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Submission of manuscripts: Frequently asked questions
Those and my responses come from a question I got. There are many submission issues and I have selected them because they are shared issues. You will also find a link to related papers elsewhere on the site, and you will find more information on submitting to various blogs, especially the December 2005 one.
Obviously I made a few beginner's errors, like being an unreleased writer trying to get into a big firm and make instant requests for submissions. My interpellation is: to have many scripts that I should choose for an initially less dispersed publishing group. Or, are you trying a proper manuscript and hoping that publishing my thicker ones in a bigger manuscript will help?
You can' t expect to have a number of immediately available scripts. When you are like most group that statesman, most work you person backhand don't get anywhere. Of course, to write these scripts was not a complete wastage. So, I would suggest that you select the manuscript that you think is the most powerful and present it to a home that looks like a good fit.
Name of the publisher or coordinator of the submissions? Is it okay to submit the manuscript directly to the copywriter named in Children's Writers and Illustrator's Market or should you be on the save side - changing to another copywriter - and sending it to the Submissions Coordinator? It is not necessary for me to keep having to call the firms to see who the present editor-in-chief of the children's department is.
I sometimes ask for submission instructions, but not always. They should also be reading my articles about editor names on manuscript submission. I' had a query about the entries. Last fortnight I sent my first PB manuscript to[a major publisher]. I remembered two and a half day later that I had sent the manuscript to the firm without any reference on the manuscript jacket or covering note that it was a manuscript for the "young readers" section.
" In my covering note it said that it was a fictitious textbook manuscript, but I am worried because I did not make it clear on the mailing carton. Had I been you, I would re-send the manuscript adressed to a particular child print (not just the "Young Readers' Department" - this can be an umbrella group).
I' ve not been submitting a manuscript for about a year now and I see that many of the larger publishers like Putnam, Dial, Hyperion, do not accept unasked scripts and suggest looking for an agents. I would like to know if I should try to find an agency or if I should try to mail it to the smaller publishers.
You need to choose what is best for you, or you can even submit to agencies and publishing houses at the same time. Remember that it can be even harder to find the right agency than to find a distributor. It' s going to be simpler once you get released if you are a writer, in particular, but many picture-book or non-fiction authors never have an agen.
Go to meetings where journalists speak - they often allow contributions from participants. Even if the gate is formally locked, please still submit a request. This may take some patience, but there are ways to get past these locked doorways or to turn your back and find the open ones.
About a childrens book I was writing. Would it be okay to have the same MS of my book sent to several publishers at the same times or..... should I just mail it to one publishers and always await an answer before sending another to another one?
Perhaps you'd like to review some of the items in the Basics section, but to give a brief response to a frequently debated question: Yes, it's fine to submit so-called concurrent entries, although you shouldn't go overboard and submit 50 at once.
I' m sending a manuscript to[a major publisher] earlier this mon. I' ve just got the letter in the post that I attached to my entry and there was a copy of their entry policy. While I followed the rules I searched on the web, when I sent in the cover I couldn't find any information that said I shouldn't do anything else.
Unfortunately, the policy lists (in capital and bold) says: "Please DO NOT enclose a prepaid return cover. Shall I go on and submit somewhere else? There' s no other information about writing than their rules. This seems to be one of the publishing houses that does not answer if they are not interested, and so they do not ask for a SASE.
As the wizard opened the email, she found the SASE and took the chance to email you the policy - with the right hunch you didn't have it. One of the presenters invited the topics of the meeting to give their contributions.
I do not think that the publishers represented by the speakers are accepting unasked contributions, so I consider it a great honour. Will this be a public policy through homes that do not adopt voluntary subordinations? I' m working on getting my manuscript to this publishers. As I do not know any of the conditions for this home, I try to find out a courteous and proffesional way to achieve its submission rules.
I' ve found an writer and freelance publisher who has been released by them, and I'm trying to arrange an interviewer to answer the question of my submission policy and get a feeling for the publisher, as I'm also trying to find out if they would be interested in my manuscript.
I' d like to have a review from her, but I would like to submit this manuscript before the invite gets chilly. Then I want to establish a relation with this author/editor before submitting my manuscript for criticism. I' m still a newcomer to child literacy.
Are there other free ways I could find out the submission policy for a publisher that does not take uncalled entries? As far as their policies are concerned, I don't think it takes that much to figure them out. Their policies may be posted on their website even when their door is locked.
Otherwise I would expect that their policies will not differ too much from those of other publishing companies, as publishers' policies, at least those of trading companies, are very similar. View my article about the manuscript format, the rules of my example writer and the publisher's listing in CWIM or a similar leader and you will know most of what you need to know.
There are some who are more liberal with their own times than others. I' ve told a history, found a publishing house and wrote my covering note, but the publishing house wants to get biographic information about the writers of its work. You want my biography or just where I reside, how many kids I have, etc.?
I' ve searched both your book and your website and other websites and can't find any information on this one. A possible cause for the fact that you have not found any information about it is that publishing houses usually do not ask for biographic information when submitting.
When this asks for it, but doesn't say exactly what they want, most likely they're looking for information like what you see on a back flap--a heel or two--though it seems uneven to me that they're asking for it as part of a subordination. The majority of publishing houses mail a survey to their writers after a book has been written.
I' ve created and wrote a pop-up book, but I'm not sure what should be contained in the mummy. I' m assuming I need a mummy for a book like this. While I know the editor is hiring the artist, I fear that the full effect of pop-ups and other feature with my bad art abilities will be wasted.
I' m sorry to bring so much negative information, but it's very hard to write a pop-up book directly to a publishing company. When you want to contact publishing houses directly, please describe your idea, but don't go out of your way with the images, as the editor may have his own idea that might be better than yours in the end.
Publishing houses looking at the entries do not publish such works themselves. I' m a self-published bookwriter. In the last year I have written and released a book of pictures. A lot of kids and grown-ups like the book very much. Being a self-released writer, however, I could not use any serious sales channel in the U.S. At the same timeframe I have neither the necessary ressources nor the necessary experience to conduct a major book promotion.
There were some folks who proposed that I should try to sell the book's copyrights to a larger publisher. As a general rule, you send the manuscript (not the book, as some publishing houses are very sceptical about self-published books) to publishing houses as if it were a manuscript that has never been pub.
While you could say it was released, don't make a big thing out of it unless you sell a thousand of them. On my page you will also find fundamental information on submitting manuscripts.