2015 Year of Success!

As you know, here at Sub It Club we are all about submitting work well! We are truly happy to see the growth of all of our members as they work towards their goals. Whether you have been learning to write that first query letter, are trading with critique partners and polishing up your manuscript, getting out your illustration postcards, submitting to agents or editors, or any of the million little things that have to be done to submit your work, we are proud of you! Of course, obtaining representation and publication are the big milestones that we strive for our efforts to lead to. Many of our members signed with agents, sold books, and were published in 2015! Let’s celebrate this great news from our Sub It Club members!

Ariel Gordon Bernstein signed with agent Mary Cummings of Betsy Amster Literary this year and signed a book deal for her picture book, I HAVE A BALLOON, with Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman books. Scott Magoon is to illustrate. She also signed a two book chapter book deal with Viking! The first book is called WARREN & DRAGON’S 100 FRIENDS.

Em-and-EmLinda Budzinski‘s YA romance novel, EM & EM, came out in September with Swoon Romance. She also signed with Swoon for her next novel, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER. It’s due for publication this fall 2016. THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER won two 2015 Romance Writers of America awards: the Virginia Chapter’s Fool for Love award and the YA Chapter’s Rosemary award!

Heather Davis had a poem accepted for an eco-justice anthology being published by a major university press.

the king cake babyKeila Dawson‘s debut picture book, THE KING CAKE BABY was released by Pelican Publishing in January.

Sophie's Animal Parade



Our own inspirational blogger, Amy Dixon, had her picture book, SOPHIE’S ANIMAL PARADE released by Sky Pony Press.


Love and ProfanityLaurie J. Edwards had many book releases in 2015!  She had a story in the YA anthology, LOVE & PROFANITY published by Capstone. She illustrated The Teeny Tiny Woman for ustyme. The book was included in the Billion E-Book Gift sponsored Teeny-TinyWomanby RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), and 200 million copies will be given away to support literacy. Laurie’s book, HER COLD REVENGE (Book 2 in the YA series, WANTED; writing as Erin Johnson) was published by Capstone/ Switch PressHer Cold Revenge.

Egypt-cover-222x300She had 3 nonfiction books published by Cengage: IMPERIAL CHINA, ANCIENT EGYPT, and WEST AFRICAN KINGDOMS. They came out as ebooks in December and will come out in hardcover in 2016!Change of Heart

Laurie signed with agent Mary Sue Seymour for her adult inspirational novels. She also signed a 3-book contract for an Amish series, SISTERS & FRIENDS, writing as Rachel J. Good. The first book, CHANGE OF HEART, comes out May 2016. The second, BURIED SECRETS, will release Fall 2016, followed by, GIFT FROM ABOVE, in Spring 2017.


HectorsTestSusan Uhlig Ford had two ebooks come out with Schoolwide —  HECTOR’S TEST and SONGKRAN: THE TRADITIONAL THAI NEW YEAR.Songkran

Jen Garrett had an article published in September issue of Children’s Book Insider!

Karina Yan Glaser was offered representation by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown and her book THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141st STREET was acquired in a two book deal by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Expected release in 2017.

Julie Grasso signed with Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary in September. She connected with Rebecca after she favorited two of her DatingMaggie_Amazon-461x732pitches in a Twitter pitch party!

MJ Greenway said that thanks to a Twitter contest she learned about on the Sub It Club blog, she sold her romance novel DATING MAGGIE to Limitless Publishing. It was released in Oct. 2015.

Lisa Katzenberger‘s short story, “Quiet Waters”, was published in Jenny magazine.

Emily Keeler signed with agent Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds Literary in March.

Vivian Kirkfield signed with agent Essie White of Storm Literary Agency in October and sold her picture book, SWEET DREAMS, SARAH to Creston Books in November!

Danielle Kozasaur‘s submission has been chosen for a book entitled MOTHERS, MILITARY, and SOCIETY to be published by Demeter Press in 2017. Her chapter is preliminarily titled “Choosing Motherhood in the U.S. Air Force.”

the story catcherDonna L. Martin‘s debut picture book, THE STORY CATCHER, was released by Anaiah Press in January.

Angele McQuade signed with agent Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency!

Cathy Ballou Mealey sold her debut picture book to Sterling Publishing!


Stella Michel signed with agent Liza Pulitzer Voges of Eden Street Literary!

Rachelle E. Morrison signed with agent Mary C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates this month!

Rachel Moser-Hardy signed with agent Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary!

Amy Neeren‘s short story, AIRPLANE SILENCE was published at pif magazine.

The Ladybug RaceIllustrator Amy Nielander‘s debut picture book THE LADYBUG RACE was released in July by PomegranateKids, and it is marked as a bestseller on the site! The book was a 2014 Silent Contest entry finalist.

Jessica Pennington Signed with agent Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary this year!

Gina Perry‘s debut as an illustrator for trade picture books, SO WHAT SHOULD DAD BE?, written by Dan Bar-el will be published by Tundra in Spring of 2017. Her author/illustrator debut picture book, SMALL, will be published by Little Bee Books in Fall of 2017.

Terry Pierce had her rhyming fiction picture book, MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN acquired by Tilbury House. Publication date is set for fall 2017 with illustrations by Carol Schwartz.

Saara Samin had her first short story ‘The Scent’ published by Prachya review in their Winter issue.

Janice Lynch Schuster‘s interview with Dr. Ray Barfield, a pediatric oncologist and palliative care doctor, leads the January 2016 issue of The Sun Magazine, a national monthly.

Misa Sugiura began working with with Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary this summer.

Christi R. Suzanne‘s micro prose piece, KEEPING AND LOSING, was published st 101 Words.

Elliah Terry signed with Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency. He then sold her Middle Grade debut novel I AM CALLIOPE JUNE to Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan in a pre-empt. The novel will be published Spring 2017.

Angela Thomas signed with agent Brooks Sherman of The Bent Agency plus she won the WNDB Walter Dean Myers Grant!

PandemicSarah Vance-Tompkins sold her debut YA novella KISSES ON A PAPER AIRPLANE to Inkspell Publishing in September 2015. 

Yvonne Ventresca signed with Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency, who sold her second YA novel BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES to Sky Pony Press for publication in fall 2016. Plus her debut novel, Pandemic, won SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award for the Atlantic region!Mark Waxman



Mark S. Waxman‘s debut Middle Grade comedy novel, THE McVENTURES OF ME, MORGAN McFACTOID – HAIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW is to be released by Sky Pony Press  on January 12, 2016!

Pirate's Lullaby

   Marcie Wessels‘ debut picture book, PIRATE’S LULLABY: MUTINY AT BEDTIME, illustrated by Tim Bowers, was published by Doubleday BFYR in August 2015! Her book was also selected as one of the top ten rhyming picture books for the Best in Rhyme Award 2015 chosen by the RhyMoPiBo award committee.

Sherri Cook Woosley signed with agent Jennifer Azantian of Azantian Literary Agency!

Wow, isn’t that a lot of amazing news? How inspirational!

Let’s support our fellow Sub It Clubbers and their successes! Of course, you can buy their books but there are other ways to be supportive too. Add their books to your “to read” list on Goodreads, make a purchase request for their book at your local library, write a book review or share about a book on social media. Follow each other on social media!

Here’s to another great year to all of you who take part in Sub It Club. We wish you all success in 2016!

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