You can submit by post or email, or use the form on the submissions page and upload your manuscript. You should include the first three chapters or 3 picture books , a covering letter, a synopsis, and brief outlines of future books in the series. They aim to reply within 10 weeks. Unlike the majority of publishers, they do not pay royalties but an up-front fee, discussed on acceptance. Picture books can be sent in their entirety without illustrations and you should avoid using animal characters but keep to the ethos in the guidelines. They accept manuscripts by post or email and you should include the full text up to words and a brief author biography.
You should hear back from them within a month. Tiny Owl — This independent publisher produces beautiful multicultural books and encourages submissions by diverse authors about diverse characters.. Keep an eye on the site for occasional submission windows. Picture books should be below words. Submit by post or email with a covering letter, synopsis and author biography. They confirm receipt and aim to reply within weeks. Imagine That Publishing previously Top That! No middle grade or YA.
They prefer email submissions but will accept postal manuscripts with a contact email address no returns. Email attachments should be under 1MB. Although they prefer authors to have used their services, they are also open to general submissions and are looking for picture books, early readers and middle grade books, with a particular interest in the early readers.
Submit the whole manuscript to the email address provided. Use the email address given to send the whole document as an attachment using Word for the text and jpegs or pdfs for the pictures. They will only respond if interested. Stories with a strong character journey or that touch on mental health issues would be a good fit for this publisher. Short Stories Cricket Media submissions. They all have different submission requirements so be sure to check out the word counts required by each one.
Themes vary each month for every magazine so see what they are looking for and that might inspire you! The Caterpillar Magazine. This beautifully produced Irish-based print magazine accepts stories up to 1, words as well as poetry and art. Knowonder is an online site that promotes literacy. They are occasionally open for submissions of short stories between words but do not pay. Alfie Dog Fiction. This small but ambitious publisher aims to be the foremost choice for downloading short stories on the web, and payment comes as a percentage of the small download fee charged to customers.
Length is , words. Cast of Wonders. This site is a little different and features young adult fantasy stories up to 6, words recorded as podcasts. See this blog post for more details and an interview with a Cast of Wonders author. They are looking for literary fiction from words and are a paying market. Submit through their website.
Catalogues When submitting to publishers it is worth looking through their current catalogue to see what they are accepting at the moment. I have easily found quite a few catalogues this way. I have just submitted one for younger readers to Piccadilly Press. Not the first time, and I wonder why so many insist on hard copy submissions. True, particularly as they can usually tell very quickly if it is the sort of style they are looking for.
It is interesting that the new publishers all encourage email submissions, and I wonder if the more traditional publishers need to embrace technology a bit more! What gives? You know like the Napping House or books that tells a story while entertaining the child s. Something fun and educational without boring the child to death.
Something really sweet that you can tell a child for bedtime. Seuss…type and all the other rolled up into one. I have a fun book that kids will love and even teachers! You have a good site though. Bats are nice too, just misunderstood! Izola, if all the grammatical mistakes in your post are typing mistakes, you need to proof everything you send out more carefully.
I would agree with you Carla. Any advice is appreciated. Your good karma can be easily felt and I like your spirit of community. It is also like this in the Kindie Music community. We all lift each other up. Take care Lou! Peace, Annie. See the magazine market section of the list for their details. Hi Lou. Should I send off my manuscript to one of the houses at a time or should I spread my bets and send it to all appropriate ones? One place I read said to just send it to one at a time, but surely with the waiting times involved this practice could take years to get anywhere!
Please help. Thanks for these addresses and all the information. Hi Anna! The good news is there are plenty of publishers who are looking for good picture books.
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Most of them ask for a length of between and words, and it is usual to send the whole manuscript for this length rather than a sample. I will also update the list to include relevant picture book information, so thanks for the prompt! Should I send manuscripts to other countries? Sorry Stacey! My list is only for UK publishers at the moment. Sorry not to be of more help! If you do find anything useful let me know so I can pass it on. Thank you so much. I was totally lost before so now I finally have something to start working from.
Hiya, found your website really helpful. I am in the process preparing my finished stories to send to publishers for the first time, and this information is golden. There is one thing I have been wondering about that I hope you could help with. Though I have been wondering about the scenario of having more than one publisher interested in my stories.
Am I right in assuming I am able to send copies of my work to all relevant publishers at the same time, and if I receive more than one offer to publish I can chose who I go with and the others will just discard the story?. In short, the publisher has no rights over my stories to use or keep them unless I have signed a contract with them?.
Your advise would be greatly welcomed and appreciated. Your query about sending out your manuscript to more than one publisher known as simultaneous submissions, as opposed to multiple submissions which is sending more than one manuscript to the same publisher is an interesting one. Considering it can take 3 to 6 months to get a reply to a submission, if you are working through the list above one at a time it could take 10 years!
