Many of you probably already know this, but for the ones that don't I wanted to share some info on submitting to Arbordale (formerly Sylvan Dell).
When you submit to Donna or Katie, if you can lay the PB out in a usable 13 page spread, it will help because then they can see the layout of the PB. When I submitted The Sparrow and The Trees, I already had it laid out into these 13 spreads because that is the communication I had received from the years(yes ...years... 5 to be exact
) of submitting to them. And that is the layout they are keeping.
Arbordale does ALL full page spreads so each illustrations will need to be shown in one full spread. They only have room for 13 full page spreads due to the creative minds section at the back of the book, so keep this in mind as you write.
Also, if you can find a way that your PB ties into the CCS or NGSS that will be awesome! I found a site online that showed how 2nd grade teachers used the folklore of Why the Trees Lose Their Leaves as a supplemental lesson for their classrooms. I included a link to that info with my submission. Any info that you find can show just how your PB needs to be included in the amazing line up of Arbordale books!
I am crossing my fingers and hoping that my PB that they currently have on hold for the 2016 year will turn into my 2nd PB with them!
I hope some of this info is helpful to all of your fantastic PB writers out there and if I think of more info, I will update