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Title: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: feecaro on April 22, 2011, 07:35 PM
Hi All,

Last year I sent a query to Calliope and received a very nice rejection letter saying that it was an interesting proposal but they couldn't use it.  Since then I've subbed to a couple of the other Carus magazines (Appleseeds and Cobblestone) and am still waiting to hear yay or nay.  In the meantime, I'm preparing something new to send to Calliope for a different issue.  The Carus group standard query package includes a writing sample IF you have never been published in one of their magazines before.  My question is-- is it bad form to keep sending the same writing sample?  I am fairly new to non-fiction writing for kids and I've had only two NF pieces accepted at other magazines.  I figure it's better for Calliope to see an accepted piece when they're considering my proposals, but it feels terribly gauche to keep sending the same one (or two) writing samples.  Thoughts?  Advice? Suggestions?  THANKS!

Carolyn
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: mal on April 23, 2011, 06:34 AM
Hi, Carolyn-

I wouldn't worry at all about sending the same writing sample, because truthfully, the editor receives so many that she isn't going to remember that it's the same one, especially a year later!

Just an FYI...neither Appleseeds nor Cobblestone will let you know if they do not use your query. Because we get so many, we've stopped acknowledging unused queries. So you'll only hear if it's a "yes."

-Marcia
(assistant editor for the six Cobblestone magazines)
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: feecaro on April 23, 2011, 07:56 PM
Hi Marcia,
Thank you so much for your reply!  Glad to know that I can reuse writing samples.  And thank you, too, for reminding me about the query policy at Cobblestone and Appleseeds.  I read on the Appleseeds Submission guidelines page that assignments are made one month before manuscripts are due.  If you don't mind my asking, what is the typical publication timetable for Appleseeds?  In other words, how far in advance of the publication date are manuscripts due?

Many thanks for helping me understand the process!

Carolyn
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: mal on April 25, 2011, 05:55 AM
Hi, Carolyn!

Let's see...we're just now receiving the manuscripts for Appleseeds' Who Did What in Colonial Times, and that's our September 2011 issue, so about five months from getting the manuscripts to pub date. Then the magazine is designed and goes to the printer about three months before the publication month. of course, this all depends on the magazine and the editor...the Calliope and Dig editors works much further ahead, and she's assigning articles for spring 2012 issues about now.

-Marcia
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: feecaro on April 25, 2011, 05:54 PM
Thanks, Marcia, that's very helpful info!

Carolyn
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: Judith on July 31, 2011, 11:57 PM
I have different questions to ask about Carus publications.  Do fiction or non-fiction articles have a better chance of being published in these magazines?  Does it help to send photos with non-fiction?
Anyone have experience with this?
Thanks,
Judith
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: mal on August 01, 2011, 05:41 AM
I can only speak for the Cobblestone magazines (Appleseeds, Calliope, Cobblestone, Dig, Faces, and Odyssey) in the Carus group, and definitely nonfiction has the best chance as they use very little fiction. Be sure to check the theme lists for upcoming issues. Photos are helpful but not usually a deal-maker.

-Marcia
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: Judith on August 20, 2011, 09:08 PM
Thanks, Marcia, I'll share that with other interested magazine writers.
Judith
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: Julia K. on August 21, 2011, 06:32 AM
I've only illustrated for Carus- but back to the writing sample- I would write new ones- chance to polish up your skills and you might hit on something that does spark their interest- Editors are looking for "New" all the time.  You can state your publishing credits in your cover letter.
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: cee on December 17, 2011, 12:49 PM
What is the consensus on sending the completed article as the "writing sample"?

Thanks!
Cee
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: anita on December 17, 2011, 01:25 PM
Wasn't Carus recently purchased by a digital publisher? I don't know if/how that will affect submissions, but if you are subbing, you might want to double-check their website and see if anything has changed.

anita
Title: Re: Submission to Carus Publishing Question
Post by: mal on December 19, 2011, 12:03 PM
Nothing about the submission process or the magazines has changed.

-Marcia