Publishers understand this and it is acceptable to approach more than one, providing you are honest and clear at all times about what you are doing. For example, you could mention on your covering letter that you are also approaching other publishers. If asked for the rest of the manuscript, you should say if another publisher is interested as well.
The book is yours until you have signed a contract. If you are still worried about avoiding this situation my advice would be to send out in small groups of 2 or 3 publishers at a time rather than a long list. I hope that helps and I wish you all the best in your submissions! Good luck! Thanks for this. I have been writing for years and would love to see one thing published. Thank you. I have so many ideas, notes, scribbles on a wide range of stories for all ages that I need to try and get them out there.
Success is not what my goal. I write rhyming books. I would love to find a publisher that accepts rhyming books. Some of my favorite is Dr. Seuss books and the Napping House by Audrey Woods. Some publishers definitely do, Izola.
Hello, thank you so much for this info, it is very helpful. I wondered if you could tell me what a covering letter to the publisher would state. The covering letter should really just act as an introduction to your work and you, but I would keep it short. Tell them you would like them to consider your book, and a little about it like a short blurb so they know the genre, age range etc. You should also mention any relevant information about yourself such as previous published work or if you have particular experience or expertise in what you are writing about.
I have also been told you can mention other writers they publish that you admire, or think you are similar to. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this list. I hope the warmth of your kindness in such gestures is reflected in your writing, and that you enjoy the success you deserve. Your generosity will surely come back to you doubled. I have found this list very helpful. However, I am finding it hard to find the niche that my book fits in. Do you know the general submission guidelines for publishing a wordless picture book?
I have seen many of them, but no proper way to explain the idea…. On the other hand, a wordless picture book is a great product as potentially it has a much wider audience, ie no translation problems! I think in your case, Ben, you should explain the concept in your covering letter or email, and then include all the pictures that will be used in the book. Little Tiger Press is a good company to submit picture books to, and I have added their details to the list.
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Hope this helps! Thanks for this VERY helpful website. Daunting, as I have no previous experience in this field. We have no illustrations and also wonder whether proceeds can go to charity if successful. Any tips or recommendations would be most welcome. Have you looked at the Bridge House website, as they publish short story anthologies? They choose different themes so you might have to wait until the right theme comes up before submitting them. Prizemagic is a good and entertaining site to look at for competition listings. Or you could talk to a local printer who could print the stories in a booklet which you could sell locally for charity.
They would probably be able to give you good advice on how to manage layout etc. Note — if you do go down this route, beware of publishers asking for lots of money up front — if in doubt you can check any name on the website Preditors and Editors. A local printer is usually the better and safer option. Good luck. First of all, thank you for this very helpful site. I have just had a rejection for a picture book.
It was a really nice rejection as it contained praise and some tips and wished me luck with another publisher. I had read that if an editor mentions your name and the title of your book then you are lucky. So to have comments does that mean I am doing something right? I took on board what was said to me and have sent it to another publisher.
I have a different manuscript and would like to send it to the first publisher. Is it acceptable to send different manuscripts to separate publishers at the same time? I hope it is, Kim, as I do it all the time! I have several manuscripts and they are all being looked at by different publishers, so go ahead and submit away. It sounds like the first publisher has given you some great feedback and I think you should definitely send them your other book.
You are right when you say that it is rare to get comments — it is, so be encouraged, you are doing well! Also you now have a contact at that publisher and, who knows, they could be looking forward to reading more from you. Thanks Lou, I have it all ready to post tomorrow. As soon as I have any good news I will let you know.
Just read The Echo and Sweet things. I think The Echo would make a good movie, chilling stuff and Sweet Things reminds me of Grimms fairy tales. Well done! Thank you so much for this, it will come in so useful. I got accepted before by someone but then turned down because of my age!
Thanks again! What a shame you were turned down because of your age, Kimblerly. Thankyou, Lou. You have saved me so much time by providing all of this information — it was such a relief when I found your site! I do prefer to write in rhyme, however, and I understand this is not the most favoured style with publishers but am going to give it my best.
Julia McDonald has done okay out of it! It is clear from the comments that most people get considerable enjoyment from writing for children, and I hate to be the first to mention money, but obviously this is an important factor for anyone wishing to make a living from their work. I was wondering how much a new writer could expect to get paid for a picture book text only of around words? Is this normally a fixed fee or does it relate to how well the book sells? I know the value probably varies considerably from publisher to publisher but can you suggest a ball-park figure?
