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Hello all!  I am new here and I am ready to submit my first children's book!  I am sending directly to publishers and I have a question about the SASE.  Some publishers ask specifically for a letter sized envelope, and others ask for an appropriate size if I would like my materials returned.  Any advice on what to send if nothing is specified?  Do I send a big one (my full ms has illustrations and is pretty bulky) and assume they will return my materials?  Or do I send a letter size and let them recycle the ms? 

I appreciate any advice!
#1 - April 20, 2017, 08:09 PM

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It depends.  If you want the material returned to you then send the large envelope. If you don't then send the regular envelope and mention at the bottom of your query that THEY can recycle the mss.  Even if you don't mention it, they will figure it out by the size of the envelope you send.  So, it is basically your choice.
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Thank you Melody!  That really helps.
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Hello all!  I am new here and I am ready to submit my first children's book!  I am sending directly to publishers and I have a question about the SASE.  Some publishers ask specifically for a letter sized envelope, and others ask for an appropriate size if I would like my materials returned.  Any advice on what to send if nothing is specified?  Do I send a big one (my full ms has illustrations and is pretty bulky) and assume they will return my materials?  Or do I send a letter size and let them recycle the ms? 

I appreciate any advice!

Never send the original. There is always a chance it will get mangled or lost. I'm hoping an illustrator will stop by to tell you how to send good copies of the dummy.  When you send the dummy, also include a copy of the manuscript without illustrations unless you're submitting to an art director.

I hope this helps and that someone with more knowledge from the art side stops by.
#4 - April 23, 2017, 08:38 PM
« Last Edit: April 30, 2017, 09:11 PM by Debbie Vilardi »

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Thank you Debbie, it never occurred to me to also send a copy of the manuscript without illustrations! 
#5 - April 24, 2017, 08:42 AM

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Just a thought...it saves you lots of money and fuss if you submit by email (if the publisher allows it).
#6 - April 24, 2017, 04:19 PM
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Hi Julie, thanks for your response.  I did find a couple publishers who take electronic submissions!
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