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Miss Snark, Do you have any suggestions as to what publishers to try for a picture book by a first time author. I would appreciate any information you could offer.

Pictures of what?
Pictures of giant squid off the coast of New Zealand?
Pictures of Killer Yapp absconding with the Sunday roast?
Pictures of Miss Snark in the embrace of George Clooney?

ok, ok, I know what you mean. You mean picture books for young readers.

Go to Writers Market. Look in the index of publishers by subject. Look for Picture books. Then look for publishers who take unagented submissions.

Of course, I'm a literary agent. Big surprise that I think you need an agent.

This answer applies to anyone else who wants a recommendation on where to send work.
No exceptions.
Unless of course you have photos of KY absconding with roast. I need that for the civil trial.


Unknown said...

Miss Snark eats a Sunday Roast? Something tells me it's made of unagented writers who queried "Dear Agent", stuffed with the shreds of their 40 page synopses, and lightly basted in an SASE that Miss Snark made, as they never provided one.

...can I come to dinner sometime?

Anonymous said...

This writer should consider joinin the society of children's books writers and illustrators (SCBWI). Might also want to check out the Purple Crayon website.

d said...

Some other helpful sites besides the SCBWI and Purple Crayon sites already mentioned are:


and a set of links for children's writers here:

Anonymous said...

The person who asked the question should remember that it is near impossible to succeed in having a children's picture book published, unless you already are, or unless it offers something that is different – truly different - from what's out there.
Picture books are very expensive to produce, and if your book doesn't sell the publisher will have lost too much. Picture books are a risky venture – too risky.
But don't give up – simply make sure that you keep writing in the meantime. If you write articles/poetry/short stories, send them to magazines and competitions, and get your work out there.

litagent said...

There's something called the Children's Book Council (website:CBCbooks.org) which has a lot of useful info, not least of which is a membership list. It gives the names and addresses of all the acquiring editors at nearly every children's book publisher, and includes pertinent information about what types of books they publish, for what age groups, whether they accept unagented material and whether they are currently accepting submissions at all.

The children's book world really is a different one from adult trade publishing, and I'd suggest that any writer aspiring to publish children's books do as much research as possible. (For instance, most publishers have their own stable of illustrators that they prefer to work with. Unless an author intends to illustrate his own work -- and is a professional artist -- a publisher doesn't WANT to see illustrations for a children's PB. Even if the author IS a professional artist, the publisher only wants to see a sample or two, NOT the entire illustrated book. Picture books are constrained by number of pages and word count and the illustrations have to conform to that reality. Like I said, a whole different universe.)

litagent said...

P.S. While many children's publishers DO accept unagented submissions, once you have some interest in the book, you absolutely want to have an agent to help with the business end.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's any harder to sell picture books than any other kind of books. I've sold three, and am in a fair way to sell more. I think when children's writers say that, what they really mean is, "Quit assuming any idiot can whip up a book for kids!"

Anonymous said...

In addition to the sites others have mentioned, I'll note that Writers Market puts out an annually updated version for people who write for kids.

the Writers Digest site is here; one can also buy the book through Amazon or any other bookstore.

I don't recall whether its title includes both "children's" and "young adult," but it covers the full range.

Anonymous said...

Aargh. I'd meant to delete that last bit, once I found the book.

The Nitwit