Your question about how much you could expect to be paid for a picture book is a good one. The amount for an advance will vary according to the size of the publisher, but for a debut picture book author the advance is likely to be small, which is why most authors either have another job as well or diversify by teaching or public speaking.
The important factor, like you say, is to enjoy the process. If you are able to get paid for your writing, that is the icing on the cake. But remember to enjoy the cake as well! I meant Julia Donaldson not McDonald! Thanks so much for doing so much legwork. Thanks to your comprehensive list of publishers, I have sent samples to Phoenix Yard books and Tiger Press and will let you know how things go! Heard back from Tiger Press. I feel like laying down my pen until a publisher picks up some of my work but this feeling only lasts a short time, then I have to write again!!!
Thanks for the encouragement! What a great picture! We simply have to believe in ourselves and our God given gifts and talents and push forward until we succeed. Thank you so much for this awesome list. Especially as there are so many accepting email submissions here. Thank you, thank you, thank you…. Like everyone else on this site, I have found your lists a beacon of hope and practicality in an internet of advice, good or bad but no meat!
Alas, I am another one of the unwashed unpublished but I do have a question. A local weekly free community magazine with an audience of 54, in five small towns plus the web has offered to take a word chapter a month from me after they saw my little story. Should I be concerned? I would love them to have it but I would be SO upset to see the idea in print by someone else!
Would being in the magazine put publishers off? Your views much appreciated with thanks, Ruth. Firstly, congratulations on being given the offer to have your book serialised. Even if someone were to copy your idea, could they do as good a job as you? Hopefully you can say no! A quick way to have instant proof of your authorship of the book is to print it out and post it to yourself. Keep the envelope when it arrives without opening it.
You now have a dated copy of your work which can prove when you wrote it. And if I do, how will it affect my chances of it being published in book form? You may have the problem that publishers will consider it already published. On the other hand, they may love the idea as you will already have potential readers. So it could work either for you or against you. I think perhaps the best thing to do would be to actually speak to the publishers you are planning on submitting to. Give them a ring and ask them if their submission requirements exclude work that is being serialised.
You may get some useful feedback which will help you to make a decision. They may love the idea! But if they say it would count against you in terms of submitting to them, as the work would be already published, you need to think about whether you want to save your story for a book or not. Good luck with your decision and I hope it turns out to be the right one for you.
Hi Damion. Tate Publishing appear to straddle the line between vanity publishing asking authors to pay a lot of money for being published, ie a scam and self publishing charging authors a reasonable amount for printing their book. Personally I would steer well clear of them. Their hidden costs appear to lie in the marketing charges. Hi Lou, thank you so much for taking the time for such a detailed reply. I really, really appreciate it especially as there is noone else I know in the industry, so to speak. I will call the publishers, as you suggest and, if I can speak to anyone, take it from there.
Great idea. Our stories are very much our babies! This one is, for me but the delivery was a lot less painful! Thank you very, very much. I submitted a picture book manuscript to Nosy Crow a few months ago and received an almost instant rejection. Hi Rosalind, thanks for your lovely comments. I think Nosy Crow do tend to vary in their response times; I have also had a reply the same day, and on other occasions it has been some weeks.
Here is something for you to consider…. I tried really hard not to critique but found more and more unnecessary words or lack of style. I got as far as page 8 and gave up as my assessments were spoiling my read! I copied and pasted and improved on things as I found necessary.
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My question is; how does work of this nature the story is probably riveting! Surely minor edits should be picked up long before then? I would be happy to send a copy of my critique to you for your thoughts. I am not critisizing the author or her talents — merely wondering how such loose work is passed fit for publication?
Or am I bang out of order even discussing this? As a learner writer, I have been to lots of workshops and most of them teach the same style of editing — cut back adverts and adjectives, pare down descriptions etc. Hi Rosalind — good luck with setting up as an agent.
Just picking up on a small spelling mistake: grammar, not grammer! Lou thanks for your wise words. I totally agree that to harbour negative feelings re being published or not is a waste of good energy and potentially better writing! The episode has actually spurred me on to work harder — as you suggest!
Then, when my time does come, I will be even more on track! I also sent in 6 in a cardboard tube which got lost! So many disappointment though… methinks us writers would do well to acquire thicker skins along with our ultra sensitivity to life!! Nice but no thank you…hey ho! Thank you so much for the great information. It is always great to see a blog with such amazingly helpful information. Thanks for the information you have provided!
I then stumbled across your blog and I will be submitting my story to every one of them! Do you know why? Hi Pete, I like your positive attitude — go for it! With regard to rhyming stories, apparently the reason why we writers are warned against submitting them is because if a picture book is successful it is usually translated into other languages. So first time writers may find it more difficult to place a rhyming book.
