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Title: Querying Easy Readers
Post by: kathryn-howes on March 05, 2014, 09:08 AM
I'm finding that what I thought was going to be a picture book would better suit an easy reader/easy reader series format.  (About 1200 word, short sentences, youthful and dynamic character, moves quickly, would benefit from some illustrations).   Would anyone be able to tell me how to best query with an easy reader proposal?  Most agents I'm seeing ask for full manuscript for PB, first x pages for chapter book.  Where does early/easy reader fall in that?  Should I mention in query I have multiple books of a series or get them hooked with the 1st one? Anyone know of agents/publishers actively seeking this type of book?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Querying Easy Readers
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 10, 2014, 09:02 AM
Many agents don't take easy readers. They are often developed in house or by packagers. You may have to go directly to publishers. You query the first book but mention it has series potential.

Grossett and Dunlop may take easy readers.

Sorry I can't be of more help.
Title: Re: Querying Easy Readers
Post by: kathryn-howes on March 10, 2014, 10:40 AM
Thanks, Debbie.  I appreciate your input!
Title: Re: Querying Easy Readers
Post by: Stacy McAnulty on April 14, 2014, 01:35 PM
If you're an author/illustrator the easy reader market is easier to break into than if you are just the author. If I was querying with an easy reader I'd do the same thing that is required for a picture book, but I'd call it an easy reader. (For example: Pasted below is my complete easy reader manuscript.) I'd also think you'd want 2 or 3 other manuscripts ready to go (either PBs or ERs).
Title: Re: Querying Easy Readers
Post by: kwlarson on April 14, 2014, 04:49 PM
I know Bonnie Bader at Penguin Young Readers group was seeking beginning readers a couple of years back, but I don't know the current status. At that time (summer 2012), she was particularly interested in nonfiction and the earliest leveled readers, but I don't know what the current status is.

I didn't have any luck, but hopefully someone else will!

Title: Re: Querying Easy Readers
Post by: KelliKM on April 22, 2014, 05:19 PM
Hi Kathryn. I too have Easy Readers and am shopping around for representation. I've only emailed a couple agents so far and have submitted my query & pasted the full MS in the body of the email.

As for who to send to, you should check out QueryTracker. You can search by genre, etc. to find a working list of agents/agencies. You'll still have to sift through the list and research each one but it's a great starting point.

For example in my search I came across Sean McCarthy Literary Agency (NY). Their website didn't differentiate between ER & PB but they have a contact form so I asked. He said, "I do differentiate between picture books and other illustrated books for children. I accept Easy Reader/Chapter Book submissions as well."

Good luck! Feel free to share any tips/insights you learn too!  :draft:

Title: Re: Querying Easy Readers
Post by: tiggerandbug on April 22, 2014, 07:43 PM
Good question as I've wondered myself about one of my manuscripts. :) This board is so helpful!!