One of the hardest things in the children’s book industry is to find a publisher that is accepting unsolicited manuscripts. It takes hours of research in order to find a few and then you have to research more to find if the publisher is the right fit.
Of course there are excellent books to be had on the subject like
However, a lot can be done on the internet now. Another way to go about finding someone who is accepting an unsolicited manuscript is to go on the publisher’s website. Then read some books that the publisher has published in order to get a feel for what they are looking for. You can also choose to follow a publisher via Twitter, get on their e-mail mailing list, or read their blog.
Research takes a lot of time, so here’s a head start for you. I am sharing three publishers who will accept an unsolicited manuscript:
There are three divisions of the children’s group, which all have distinct styles, i.e., Clarion Books, so you must do some more research to find your fit. They are looking for picture books, novels, and non fiction.
Charlesbridge asks for exclusive submissions. They are looking for picture books, transitional books, and non fiction books.
3. Kane Miller (educational)
They accept picture books, chapter books, and middle grade fiction.
Here’s a publisher that accepts query letters:
Although they are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts, at least they are willing to look at query letters. The query letters must be sent by snail mail to a specific editor, which means more research to find the editor who suits you. They publish children’s books for every age.
Remember that it is important to find a publisher that fits your personality. I find that lately I have been reading books, discovering the publisher styles I really enjoy, and then taking down names.
What about you? Do you have any children’s book publishers who are accepting unsolicited or unagented manuscripts that you would like to share with us?