On the other hand, you only have to look at writers like Julia Donaldson The Gruffalo and many more to see that rhyming books can be a huge success if they are good enough. The only way to find out is to submit and see! A week after sending my manuscript to a few publishers all off your list! The first was a rejection written in rhyme! However the third, which I got today, was very positive. They said they loved it, and so did both the Creative and Editorial Directors!
Great news! If I could trouble you for a bit of advice either on here or via email, that would help me in this unknown territory! Wow — that is really exciting news, Pete! I really hope they say yes! Can I just say well done to Pete. This is what I have been waiting for. Some positive news from one of your posts. I wish you the best of luck Pete. Thanks Kim! It is very exciting though! I have been trying for ages to be published outside Kenya.
Asante sana thank-you very much. Now that more publishers are accepting submissions by email it makes life so much easier to submit overseas, and having a wider and more diverse pool of potential writers must also be beneficial to publishers — and us, the readers! Just a quick update. The publisher in question had their big meeting about the possibility of publishing my story.
Got an email this morning to say that they would be looking to publish in , subject to me agreeing to their offer which they would be sending to me by the end of the week! Pete, I am absolutely thrilled for you! Exciting times indeed. Will you keep in touch and let us know how you get on?
I have a couple of questions if thats ok. Are we fighing a losing battle doing this as i know the whole process of getting a book published is hard enoughas it is!!! The story is only about words long and is based around a fairy but she is a little bit different and this would be shown through the art work.
Finally, if i do end up going down the agent route, should i expect to pay a fee or is it more a case of if your good then a good agent wont charge you? Hi Hayley, thanks for your query. But from what you say it sounds as though you have a talented friend and also that rather than roping your friend in to help you have evolved this book as a partnership. In that case I would encourage you to go ahead with your submission together, especially as you say it needs the illustration to make the story work.
You both need to be prepared that the manuscript may be rejected due to the drawings or to the writing and not to lay any blame on the other if this happens. If you want this published more than anything then it would be wiser to go alone. But personally I think you sound like a good team. Picture books are not usually dealt with by agents, but the good news is there are some good publishers who still accept manuscripts directly as you can see from the list on this page, so start submitting and I wish you the best of luck!
A reputable and good agent or publisher will always pay a percentage depending on your earnings from sales. Thank you so so much for your help and advice, i really appreciate it as i didnt want mu friend to spend ages drawing pictures for no reason!!! Its also great to hear about agencies, there are always a few to con you out there so its good to know!!
Thanks again for you help. It seems Oxford University Press are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. Your blog has been very helpful to me, thank you Lou! Best Wishes, Mel Cabezas. Thanks Mel! Just catching up with all the replies on here. All very interesting. Well done to Pete! His success is giving me hope. Keep us informed Pete and well done! Thanks for this blog Lou, very helpful. With regard to contacting either publishers or agents, is the shotgun approach the acceptable to do things? Hi David, thanks for visiting! But if anyone else knows different please comment!
Your other alternative could be to search for websites that publish online. These are ghost stories for children but there is also a containing story — as chilling as the rest — about Uncle Montague. If you do find a market the usual advice is to tailor your story for that market and then send out one at a time. Increasingly though authors are sending similtaneous submissions submitting to more than one market. Alternatively why not try competitions? Hope this helps.
HI Lou, I am the typical struggling writer and am working hard to crank out some childrens books…do you have any preference as to the best publishing places to send to that have a broader out look and are open to new authors…any info would be so helpful…your site here is so amazing well done…Thanks Sally.
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Hi Sally, I too am a struggling writer! Would your book nestle down nicely into their catalogue? A huge part of the success of submitting is matching the right material to the right publisher at the right time. Hope that helps and good luck! Thanks so much Lou yes it helps somewhat to confirm my already belief that its a hit or miss kind of thing. Kind of being at the right publisher at the right time….. Good luck to all. Thank you for that one, Attia. Anyone contacting them should bear in mind that they specialise in educational resources and mainly non fiction. Hi Lou What an great list!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together. I have a question regarding your writing process. Libby p. Good question, Libby! Others have the opposite problem, not knowing when to stop. I think if you can get to the stage where you are confident you have produced a work you are proud of then you are ready. It sounds like you are nearly there with yours; words is supposed to be a good number for a picture book and the more you can edit, the more you will strive for the perfect sentence.
Forty-three times does seem a bit excessive though! The more you can repeat the process the better, but if you can do it brilliantly the first time then fantastic! Hi Lou — I just found your blog and its filled with great knowledge. I am a PreK teacher in the U. When submitting picture story books; should the manuscript be in story form words on page 1, 2, etc. After reading through your replies, my understanding is no illustrations with picture story books. After years of reading horribly illustrated picture story books I know the importance of well drawn illustrations with children.
