I'm wondering if anyone has any info about the publisher Barefoot Books. They're currently not open to submission, but they also function as a direct sales company, apparently.
At a book fair I went to recently one of their sales reps had a table set up with a lot of attractive books. She makes a commission on each sale (I didn't ask specifics). They only handle children's books. I just looked at a couple of them (I don't have kids to buy for) and they looked pretty good.
This is from their "Core Values" page:
We offer books that are an authentic alternative to the commercialization of childhood. We encourage children to make time for make-believe, let their imaginations run wild and free, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun.
We help children explore other cultures, our planet, and themselves, providing them with ways to follow their imaginations on extraordinary journeys, both inner and outer.
We believe that books with beautiful art and meaningful stories respect the innate wisdom of children and have the power to nourish the creative spark in everyone.
We are committed to using story to create deep and lasting connections—whether it’s a child and parent connecting over a book; a child connecting to the universal wisdom of other cultures; or a broad network of people connecting through shared values and the desire to help children become happy, engaged members of a global community.
We support organizations that share our goals of global understanding, empowering children through art and story, and protecting and preserving the earth for future generations.
Has anyone worked with them, either as a writer or illustrator, or as a sales person? I know there will be the usual caveats about MLM companies (I think that's what this is, though I'm not sure).