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http://www.tanglewoodbooks.com/index.html

I was looking for info on them, but it doesn't seem they have a thread here.

P&E says "Tanglewood Press: A publishing company with books that are mostly for kids."

Anyone have info beyond that? I can see from their website they have a fair number of decent titles, good cover art, and they seem like proper, upstanding citizens of the publishing world. Opinions?
 

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I've never heard of them, but apparently they published Ashfall, which has gotten outstanding reviews. I'm looking at their books and I have to read this Surviving the Angel of Death. They look very legit.

I guess it's a good thing when you're finding yourself longing to read the books on a publisher's website, instead of being alerted by a million red flags!
 

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I've read a few of their books, and loved them. Surviving The Angel of Death is a very intense, heartbreaking book. I was glad I could read and review it. It's definitely worth reading.

I submitted to them for a picture book. I didn't hear anything back yet, but it's only been about two weeks. I'm impatient though. :) Not sure if they send rejections or not, but I hope they do. I like closure, even when they're not interested it's good to know, so I don't have to worry about my mail arriving or not.
 

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They are very slow to respond -- I think it takes 7-10 months, but they do answer.
 

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There are only three recorded responses on QueryTracker.

1 request at 22 days
2 rejections, 1 at 34 days, 1 at 120 days.

Pretty quick if you ask me!
 

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I read Ashfall and it was excellent, well edited with great cover art. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.

My notes from an article I read on them indicate they were established in 2004 and started publishing YA in 2011 with 1 book, following in 2012 with 3 books. They're always looking for something different from the hot trends.
 

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In the 2010-11 SCBWI small press market survey, it indicates their method of payment as "royalties," which leads me to believe they don't pay an advance--unless things have changed. There's no mention of distribution.

Here's an interview with the founder:
http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2011/11/publisher-interview-peggy-tierney-of.html

Thanks for the link, Erin. Yep, they look advanceless and carry no distribution, from what I can see. Nice books, though. And the owner has an editing background.

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Just an FYI for future readers of the thread...I emailed today asking what their word count guidelines are, since I'm on the lookout for small houses that might consider my ~21k word YA contemporary novella. Peggy Tierney got back to me within an hour or so and said that since it is YA, she would consider it a short novel, and that it would be fine to submit as such :)
 

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I'd be surprised if they do not pay advances. I don't know what distribution they have, but I got Ashfall out of my library, so they do market to libraries. They've moved to e-subs since I last queried them, and now they are responding in 3-4 months, which is faster than their old snail subs.

One very prominent book they publish is the reprint of THE KISSING HAND, which is a classic/perennial picture book that I'm sure has sold a lot of copies. It's widely used for the start of school for pre-k and kindergarten. I've not read the book, but my second grade daughter often has me kiss her palm at bedtime because of this book.
 
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I couldn't find it, so I'll ask: does anyone know how many sample chapters they're looking for?

ETA: Hey, found it in the 2012 Writer's Market online. 3-5 sample chapters, it says.
 
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I couldn't find it, so I'll ask: does anyone know how many sample chapters they're looking for?

ETA: Hey, found it in the 2012 Writer's Market online. 3-5 sample chapters, it says.

Thanks for posting that! I queried them today and sent three chapters, but I wasn't sure if that was what they wanted. I also pasted the chapters below my query letter rather than attaching them. I hope they don't mind.
 

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I submitted to them in April and got my rejection in July, so about three months say. It was a form rejection, but at least they responded, which was good.
 

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I sent a query/PB ms to them via email to Kairi Hamlin and heard back within the week. It was a rejection, but I couldn't believe how fast I heard back.
 

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I submitted to them in July and have heard nothing. No response means no, I guess. :/
 

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I subbed in July too and haven't heard. It's only been three months. Book publishers can be slower than Christmas, so don't give up hope yet. Maybe we're both under serious consideration!
 

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Finally got a response today-Form reject. Oh well. At least it's a response!
 

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