Subbing Success in 2018!

At Sub It Club we know how much work goes into every single step of creating work for publication — coming up with ideas, the writing, the illustrating, revising… revising… revising… editing, and then all the work of submitting! Most of the time we do the work without anyone even noticing. Dana Carey does encourage us to post our Small Steps in the Sub It Club group to help celebrate those little accomplishments we make as we work toward our publication goals. At the end of every year we love to celebrate Sub It Clubbers big news! So many Sub It Clubbers had huge successes this year. Peruse this list for inspiration. It just takes one yes! Congratulations to all of these Sub It Clubbers on their amazing news! 


Lisa Amstutz‘s picture book, FINDING A DOVE FOR GRAMPS, was released by Albert Whitman & Co., plus she sold PLANTS FIGHT BACK to Dawn Publication. Both in November!

Ingrid Anders sold her short story “There Are Bridges” to ODYSSA MAGAZINE who published it in August 2018.

Jennifer Buchet sold her debut picture book manuscript to Spork Publishing in the Fall. LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA will be released in 2019. She also sold 8 feature articles to the kidlit social studies magazine, Faces: THE CUISINE OF CALEDONIA (Feb), MARCH MADNESS MUNCHIES & GAME WINNING PARTY IDEAS (Mar), LA COMIDA TIPICA & LAS BOLAS DE COSTA RICA (May), COLORFUL KITCHEN DYE-IT & COLORFUL WORLD OF CRAYONS (Summer), THE PAINTED ELEPHANT PARADES (Oct) & ICELAND- KITCHENS OF FIRE & ICE (Nov).

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Heather Ayris Burnell sold 3 books to Scholastic Acorn to release in 2019–UNICORN AND YETI: SPARKLY NEW FRIENDS (May), A GOOD TEAM (July), and FRIENDS ROCK! (October).

TheQueenNancy Churnin’s books, CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT, CHARLIE SIFFORD BROKE THE COLOR BARRIER IN GOLF and THE QUEEN AND THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE, QUEEN CHARLOTTE’S GIFT TO ENGLAND Albert Whitman & Company were released by Albert Whitmand & Company. IRVING BERLIN, THE IMMIGRANT BOY WHO MADE AMERICA SING was released by Creston Books, Lerner Publishing Group. Her books MARTIN & ANNE, THE KINDRED SPIRITS OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND ANNE FRANK sold to Creston Books/Lerner Publishing Group, to be released in March 2019. BEAUTIFUL SHADES OF BROWN, HOW LAURA WHEELER WARING PAINTED HER WORLD sold to Creston Books/Lerner Publishing Group, to be released in 2020, and a book with a title to be announced to Albert Whitman & Company in 2020.


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Jamie Beth Cohen sold a contemporary/near-historical/1990s Young Adult novel, WASTED PRETTY, in September to Black Rose Writing to release this April.

Abi Cushman sold her debut picture book, SOAKED, plus a second picture book, to Viking Children’s Books to be released in Summer 2020!

Amy Dixon‘s middle grade book, ANNIE B. MADE FOR TV was released from Running Press Kids in June.

Laurie J. Edwards had 9 releases this year. Writing as Kelsey Abrams, she had 2 MGs in the Second Chance Ranch series, WILD MIDNIGHT and TAKING CHANCES (Jan./ North Star Editions). As Rachel J. Good, her 2018 books include HEARTS REUNITED (Jan./Annie’s Book Club), LOVE’S SECRET IDENTITY (Mar./Annie’s Book Club), THE AMISH TEACHER’S GIFT (Apr./ Hachette/ Grand Central), THE AMISH MIDWIFE’S SECRET (Nov./Grand Central), and stories in 2 anthologies, PLAIN EVERYDAY HEROES (July) and LOVE’S CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS (Nov.)

Releases for 2019 include 2 MGs as Kelsey Abrams: BUDDY BLUES and LLAMA DRAMA (both Jan./ North Star Editions); 4 Amish novels as Rachel J. Good: GIFT FROM ABOVE and BIG-CITY AMISH (Feb & June/ Harlequin); THE AMISH WIDOW’S RESCUE (May/ Grand Central); HIS UNEXPECTED AMISH TWINS (Fall/ Kensington) as well as 2 Amish anthologies (untitled/ May & Oct.).

She also signed a 6-book deal with Kensington in November for Amish novels along with a 4-book deal for more Amish anthologies. The two Amish novels in her Love & Promises series (Grand Central) both stayed on the BookScan bestseller list for several weeks.

2018 releases

MaryLee Flannigan sold her debut picture book, THE HOPEFUL HODAG, to MacLaren Cochran Publishing. Coming out in fall 2019.

Emily Galle-From signed with agent Adria Goetz of Martin Literary Management.

Kelly Garrett was an Oregon Book Award Finalist in 2018 for her YA Mystery,  THE LAST TO DIE, published by Poison Pen Press!

