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Picture Books (PB) / Re: What is meant by "Query letters not accepted"?
« Last post by dkshumaker on May 19, 2022, 03:36 PM »
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.

But I checked on the Charlesbridge website and I don't see anywhere where they state they DON'T want a letter. I would definitely check websites before sending anything, info in The Book could be out of date. On the website, they state they want things emailed, so in that email, I would briefly describe your story and why you think it's a good fit for the publisher.
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Holiday House does want query letters -- it says it right on their website. Charlesbridge seems to want your writing only.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: What is meant by "Query letters not accepted"?
« Last post by Vijaya on May 18, 2022, 04:07 PM »
That's odd. Some publishers want a cover letter + sample pages, others want just a query letter, but I've not heard of publishers wanting only pages without a cover (only some contests). So I'd take Marcia's advice and send a letter along with your PB. Good luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: CRT
« Last post by mike-irvine on May 18, 2022, 11:49 AM »
I'm just a boring heterosexual white guy and I too have gotten form responses like those.  Form responses are like owls. They don't see color.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: What is meant by "Query letters not accepted"?
« Last post by mrh on May 18, 2022, 07:53 AM »
Without having read exactly what was stated, I think they probably mean they don't want ONLY query letters, with no pages. I would include a letter with the manuscript.
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Picture Books (PB) / What is meant by "Query letters not accepted"?
« Last post by Anthony Casale on May 18, 2022, 07:08 AM »
I am a new, non-agented writer with a PB manuscript that I think is finally ready to send out. I've been combing through the list of publishers in The Book and have noticed that a few publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts also note that they don't accept query letters (e.g. Charlesbridge, Holiday House).

My question is: do I send them anything that serves a similar purpose (introduces me and/or my book), or is it literally just my manuscript and that's all?
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: 2022 Submissions for picture Books
« Last post by dkshumaker on May 18, 2022, 04:57 AM »
Agree with Debbie. Keep looking. There are certainly agents who take on PB authors who aren't also illustrators. The pbpitch website (www.pbpitch.com) has a list of picture book agents - actually, it's probably a bit outdated, I need to do some updates, but it's a good place to start. In addition, google "Monster list of picture book agents" or something like that. That list might be more up-to-date than the PBPitch one. The MSWL website (manuscript wish list) and corresponding Twitter hash tag might be helpful as well.

PBPitch is coming up on 6/9 if you are on Twitter. Agents and editors (of mostly small houses) stop by and heart pitches. They are selective, but we do get success stories every time. :-)

Best of luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: 2022 Submissions for picture Books
« Last post by Hopeful on May 18, 2022, 04:49 AM »
There are also a few publishers, like Chronicle Books, that accept unagented submissions.  You can submit your manuscript directly to them.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: 2022 Submissions for picture Books
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on May 17, 2022, 06:23 PM »
Keep looking. Keep checking back on agents you've looked at. Follow some on Twitter. Attend programs (if you can afford to), like some conferences and workshops, that may help you bypass the usual submission guidelines. 12 x 12 is a good one.

Also note that agents prefer an author to have three books ready to submit. This shows them you won't be a one-hit wonder. You can also look into small presses tht don't require an agent for submission. Good luck.
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