A Year Of Successes!

Here at Sub It Club we are all about submitting work well! And boy do we have members who do just that. Let’s celebrate good news from Sub It Club members in 2014!


Carrie Finson won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Barbara Karlin grant for picture book work-in-progress!


Alena Telford, just this month, has sold Farmer Math’s Problems to Anaiah Press.

Alison Hertz had two two hidden picture puzzles accepted by Highlights for Children!

Debra Daugherty had a short story published by Guardian Angel Kids this month titled THE MYSTERY OF THE GHOSTLY THIEF.

brain games (391x500)Jennifer Swanson is happy to announce that her first trade book will be released in 2015! BRAIN GAMES will be released by National Geographic Kids and will hit the shelves in September.  The fast-paced interactive book takes readers on a topsy-turvy trip through the fastest and most extensive super computer in the world — the brain. Based on the popular National Geographic TV Show called Brain Games, the book shows the ins and outs of why you think and act the way you do.

Not only that, Jennifer had 4 books release in 2014– 3 of which received great reviews with School Library Journal. (One hasn’t been reviewed yet.)

Metamorphic Rocks — ABDO Publishing

King Cake BabyKeila Dawson had an article published in Among Worlds Magazine in March: THE UNEXPECTED EXPECTED: THE TRANSITION OF MY THIRD CULTURE KIDS.

She also sold a book! In February 2015 her debut picture book, THE KING CAKE BABY, will hit the shelves just in time for Mardi Gras!

Kristine Carlson Asselin‘s book Dangerous Diseases: Scary Illnesses that Frighten the World was published by Capstone in February. Her contemporary young adult novel ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT will be dangerous (242x272)released by Bloomsbury spark in 2015.

Laura Dickson Shovan says, “have courage — everything can change in one year.”  And boy is she right! Here’s her success story:

In January, I was a finalist in Pitch Wars.
Because of Pitch Wars, when the agent I’d been emailing with for two years said he’d look at a revised full, my manuscript was ready.
I signed with Stephen Barbara in April. Wendy Lamb Books bought my MG novel-in-verse in May.

Laurie J. Edwards‘ first book in her four-book YA series WANTED set in the Wild West, GRACE AND THE GUILTLESS, came out in the UK from Curious Fox in February and in the US from Capstone/Switch Press in August under the pseudonym Erin Johnson. The second book in the series, GRACE ALONE, is due out in February 2015.

Rowman & Littlefield released CYBER SELF-DEFENSE, coauthored with Alexis Moore, a cyber abuse expert, in October 2014.

A story, “Dating Magic,” will appear in the YA anthology, LOVE & PROFANITY, releasing from Capstone (March 2015). Some other authors included in the anthology: Kwame Alexander, Steve Brezenoff, Joe Bruchac, Carrie Mesrobian, Adam LandP cover (430x640)Rex, and Jon Scieszka.

Three YA nonfiction books, IMPERIAL CHINA, WEST AFRICAN KINGDOMS, and ANCIENT EGYPT will be coming out in 2015 from Gale/Cengage.

Laurie is an illustrator too! A picture book app she illustrated, THE TEENY TINY WOMAN, will debut March 2015 from USTYME.

girl's guide to manners (236x346)Mark Waxman sold his debut middle grade novel, HAIR TODAY. GONE TOMORROW to Sky Pony Press. It is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.

Tina M. Cho‘s work-for-hire book THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO MANNERS (AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF!) was published by Legacy Press Kids.

Yvonne Ventresca‘s novel, PANDEMIC, was released by Sky Pony Press in May.


CZ Ketchem signed with  Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. You can read her story about getting the call on her blog.

Mara Rae Rutherford signed with John Cusick of Greenhouse Literary Agency in November!

Naomi Milliner  signed with agent Samantha Bremekamp of Corvisiero Literary Agency and loves her!

It’s too soon to share the details, but writer and illustrator Nilah Magruder very recently signed with a fabulous agent! Watch her Twitter feed for the good news.

highlightsPeter McCleery signed with Heather Alexander at Pippin Properties! He also won the Highlights Author of the Month for his story INVASION OF THE SPACE MONKEYS in October 2014.

Pj McIlvaine says she “signed with dream agent in October.”

Teresa Robeson signed with Ella Kennen of Corvisiero Literary Agency  in May!

And then there’s me. I signed with Sean McCarthy in 2014 and I am so glad I did!


This just might have been the most fun I’ve ever had putting up a post! So much amazing news! I am completely excited each and every time a Sub it Club member has news to share! I had a hard time not putting exclamation points after every sentence in this post!

But I also want to remind each and every one of you that didn’t have news this year that it doesn’t mean that you aren’t successful by any means!

If you’re writing you are successful. If you are working on illustrations you are successful. If you are revising and polishing to get your work just right before submitting, you are a success! If you’re taking the time to do due diligence, researching agents and publishers before you submit, you are a success! There are many steps on the road to publication and the journey is long. Dana, Lisha, and I applaud you for each and every step you take! Let’s keep moving along with great steps toward publication in the new year and of course, let’s keep helping each other out in our fantastically supportive Sub It Club submission support group and critique partner matchup.

Here’s to a successful 2015!

18 thoughts on “A Year Of Successes!

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  1. Congrats to all of you! I had the success of getting two hidden picture puzzles accepted by Highlights in 2014. Thank you Sub It Club for helping to give me that little extra push.


  2. Yay Alison! I love those hidden puzzles. They are so fun! Congratulations! So glad Sub It Club gave you that extra push. 🙂
    I’ve added your news to the post.


  3. WOOT! Congrats to everyone on their successes!! Thanks Heather for starting this amazing, encouraging club. Here’s to an even bigger list next year! 🙂


  4. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to report and thank you for sharing! And a special thanks to Heather & Co. for being such inspirational and supportive leaders of the group.


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