Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Picture book publishers who accept email queries and/or submissions

  1. #1
    practical experience, FTW janetbellinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Orangeville, Ontario
    Posts
    2,770

    Picture book publishers who accept email queries and/or submissions

    Does anybody know of any paying picture book publishers who accept email queries/submissions?
    Janet


    Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
    Author:
    Voltaire


  2. #2
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    48
    Quote Originally Posted by janetbellinger View Post
    Does anybody know of any paying picture book publishers who accept email queries/submissions?
    The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Flash Light Press. I'm sure there are others though.

  3. #3
    practical experience, FTW janetbellinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Orangeville, Ontario
    Posts
    2,770
    Thanks. I've submitted to them but am not sure if my picture book is long enough for their specifications.
    Janet


    Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
    Author:
    Voltaire


  4. #4
    Crypto-fascist Soccer Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Under your couch
    Posts
    18,609
    Most of the ones I can think of only take snail mail submissions.
    <clickety to see my books


    Join us for the Absolute Write-in #AWritein

    Marguerite Says...Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

    I also Twitter & Facebook

    People think I’m disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference ~Luciano Pavarotti

  5. #5
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    351
    Flashlight just told me that they wanted 1000 words of text.

    My cowriter and mine's text was only 226. We were expecting to hear they wanted 500--which we might expand to. 1000 words of rhyme is a lot of rhyme and meter.

    Thinking about going 1000 words but not rhyming.

    Maurice

  6. #6
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    26

    any others?

    Any others that accept e-mails other than flashlight?

  7. #7
    Is the random. MissKris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Kate brought me.
    Posts
    1,692
    Bloomsbury Kids USA takes e-mail submissions, but they don't reply if they're not interested and they say they could take several months to get back even if they are interested. Check their website for more info.

  8. #8
    Banned for Spamming
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Canda
    Posts
    1,141
    Your best bet might be to try for an agent, because so many houses are closed to unsolicited MS's. I know getting an agent for PBs are hard, but it can be done (Ronnie Ann Herman at the Herman Agency reps PBs almost exclusively, for example). I would consider having a few PB's ready first though, because sometimes the feedback is a 'No to this one, but do you have anything else?' and then you definitely want to follow it up with another MS.

    Good luck!

  9. #9
    I'm bumping this thread instead of creating a new one so that all the information is in one place.

    Bloomsbury's email address isn't working. Does anyone have another email I can try?

    Also, if there are any other publishers who accept email picture book submissions, feel free to share.
    Quote Originally Posted by Orchestra View Post
    But seriously, never ask permission to write something. Don't be a wimp.

  10. #10
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    160
    hi Escritora,
    You can find a number of names under this post:

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/...d.php?t=228267

    Good luck and let us know how it goes !!!
    Sabrina

  11. #11
    Caped Codder jaksen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    In MA, USA, across from a 17th century cemetery
    Posts
    5,119
    Join Query Tracker. Then do a search for PB or picture books (Under publishers. Or you can do the same search under agents.)

    You can register on QT for free, and use the site for free. (Paid membership gives you a few extra options.) I do the free and find it works great for my needs.

    Just google Query Tracker.
    Latest story in December 2013 issue of EQMM.

    Eeyore was saying to himself, “This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.” A.A. Milne

  12. #12
    jaksen, i'm a member of query tracker. There is only one picture book publisher that comes up in the search, and that publisher doesn't accept email queries. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong.
    Quote Originally Posted by Orchestra View Post
    But seriously, never ask permission to write something. Don't be a wimp.

  13. #13
    practical experience, FTW sissybaby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    somewhere, out there
    Posts
    2,634
    escritora - if you select Picture Books, you'll only get the one. My suggestion is to select Children's Fiction. You will only get a few, but that helps. Then go to the individual websites and see what they are willing to accept. I know Bloomsbury (sp) says they will not respond to unsolicited mss. but they will accept PB queries and if they are interested they'll get back to you. And they accept equeries.

    I don't know about the others. But there's a start, maybe.

    Best of luck.

  14. #14
    Thanks, sissybaby. I checked under Children's as you suggested and received more results.

    For those interested: Chronicle Books accepts email queries. The thread on AW brings up a concern about a conflict of interest. Predators and Editors slapped them with "not recommended." Since I've seen, read, and enjoyed Chronicle Books I submitted my picture book. If I do receive a response and I'm directed to a vanity press (read the link above for more details), I'll provide a long overdue update on that thread.

    Handprint Books is another that accepts email queries. Handprint is part of Chronicle Books. The Handprint website hasn't been updated in years. I called the number on the site and Handprint Books is still in business. I asked if I can send a submission and was encouraged to do so. I did, even though something is off.

    On a side, Bloomsbury's email isn't functioning. My submission bounces back. I'm using bloomsbury.kids @ bloomsburyusa.com. If anyone knows of a different address, please let me know.
    Quote Originally Posted by Orchestra View Post
    But seriously, never ask permission to write something. Don't be a wimp.

  15. #15
    practical experience, FTW sissybaby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    somewhere, out there
    Posts
    2,634
    escritora - I think the Bloomsbury site said they weren't accepting anything until after the first of the year, but I may be confusing them with someone else. I'll have to go back and check.

    Please keep us informed about the other submissions you made. I'll be interested in hearing.

    Ah, never mind. It wasn't Bloomsbury. But their website is extremely confusing to me. In one place it says they no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts. In another it says they will not respond to unsolicited manuscripts unless they are interested. Then in another it says they welcome Picture Book submissions. So I'm very confused.
    Last edited by sissybaby; 12-22-2011 at 03:44 AM. Reason: I screwed up again

  16. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by sissybaby View Post
    escritora - I think the Bloomsbury site said they weren't accepting anything until after the first of the year, but I may be confusing them with someone else. I'll have to go back and check.

    Please keep us informed about the other submissions you made. I'll be interested in hearing.

    Ah, never mind. It wasn't Bloomsbury. But their website is extremely confusing to me. In one place it says they no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts. In another it says they will not respond to unsolicited manuscripts unless they are interested. Then in another it says they welcome Picture Book submissions. So I'm very confused.
    It is confusing and I did what any writer would do...I interpreted the text in my favor. Unfortunately, the email isn't working.

    Can you share the name of the publisher who is reopening submissions in the New Year?

    I'll definitely keep everyone posted on the submissions I sent. I won't hear back until three to six months. That's only if they are interested, tho. If I don't provide an update consider my submissions a silent rejection.
    Quote Originally Posted by Orchestra View Post
    But seriously, never ask permission to write something. Don't be a wimp.

  17. #17
    Mentoring Myself and Others Debbie V's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    2,663
    Many editors will accept e-mailed submission if you meet them first at conferences. Otherwise snail mail is still the way to go. It can be slower and more expensive however. Smaller presses are more likely to accept e-mail. Many of these are regional. Your best bet is to go through the writer's markets and figure out which publishers are right for your work. After that Google for updated guidelines.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search