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It seems that many of these early chapter books are done by packagers.  Is that correct?  Though there are readers for early chapter books, it seems difficult to find publishers seeking them.  Any suggestions? :snowmanjump:
#1 - February 18, 2014, 03:33 PM

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Hi, Terri! While many of the super-commercial tv spin-off books are done by packagers (or written in-house), I think there's still a market for chapter books with strong hooks. My Marty McGuire series with Scholastic is one example - and I recently sold them another series as well. Cindy Lord has a new chapter book series with Scholastic, too - and I know I've seen others in Publishers Marketplace. It does tend to be the bigger publishers seeking them, I think.
#2 - February 18, 2014, 07:09 PM
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I have an early chapter book series with Scholastic as well, in their new Branches line.
#3 - February 18, 2014, 07:13 PM
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Yes, I agree about Scholastic, but there's no submitting to them without an agent.
#4 - February 18, 2014, 09:33 PM

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For Branches, it's worth mentioning that they're more interested in author/illustrators like Cyndi Marko, along with every other author/illus on their list! And you're right. Agent is needed. BUT... there are certainly other imprints. It's a growing market. Perhaps you should start querying agents before querying publishers for this? There's lots of potential with series. Good luck, Terri!
#5 - February 18, 2014, 10:24 PM

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This is good to know, as I've been thinking of writing early chapter books in addition to picture books. Does anyone know which agents/agencies are most receptive to queries?
#6 - February 19, 2014, 06:10 AM
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Danielle Smith of Foreword Literary mentioned that she "on the hunt for more great chapter books like IVY & BEAN by Annie Barrows and THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER by Kevin Henkes" over on the Middle Grade Minded Blog last month.

http://middlegrademinded.blogspot.com/2014/01/danielle-smith-of-foreword-literary.html
#7 - February 19, 2014, 08:30 AM
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I sold two humorous chapter book series without an agent to smallish publishers: Supernatural Rubber Chicken to Wizard of the Coast (3 books published in 2008) and Zeke Meeks to Capstone (14 books published from 2011-2015). A few years ago, agents didn't seem enthusiastic about chapter books. But maybe things are changing.
#8 - February 19, 2014, 02:39 PM
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When I first came up with KPC, my agent figured we'd have to sit on it until I had other projects published as the chapter book market is really hard to break into. I think that's probably the reason why agents don't seem as interested in them. So I had put the whole thing in a drawer, and immediately the opportunity to submit to Branches fell into our lap. So it seemed like a weird twist of fate at the time, lol. But I think the overall cb market could be getting better as the demand for good books for the younger emerging readers is growing.
#9 - February 19, 2014, 02:51 PM
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I'm listening in here.  :ha
#10 - February 19, 2014, 05:59 PM
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Thanks, folks! I've written a couple of PB's based on my dog, one of which is scheduled for publication later this year. The other, I'm shopping around since my publisher isn't requesting new PB manuscripts until later this year. I'm thinking of based at least one early reader chapter book on the same character.
#11 - February 20, 2014, 06:20 AM
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I've subbed a chapter book to Danielle Smith. Still waiting for a reply at five months. I'll nudge next month.

Brenda Bowen and the folks at Nancy Gallt also mention chapter books in their guidelines. I'm sure there are others who will look at them.
#12 - February 24, 2014, 08:01 AM

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This is a fantastic thread! I am venturing on my first chapter book right now! So this is very helpful :)
#13 - February 24, 2014, 10:52 AM
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I'm still trying to figure the chapter books thing out. There are Early Chapter Books such as the kind Scholastic/Branches does that starts as young as 5 and goes to 8 and then there's Middle Grade which is older. Is Branches the only publisher that does that sort of subsection of young readers of chapter-ish books?
#14 - August 04, 2015, 08:01 PM
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Stephanie, hi! I recognize you from twitter earlier today!

I just sold another early chapter book to Aladdin's P!X line. They are 64 pages full color. The other books in the line I've read are super cute! I think the early heavily illustrated chapter book market is expanding right now.

There are early illustrated chapter books like Branches and P!X and there are chapter books heavier on words with some illustrations for slightly older/more advanced readers, then middle grade novels.
#15 - August 04, 2015, 09:57 PM
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Oh, HI! Look at that!

Thank you so much for this info. I've been concentrating on PB, but I feel like I have something that is long for PB yet not necessarily right for the MG ages. On the other hand, I'm not an illustrator and I see many of the Branches books are writer/illustrator, though not all.

(Also, congrats on the Aladdin sell!)
#16 - August 05, 2015, 08:56 AM
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That's actually how I fell in to chapter books. My original vision for KPC was as a PB, but I adapted it to a CB format. The submission to Aladdin actually was a PB, and they asked me to expand it to a CB. I've realized many of my PB ideas have been better suited to chapter books.

And yes, not all are author-illustrator. Another member here has a series coming out with Branches and she is author only.

(And thanks!)
#17 - August 05, 2015, 10:30 AM
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Sorry, I have nothing to add. I'm pretty new to chapter books myself.

Just wanted to say: I think you are right about your PBs being better suited to chapter books, Arty. PTBWK would make an AWESOME chapter book. Please tell me you're shopping that one. (Can't find the begging smilie. LOL)

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#18 - August 05, 2015, 02:45 PM
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Ha, Rue!! You know, I completely redid the art and reformatted and revised that one just a little while ago (not shopped yet), but I was *just* telling my agent last week I had an idea for adapting it as a chapter book. I think the characters need to be CB age for it to really work.  :dragonchase
#19 - August 05, 2015, 02:55 PM
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Agreed! My kids loved that book, BTW. It seems like every time I mention you, they ask if it's ever going to be published.  :crossedfingers

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#20 - August 05, 2015, 03:06 PM
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Awww, yay!! That's so awesome.  :thanx It's one of my favorites too. I'm not ready to give up on it yet.
#21 - August 05, 2015, 03:22 PM
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#22 - August 05, 2015, 03:29 PM
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Excellent to know, Artemesia -- thank you!
#23 - August 05, 2015, 06:37 PM
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I'm pretty sure all of the big publishers have divisions that do chapter book series. Go to the book store and pick up a book from each series. See who put it out.
#24 - September 08, 2015, 02:44 PM

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