I know when I have looked at different publishers websites that the quality of their illustrations dictates whether I have any interest in submitting my work to them. I think you need to specify where the page breaks will be, as this can be very important in determining the pace of a picture book.
Whether you use different pages or simply indicate with a few spaces or a number is up to you. With regard to illustrations, I completely understand your point and I would say that, unless you can draw your own illustrations, it would be acceptable to suggest what you have in mind. That way you are making your ideas clear without appearing to dictate to the publisher. Hi Gerry, this can be a hard one but if you can do it well there are loads of possiblities.
How about making one of your verses into a picture book? Make a note of the publisher and write to them asking if they would consider seeing samples of your work for consideration in future anthologies.
It may be a long slog but if you can make children laugh with your verse there should be an opening in the market for you. Another option if you have plenty of verse and wish to showcase some is to create a website or blog free from wordpress or blogger and put some poems up. Spread the word and mention your site when you send your poetry off to publishers.
Remember that if your poems appear online they may count as being published so you may not be able to send those ones off. Ty so much for your advice it has been very useful. Thanks for your fast reply. I agree 43 re-writes does seem a bit over the top…. There are only a couple of lines that I am not happy with, but I think that I am more likely to rewrite those rather than delete them. But I have given myself the dead-line of 15th November… eeekkkk Back to work.
Font was Courier New, and text size My synopsis was just over words long — I tried to keep it to one page. However, at the end of the day, the publishers are usually the expert in these fields. Thanks Pete! Good advice and we look forward to hearing more on here about your publishing journey! Hi, I just like everyone else want to say thank you so much for this list!
I have spent months looking for appropriate publishers. I have finally finished my book it only took 8 years and sent it to 5 different publishers. I am on mat leave at the moment so currently spend the day waiting for the postman, then strop around like a teenager when he turns up without the letter i wanted! It is great to hear about other people in the same situation, and the success stories Pete, congratulations.
Well wish me luck, along with everyone else and once again thank you for the list it was very useful. Thanks Jenny. Congratulations on finishing the book, Jenny, and I wish you the very best of luck. Just a note to say what a great post Lou, very useful, and that I am impressed by the amount of research you do. Thanks Lou, for the info supplied, concerning publishers and such.
Just a quick one as im getting myself confused!! When I send my query letter off do I enclose the story with the letter or is a query letter simply just that-a query. I know when writing a longer boo you only include 3 chapters but as mine is quite short do i enclose the whole thing? Hi Hayley! The only exception would be if the pubishers specifically state that you should send a query letter first before submitting anything else.
Love this post very inspiring and useful information. I have produced a multiculutral childrens picture book about a cute little girl Amarapara that teaches children through fun stories about different cultures. I would really love to get it published and will contact the publishers above. Thank you Lou. You have created a very informative zone. I love the idea of writers and would-be-writiers me feeding back to each other and supporting each other. I have ideas for several different series of stories, one involving animials, one involving a little girl and one involving a little boy.
I have been making up stories for my own children, my grandkids and the children I teach — which varies from Reception class through and upto year six. It was one of my colleagues who suggested getting the stories into print. I didnt think it would be possible but your blog and the other aspiring writiers have given me hope. I will try your suggestions and list.
If I dont have any luck, i will still have my stories and children to listen to them. So a great big thank you. Juls x. It sounds like you have a fan base already, Juls! Good luck with Gary and Rosie and let me know how you get on. Anyway I wish everyone on here a Happy and very prosperous New year. Lots of love Lisa. Hi Lisa, glad you like this post. It seems to have grown into something much more than just a list now! I think the best approach for your rhyming stories is to look at the books already published by each publisher; you can do this by either looking on their websites or by downloading their latest catalogue.
If they are already publishing rhyme then you are in with a chance; but if not, maybe your manuscript will change their mind, you never know! Hello, I have found this page really useful, thank you for taking the time! Can I ask a quick question? Is it legitimate to worry about your idea being stolen if you send all of it before making an agreement? Thanks Juliette.
Hi Juliette! It will be postmarked with the date and can prove you wrote the book before anyone else if you ever need to. Am I alone here? Thanks, Lou. One of the agents wrote me back and said she never wanted to see anything from me ever again. You know what that tells me? I think maybe I was just a tad too optimistic and enthusiastic after I came across this blog.
Maybe its just the African in me,but where is the courtesy!! Then I later received a blank e-mail with just the title of my story as the subject!!!!! When I sought further clarification, I got this email,which seemed rather rude to me, telling me how publishers follow procedures.. Oh dear, that is not good. At least then we would not be left waiting for a reply that never comes. I have heard back from some publishers after more than a year, others the next day, and others not at all. It seems like quite a hit and miss process sometimes. You can understand why authors take matters into their own hands and self publish.
