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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Less Traditional Publishing Route
« Last post by lauriew on May 26, 2022, 05:07 AM »
Callisto does lots of kids' books. I have a friend who has done several for them. Here are some of their kids' books:  https://www.target.com/c/kids-books-movies-music/callisto-media/-/N-5xsx6Zq643le1sy75.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fiction PB Marketing Proposal?
« Last post by Vijaya on May 25, 2022, 07:22 PM »
:welcome Elizabeth. Authors are expected to do marketing so I'm not completely surprised that an agent is asking for a marketing plan/proposal but it's putting the cart before the horse, given how long it can take to bring a PB to market. That said, perhaps you can look at what some publishers have asked in terms of marketing plans and cater your proposal with the things you'd enjoy doing. For ex. I enjoy offering workshops at schools and conferences, but I don't do any social media. I'd be hard-pressed to write 2 singly spaced pages on marketing :lol4 Good luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Less Traditional Publishing Route
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on May 25, 2022, 07:21 PM »
I've had one work-for-hire with an opportunity for me to buy copies at a discount to sell, but that book isn't out yet. Lots of educational do books where you write to spec for a flat fee and they own all rights. I haven't seen one with a royalty though. And the publishers sometimes go through book packagers to hire the writers. Often the books fit into series that already exist, so there is no new market research. If the series is selling well, books will be added. In this case, the curriculum tie in may be all the market research you need.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Less Traditional Publishing Route
« Last post by Vijaya on May 25, 2022, 07:06 PM »
:welcome Jessie. I'm not familiar with Collisto but I've done quite a bit of work-for-hire in the children's educational market but none of my contracts included purchasing copies to resell. Perhaps you can browse through our own Ev's list of educational publishers to see if any fit the Callisto model: http://evelynchristensen.com/markets.html  Good luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Less Traditional Publishing Route
« Last post by jessie-raspbury on May 25, 2022, 06:19 PM »
Hello All! 

I was wondering if anyone has heard of publishing with a company like Collisto, but for children's books.  Collisto basically does market analysis, finds out what is trending, then hires writers and produces the books.  They take all royalties, pay the writer a fee, (and sometimes small residuals) and then also gives them some free (or cheap) prints to sell. 

Collisto doesn't have a children's book market, but I wonder if anyone has had experience with this type of publishing?
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Picture Books (PB) / Fiction PB Marketing Proposal?
« Last post by Elizabeth James on May 25, 2022, 09:08 AM »
I am querying a fiction PB and had an agent respond and ask for a 2-page, single-spaced marketing proposal to accompany it.

I know this is more common when writers are going directly to publishers, however I wasn't expecting it from an agent.

I was wondering if anyone here would be willing to share a proposal so that I could wrap my head around what it looks like/is included? I have a couple of proposal templates but they are really high-view. I'd like to see a more nuts-and-bolts example to guide me as I create my own.

TIA!
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(as opposed to an attached formal cover/query letter)

Very few people take the letter as an attachment. In general, the letter is at the top of the email and the manuscript text is under it in full for a PB. All is in the body of the email. Most people are leery of opening attachments from unknown folks. But some will take the manuscript (and synopsis and sample where appropriate) as an attachment to the letter. If it doesn't say to attach, don't or do both.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: What is meant by "Query letters not accepted"?
« Last post by dkshumaker on May 24, 2022, 12:22 PM »
Agree with Vijaya. Send in your PB with a cover letter introducing your book and yourself. But include the entire picture book, not just a proposal or first few pages.

Good luck!
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A query is more of a pitch. You are querying whether there's interest in a book you have to offer so that usually entails the letter with an outline &/or sample &/or marketing/comparable titles, etc. The details vary with each publisher.

I think there is a distinction between query letters and cover letters, but most people use them interchangeably. A query letter summarizes your story and asks if you can send it. A cover letter pitches your story and includes the story or whatever number of pages they are asking for. So I would definitely send a brief cover letter describing your story and your bio.  But now a days, most of these letters are just your email.

Thank you both very much for clarifying the difference between "cover" and "query." As I said, I still have a lot to learn.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: What is meant by "Query letters not accepted"?
« Last post by Vijaya on May 24, 2022, 11:59 AM »
I understand this to mean that you submit the PB with a cover letter introducing yourself and your PB. Good luck!

A query is more of a pitch. You are querying whether there's interest in a book you have to offer so that usually entails the letter with an outline &/or sample &/or marketing/comparable titles, etc. The details vary with each publisher.
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