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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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Thank you to all who have responded so far. I am still very new at all this, so I appreciate all of the information you're all willing to share with a noob like me!

Here's a related follow-up question: I'm looking at Chronicle Books, and under their Children's Submission guidelines (specifically, the sub-heading "What to Include in Your Proposal"), it says:

"Books for younger children may be submitted in their entirety without querying first. Projects for older children—such as chapter books or YA novels—should be submitted by query letter, synopsis, and three (3) sample chapters."

Since my MS is a picture book, am I to understand that "Books for younger children may be submitted in their entirety without querying first" means that they only want the MS, with no other introductory language from me? Or do I still need to provide cover letter-type verbiage in the body of the email (as opposed to an attached formal cover/query letter)?

BTW Their full submissions page is located here: https://www.chroniclebooks.com/pages/submissions
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by lisa-rose1 on May 20, 2022, 12:57 PM »
Nope, not me.  :huh
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by emily-holewczynski on May 20, 2022, 12:23 PM »
NO and I am dying!!! No rejection, no acceptance, no nothing. Anyone else?!
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by samantha-cassetta on May 19, 2022, 07:11 PM »
Has anyone else received either rejections or acceptances since the round that went out in late April/early May?
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