Have you tried any agents? They do tend to have a more formal approach to submissions and you may find the process less frustrating! Thank you so much for all your hard work! I am an out of work! I have several incomplete! I have one idea for alliteration and have written the first and tried it out on my young student of 6 years, quite successfully, I think. It sounds like you have some great ideas, Tessa! Have you looked at the Robinswood site?
They are an educational publisher who may like your ideas. They have very specific requirements, so read this page to get an idea of what they are after. I have written childrens stories for a while though as yet unpublished. What I would be interested in is how do you acquire the services of an artist to illustrate stories. I am lucky to know some artists but have not been successful in acquiring their help. My stories are really for the picure book market and wonder how you get published in that field without having any illustrations?
Nice to hear from you, Mark. In fact, most publishers prefer you not too, as they have their own artists. So submit your manuscript as text only, and if you are accepted the publisher will arrange the illustrations. Hope this helps and good luck with your stories! Thanks Lou. I write or attempt to various types of stories not just childrens. In fact my most successful in monetary terms! Thanks again for the time in contacting and advising not just me but so many other as yet undiscovered writers. Hello there — like all fellow bloggers here, I have been incredibly heartened by the enthusiasm and advice which saturates these pages.
Thank you very much everyone. I have recently sent off 5 picture book manuscripts, which form part of a larger series that I am still working on, to 7 publishers. I will keep you updated on my journey! I have my first manuscript sat on a consideration pile at Pegasus Publishers is this good news? It deserves a chance to be accepted by a good, legitimate, publisher. Taking a pessimistic point of view, as the rejections come in, should I send off other stories straight away to the same publishers as I have several others in the pipeline which might do better, or should I wait?
And if so how long in your opinion? Hi Judith, glad you to hear you are submitting your picture books. Good luck and let us know how you get on. Hello Lou I was just wondering what the process was inside a publishing house once you have sent your manuscript in. Do they get dated stamped and read in strict order or is it much more ad hoc than this? Scroll down and click on the link to David Llewellyn and it will download a word document. What I am wondering is,will it kill them to just write you a small note to acknowledge that they have your script and are looking at it,or are not able,for whatever reason,to review it,or are not accepting work in its genre,and how long it may take them to review and decide!!!?
I have already gotten a response from the Kenyan publisher I submitted some of my work to TWO days ago!! I think Kenyan publishers are a step ahead,and I am sticking to them. Lou, how do you find time to write?
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It must take you hours to reply to all the mail you receive. I find everything you write very useful, so thank you for being so giving and good luck with your own writing. Your comment made me smile — thank you! Is self published an ideal way to go? My daughter 11yrs old wrote about 15 short stories and I wanted to published them for her, Please I value your opinion, Thanks. Hi Nadia. My recommendation if you would like a nice professional looking copy for her is to go with a print-on-demand company such as Lulu or Blurb. You upload your text, formatted to the correct specifications, to their site, and then if someone wants a copy the company print one off and send it to them, and the customer pays for the printing you set the price.
The customer can be you or anyone else who wants to read it — ideal for giving copies to family and friends. These companies are increasingly used by wedding photographers who want to print off an album or people who have written their family history, as well as authors who want to see what their book looks like in published form.
If you want to print a larger supply with a view to selling copies directly yourself, a print-on-demand system can be expensive, and the best route would probably be to talk to your local printers. Be very careful responding to self publishing adverts as you can spend a lot of money! Thanks so much for the list. This is brilliant! OK so my first book is in the pipeline as previously mentioned. However, I have a second story unrelated that I think is almost ready to submit, and my publisher has already expressed an interest in reading anything else I have to offer.
Would you recommend holding fire until my first one has got onto the shelves and tested the water so to speak? Alternatively, should I get an agent to put my second book about the bigger publishers, with the selling-point of already having a book in the process of being published? Oh no Pete, what a quandary to be in albeit a nice one!
But if in doubt about what to do, it might be worth holding fire for a moment to see how the first book goes. Do you like how the publisher is presenting it? Do you feel they are doing the best possible job for your book? These are all questions that you can ask yourself as the book comes out and then you will be in a more informed place from which to make a decision. Could l submit the last three? I think the ending of my novel is much more exciting that the beginning because of the way the story builds up. Or would publishers think l was being eccentric and perverse and bin me immediately?
