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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => The Craft of Writing => Topic started by: david-poston on March 07, 2016, 02:23 PM

Title: What publisher
Post by: david-poston on March 07, 2016, 02:23 PM
I am having an hard time trying to decide what publisher to send my PB/MG manuscript to.

Would you send it to one that has an fine distribution network or to one that would distribute the
book to libraries and schools in order to get your name out? This would be my first book.

David
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: Ree on March 07, 2016, 02:49 PM
Send it to both.

Ree
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: JulieM on March 07, 2016, 02:51 PM
My personal first priorities are a publisher to which the manuscript is really well suited, and one that is open to unsolicited submissions. Those criteria alone narrow down the options considerably. Education publishers often look for series rather than one-offs, in my experience, but maybe that is just for non-fiction, which I have most often been working on.
Best of luck.
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: david-poston on March 07, 2016, 03:16 PM
JulieM

 One would be an small press that distribute to libraries and schools and also has an state wide distribution network. The other is an big name publisher with an world wide distribution. I am not looking for frame or money but just as an way to use time.
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: dewsanddamps on March 07, 2016, 03:39 PM
David, it's so hard to get a book traditionally published, and most writers receive so many rejections along the way, that I would agree with Ree--if they're both open to unsolicited submissions, and don't require an exclusive, submit to both.

Then get cracking on the next book.  :grin3

 :goodluck 
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: DellaRF on March 07, 2016, 03:52 PM
Sometimes it's hard to take the plunge. But have faith. Once the ms is the very best it can be - it's been critiqued and rewritten so the words and story sing - then you've got to send your baby into the world.  Look through CWIM for a list of publishers or look at books similar to yours and note the publishers.  Pick your top three or four houses that are open to unsolicited submissions and that seem to publish the type of ms you've written. Send it out and see what responses you get. Good luck!
Della
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: dinalapomy101 on March 07, 2016, 04:40 PM
Hi David! What others said. I would add to target publishers whose finished books resemble what you envision for your own. Good luck!
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: Vijaya on March 07, 2016, 05:18 PM
What they all said.  :clover
Vijaya
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: christripp on March 08, 2016, 05:06 AM
David, as others have mentioned, the larger publishers don't take unagented submissions so this narrows down our submission field automatically. You can find a list of commercial and Educational publishers in "The Book" free for members to download on SCBWI site. Or, as Della said, use the annual "The Children's Writers and Illustrators Market".
 I'm not sure if by "libraries and schools" you mean an Educational publisher as opposed to a commercial/trade publisher?
Your writing may be a hobby to you but keep in mind it's a serious business to the Publishers, so even if you are just trying to keep busy, as you say, make sure you feel prepared for a lot of work if you do find a publisher interested in the manuscript. They will be having you do rewrites, make changes, expecting you to participate in social media promotion of your book.

And be careful of Vanity publishers that disguise themselves as commercial (they call it Trade) publishers and prey on new writers. The red flags are easy to spot once you know what your looking for!
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: lauriew on March 08, 2016, 05:16 AM
I'd actually disagree with some of the advice given above. Books for the trade market (booksellers) and ones for the school/library market are often very different, even though trade books can also be sold to schools and libraries. Take a look at published books of both types to see which is a better match for your book. Oh, one other thing. It may be a typo, but books are either picture books or middle grades, not both. Good luck. Laurie
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: Dionna on March 08, 2016, 05:17 AM
What others said, for sure. And I would add, send it where your book would sit well within their catalog.
Title: Re: What publisher
Post by: christripp on March 10, 2016, 03:41 AM
>Oh, one other thing. It may be a typo, but books are either picture books or middle grades, not both<

Good catch Laurie, I totally missed that. David, is there a reason you described your manuscript as PB/MG? Is it a Graphic Novel perhaps?