Anyone looking to publish a children's book will quickly discover that the children's publishing scene is as bright and busy as the kids' corner of the library — and as difficult to navigate. While many first-time kidlit authors seek out a children's book agent to usher them towards major publishers which, as a rule, only deal with agented authors , that isn't the only route to publication. To help you find a home for your bold, original work, we've separated the wheat from the chaff to find 35 of the best children's book publishers who are gladly accepting unsolicited submissions. The first children's publishers on our list are all exclusively looking for fiction titles.
When editors receive manuscript submissions, typically, they glance at the manuscripts quickly or hand them over to an assistant for review. Writing a cover letter to accompany your manuscript submission is a mechanism that enables you to detail the most vital elements of your work. The key is to lead with an attention-grabbing element. Your opening paragraph needs to grab attention. You might opt for a dramatic or memorable excerpt from your submission or an interest-piquing question.
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But adhering to the list of ingredients and following the basic formula can make it that much easier. These days, most queries to agents will be e-queries. For e-queries, simply begin with the greeting. If it is a snail mail query, then use standard business letter formatting. But note: this basic information should be somewhere in the query.