Hi Victor. Without wishing to cause offense I think your second assumption is more likely to be correct! But your book really has to grab people from the word go or whatever your first word is! So if you are in any doubt that your first three chapters cannot sweep the reader off their feet then look at them again and make sure they are so exciting that the publisher is desperate to read the rest. Then your last section will really knock them out. Nice to hear from you again Pete. Please let us know when your book is published.
I for one will be buying it. I think we should all support each other and I wish you every success. Lou, once again thank you for putting this site together. Just think it was you that helped him on his journey. Cheers Kim! I never thought when I published this list that I would get so many responses. I guess I will hold on with the second one and see how the first one goes….
When I finish it do I send it to that publisher that is interested or to a few different publishers and ask for their opinions? Hi Brook, nice to hear from you. I love the title of your story. There are many examples of authors succeeding when they are young: Eragon author Christopher Paolini wrote the first book of the Inheritance Cycle when he was 15, and Daisy Ashford wrote The Young Visiters, a favourite of mine, at the age of 9. A quick word to anyone starting submitting: if a publisher asks for money they are not a reputable publisher and you should not deal with them.
If in doubt, google the publisher name and take a while to read what comes up. Or go to Preditors and Editors and check their lists of publishers. And some have prizes, which is always a bonus! I hope your story goes well and I look forward to seeing your name on the spine of a bestseller one day. Or splashed across my Kindle screen! I may have to consider a literary agent do you have advice about them? Hi Pam. I have a list of agents for children at. The best place to look for lists of agents is the Writers and Artists Yearbook or the Writers Handbook.
Thank you for a quick reply and I will do. I enter competitions, but mainly poetry ones. As I write quite a lot of poems. Recently I won a poetry competition for all ages across the UK and I am getting my poem published in a book. Thank you so much for this website, it helps a lot! All three travel to the Red Riding Hood Kingdom, where the Enchantress seemed to be destroying symbolic historic sights. Alex and Conner then attend a meeting only for the kings and queens by persuading Red to wear a dress that they could hide under.
At the meeting, the Enchantress captures Alex and Conner's grandmother, revealing that she had captured 'Alex', but instead got Charlotte, their mother, who pretended to be Alex. At Red's castle, Conner learns of something called the Wand of Wonderment, which makes the holder invincible. To create it, one must find the six most valuable things of the six most hated people in the world. To help find all the items, Red asks the villagers to all pitch in to make a flying ship out of all her baskets. They obtain the ice scepter of The Snow Queen, the wedding ring of Cinderella's stepmother, the giant's harp, the glass from the Evil Queen's mirror, and the jewels of the Sea Witch.
However, they are unclear on what the Enchantress's most prized possession is. After landing in the Troll and Goblin territory, they discover that Trollbella is now queen and that Bob traveled to the Land of Stories as well. They meet the reflection of the Evil Queen in the Eastern Kingdom, who says that the Enchantress' most prized possession is her pride. Alex tries to defeat the Enchantress by subtly stealing her pride, but she is blasted off of the coliseum. Because she was holding the Wand of Wonderment, she is saved from death. However, when she reaches the ground, she faints.
Alex wakes up and goes back up the coliseum using a flying horse which is actually Bob. When she arrives, she drops the Wand in front of The Enchantress. The Enchantress tries to kill Alex with the Wand after Alex stripped her of her powers until Ezmia got hold of the Wand of Wonderment but Rumpelstiltskin jumps in front of the blast to save Alex out of guilt for what he has tried to do for Ezmia.
Conner destroys the Wand, so all the magic is taken from Ezmia's body and she dies. After that, Bob finally proposes to Charlotte and they get married in Queen Cinderella's castle. When it is time to leave, Alex claims that she is meant to stay in the Land of Stories and that Conner should share their stories in the real world.
The twins then believe that they were to be separated forever after the fairies decided to seal all portals leading to and from The Land of Stories. Later, Conner fetches Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters to go back to his world, Conner also shares their stories in the Otherworld or Earth. At the beginning of the third book, Alex is in her coronation as Fairy Godmother. Meanwhile, Conner is at school in the real world and is questioned about where his sister is. Conner goes on a school trip to Germany to hear never before heard stories by the Brothers Grimm that was recently found in a time capsule.
The good news for Conner is that the girl he has a crush on, Bree Campbell, is attending. The bad news is that four girls called the Book Huggers are also going. As for Alex, she keeps messing up casting her spells. She eventually meets a farm boy named Rook Robins, whom she starts falling for. She becomes very torn later in the story because her grandmother is dying and she feels like she is killing her. The fairy godmother is dying because she finally finds a replacement; now the Fairy Godmother can rest knowing the fairy tale world rests in good hands.