Jennifer Hawes signed with Britt Seiss of Martin Literary Management this August for her Middle Grade murder mystery.


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Sue Heavenrich had 3 book releases! DIET FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE: FOOD FOR THOUGHT, co-authored with Christy Mihaly in October from Twenty First Century Books/Lerner, and HOW MUSCLES WORK (The Human Machine series) and FOOD AS FUEL, both in The Human Machine series in July from Rourke Educational Media.

Savannah Hendricks sold her special needs picture book, WINSTON VERSUS THE SNOW, in August to Brother Mockingbird Publishing.


Sherry Hyberger Howard released ROCK AND ROLL WOODS in October 2018 (and announced the sequel for 2019) through Spork.

AJ Irving signed with Jordan Hamessley of New Leaf Literary in July for her children’s work.

Darshana Khiani sold her debut picture book, HOW TO WEAR A SARI, to HMH/Versify to publish in 2020.

Tanya Konerman signed with Mary Cummings of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises in September for one of her picture books.

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signed with Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary Agency for her children’s work. Her picture book, DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON? will be released in April 2019 and ONCE UPON A TWISTED TALE, a poetry collection, will be released in summer 2019 from Clearfork/Spork Publishing.

Kirsten W Larson‘s story, YOU OTTER HEAR THIS, was published in Spider magazine in September.

Sylvia Liu sold a poem to the picture book anthology, THANKU: POEMS OF GRATITUDE, to Lerner/Millbrook to be released in Fall 2019. And watch for another announcement from Sylvia coming soon!lesley lupo

Lesley Joan Lupo signed with White Crow Books in January to publish her near-death experience memoir, REMEMBER, EVERY BREATH IS PRECIOUS. It was published in November.

PJ McIlvaine sold two picture books in 2018: DRAGON ROAR to MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing (pub date TBA) and LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE to Big Belly Book Co. (pub date spring/summer 2019).


Nilah Magruder illustrated DACTYL HILL SQUAD (A New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, New York Public Library Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, & Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year) published by Scholastic.

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Nilah’s short story was published in ALL OUT: THE NO-LONGER-SECRET STORIES OF QUEER TEENS THROUGHOUT THE AGES anthology published by Harlequin Teen in February.

Nilah also sold a picture book titled, WUTARYOOIN to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify with publication planned for 2021 and will be authoring VAULT OF SPIDERS #1 featuring an all-new, black Spider-Woman!spider-byte-header


Jerry Mahoney’s middle grade novel, BUTTHEADS FROM OUTER SPACE, was published by Sky Pony Press in March 2018. In October, he signed with Liz Parker of Verve Talent & Literary.

Monica Mancillas signed with Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary in October for her children’s work.


Naomi Milliner sold her middle grade novel, SUPER JAKE &THE KING OF CHAOS, to Running Press Kids to be released May 7, 2019.

Norene Paulson signed with Naomi Davis at BookEnds Literary Agency. Plus, in April, she sold her picture book, BENNIE’S TRUE COLORS, to Erin Stein at Imprint (Macmillan) to be released Fall 2020!

Zeena M. Pliska signed with Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary  and sold two picture books: EGYPTIAN LULLABY to Roaring Brook Press, scheduled to publish winter 2021, and ORANGE to Page Street Kids, scheduled to be published in Spring of 2020.


Sydell Rosenberg’s picture book (submitted by her daughter, Amy Losak), H Is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z was published by Penny Candy Books and was selected by the National Council for Teachers of English as a 2019 Notable Poetry Book.


Angie Thomas did so many amazing things this year I could not possibly list them all. Check out her facebook page! The film based on her novel, THE HATE YOU GIVE,  was released in theaters in October. A special collector’s edition and a movie tie-in edition of her award winning novel were released. Plus Angie announced a 15-city tour for her upcoming YA novel, ON THE COME UP, which releases on February 5th!

Sarah Vance-Tompkins signed with Sarah Phair of Trident Media Group  in September for representation in contemporary romance.

Mark S. Waxman changed agents in March, gratefully signing with Amy Brewer of Metamorphosis Literary Agency for his YA and MG work.

Emma Wood sold her picture book, TULIP AND DOUG, to Scholastic NZ for release in February 2020.

Now that’s a lot of news, isn’t it?  Way to go Sub It Clubbers. It’s so fun to see your hard work pay off. Here’s to much success in 2019!

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  1. Congrats to all! It’s nice to see it all summed up in one post. Here’s to more success in 2019. And may everyone still plugging away towards the goal of a first sale – keep at it, perhaps 2019 will be your year. I submitted my 2018 success news too but it disappeared into the ether…. I sold my debut picture book, PIRATE, YEAR ROUND to Acorn Press (May 2019) and my poem, SNORKEL, to Highlights.


  2. Congratulations to everyone! Hooray! Seeing so much good news in one place is inspiring!

    I, too, have good news to share! I signed with Jennie Kendrick at Red Fox Literary in December!


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