy Paulsen Books Editorial departments.
Generally, our portfolio drop-off day is every Tuesday. It’s a good idea to call first and confirm that we will be looking at portfolios on the date you wish to leave yours. Portfolios can be left with the 14th floor receptionist before 11 a. m., and picked up after 4 p. m. Unfortunately, we are unable to make personal appointments to see artwork.