Conner finds out that one of the stories is actually a secret message and a warning for the Land of Stories. He sets out across Germany to crack a year code. With the help of Bree and the directions of Mother Goose, Conner eventually meets Emmerich Himmelsbach, a little boy from a small village. Alex and Conner realize an army from their world, the world of regular people, is coming to the Fairy Tale world. The army is led by the Masked Man, whom they presume is their father. Alex's grandmother, the Fairy Godmother, eventually defeats the twins' presumed father's dragon with her fairy magic and dies.
Alex is disgusted with Rook, figuring out he was the person who leaked out information and dumps him. Rook saves the world. Alex feels sad about dumping him but knows she has done the right thing. At the end of the book, Alex encounters the Masked Man without his mask and becomes convinced he is the twins' deceased father, John Bailey. Beyond the Kingdoms is the fourth installment in the series and was published on July 7, The book begins with the Bailey twins chasing the Masked Man, who they believe is their late father.
Alex is going through mood swings, in which her hair would float above her head and her eyes would glow. She has a hard time controlling her emotions which cause her to attack many people, including her family and friends. Alex then was 'un-godmothered' and kicked out of the fairy council for insisting that the Masked Man should be one of their highest priorities.
Alex loses her temper and her control of her magic and shoots at the fairy council with lightning before vanishing. She arrives at the Giant's castle which Mother Goose is staying in. Later on, at Red and Froggy's wedding, Morina the beauty witch arrives and claims to be Froggy's first lover and the one who cursed him to live as a frog.
She also threatens to harm Red if he doesn't leave with her. Froggy chose to leave with her, as Morina is a very powerful entity. Meanwhile, Conner gets beaten up by the Masked Man in the library as he attempts to steal books. Conner ripped off his mask, so everyone else can be convinced that he is their father. That night, Alex wishes to speak with her late grandmother, who sends an angelic moth of memories from the stars to tell Alex the true story of the Masked Man: he's their uncle Lloyd.
Conner's old friend Trix the fairy has stolen a book from his grandmother's possession. Apparently, what Lloyd attempted to steal was a Portal Potion, which could transport anyone into any book created. The ingredients to the potion contain a branch from the oldest tree in the woods, a feather from the finest pheasant in the sky, a liquefied lock and key that belonged to a true love, two weeks of moonlight and a spark of magic. Alex then confronted that the Masked Man was their uncle and not their father. Conner said she was crazy, but Mother Goose said that it was true and it was their grandmother's final wish for her to not tell.
The group then have to travel into the literature stories and attempt to stop their uncle before he recruits an army of literary villains. After they escape and meet up in the land of Oz, they realize Lloyd has sent armies to destroy the kingdoms and that they need to go home for supplies. They leave for the Otherworld on a cliffhanger — they will not go into any published stories, but into Conner's own short stories to make a literary army of their own.
An Author's Odyssey is the fifth installment in the series and was published on July 12, When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, and also recovering many memories they had made in the fairy-tale world, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Conner and Alex spend moments in Conner's short stories ranging from battling pirates to racing in an ancient pyramid filled with a thousand zombie mummies with the story's main protagonist.
Conner went with his mother, Charlotte Bailey, in one of those adventures. The Snow Queen and the Sea Witch planned to give a handful of dust made from a magic mirror created by demons to Alex whereas only one piece of the dust turned the Enchantress into what she became. It was a curse which was believed by the witches-unbreakable.
The sixth and final book in the series, titled Worlds Collide , was released on July 11, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters—heroes and villains—are no longer confined within their world. With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. After a prologue in which Conner, now 18, is celebrating his birthday at a bookstore, and realises he doesn't know what happened to Alex, and begins reading his last book.
The story starts with Alex, still under the witches' control, wreaking havoc at the New York Public Library. There are a few mishaps at the airport, such as Red buying a mirror at a gift shop, but they get on the plane safely. When they arrive, the Book Huggers, sitting in a restaurant, see Conner and tell their parents.
However, Conner ducks and the parents don't see him.
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Then as Conner's group attempts to make it into the library, a homeless man who had helped them earlier for money leads them to a subway tunnel that was abandoned in the '20s and heads directly under the library. While there, they hear from other homeless people and realize a portal between the worlds is going to open up in the library. They break into the library and see Alex, currently under Morina's control, and the witch keeps them quiet.
While sleeping, Conner gets a message from Alex saying that she wants him to kill her so she can "return to magic" and break free from the curse. The Book Huggers rescue Conner and the gang. Meanwhile, Alex is causing more chaos against her will. Alex is not affected by the curse in the story, and they see their father. Alex then gets emotional to the point the curse disintegrates and they leave. They then repair New York and a week later, meet the president. They explain to her to safeguard the Land of Stories book to ensure a catastrophe never happens again like that of the Literary Army.