Publishing Child Book e-Course

Research potential publishers and create a “prospect” list.

You should carefully select the publishers you want to target based on criteria such as whether they publish stories similar to yours, what type of audience they sell to, etc. Given the odds, you probably want a list of at least 50 or so. You can, of course, separate your prospects into tier 1 and tier 2 prospects. Remember to select them carefully so you don’t waste time on prospects that are unlikely to be interested in your manuscript.

Some books that you may find useful are:

  • 2005 Children's Writers & Illustrator's Market, by Alice Pope (Editor), Rebecca Chrysler (Editor), ISBN: 1582972737
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, Second Edition (Paperback) by Harold D. Underdown, ISBN: 1592571433
  • Writer's & Illustrator's Guide to Children's Book Publishers and Agents (Paperback), by Ellen R. Shapiro, ISBN: 0761525157

Determine the submission format. Some publishers prefer that you send a query letter, others prefer to receive a proposal while still others want to receive a synopsis and the first three chapters. You can find out what they prefer by simply calling them up and asking.

TIP: Always address your correspondence to a real person. Take the time to find out the name and title of the most appropriate contact person. This one step alone will greatly increase your chances of getting noticed by the right person. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people send out letters to “The Editor” instead of a real person.

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