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I have a few poems I want to send to BABYBUG.  Their guidelines say I can send up to 6 at one time.  They don't mention writing a cover letter or anything, but I am guessing I probably should.  Should I just write one cover letter and describe each poem in a separate paragraph?  And, if so, can someone give me some help on how to talk up a poem that's only ten words? haha  I feel like Brian Regan when he is making fun of the back cover synopsis of board books.  Anyone heard that one?

Thank you!
#1 - June 01, 2012, 07:18 PM
THE THREE RULES OF EVERYDAY MAGIC (Boyds Mills Press, Fall 2018)

Others may disagree, but I tend to be pretty minimal in my cover letter, as you will see below. Oh, and you should always write a cover letter.

When I send poems to magazines, I actually don't really say anything about them in the cover letter other than the title. The exception is if it is a special form (a concrete poem or an "action" poem) or I'm focusing on a need they have (ex., I sold a poem to Highlights after reading here they were looking for more "boy" poem; my cover letter said it would appeal to boys, but to girls as well). If I have multiple poems, I list the titles in the cover letter, then attach them on separate sheets of paper.

As I said, I'm a minimalist. Here's was the cover letter I sent that resulted in a sale to Cricket a few years ago (note that I now include my SCBWI membership as well as a very brief list of my other sales).

Dear Editor:

Enclosed, please find my poem, Much More than a Nose, for your consideration for publication.

I have enclosed a SASE for your convenience. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
etc, etc.
#2 - June 01, 2012, 09:43 PM
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Yes, I'd definitely include a cover letter.  Like Jeanne, I don't don't describe my poems, other than to mention their titles and maybe word counts.  Here's the first paragraph of one of my cover letters:

"Thank you for taking the time to review my submission.  I have enclosed three rhyming poems for your consideration: Caramel Apples, Doggy Dental Care, and Piano Music.  I selected your magazine because..."

My second paragraph summarizes my publishing credits, and I end with something like, "I appreciate your consideration of my work, and I look forward to hearing from you."

Best of luck with your submissions!

Laura :)
#3 - June 01, 2012, 10:41 PM
AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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Laura and I, burning the midnight oil.
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#4 - June 01, 2012, 10:58 PM
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That's right, baby!
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#5 - June 01, 2012, 11:41 PM
AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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What Jeanne and Laura said.

The only time I write anything more is when I am envisioning a specific activity or illustration to go with the poem. For example, I sent in one poem to High Five that I thought could accompany a matching activity, so I mentioned that in the cover letter.

AmandaSue, I just wrote a Sample Issue Overview of Babybug for Evelyn Christensen's e-zine, here: http://evelynchristensen.com/mags.html
#6 - June 02, 2012, 04:47 AM
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Great Babybug overview, Carrie!  :yup
#7 - June 02, 2012, 03:08 PM
AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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Yes Thanks Carrie!  It was perfect!
#8 - June 02, 2012, 04:38 PM
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Thanks, Laura!

I'm glad the overview was helpful, AmandaSue.
#9 - June 02, 2012, 05:48 PM
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Great overview, Carrie! Thanks!
#10 - June 06, 2012, 12:28 PM

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Hi, Carrie--your overview was great, and it inspired me to send off a poem to Babybug!  Thanks!
#11 - June 06, 2012, 08:50 PM

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That was very helpful, Carrie. Thanks.
#12 - June 07, 2012, 04:16 AM

Agree. Thanks Carrie. That review was helpful.
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Thanks! I'm glad people found it helpful.
#14 - June 07, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Hi Carrie,

What an excellent and most helpful overview. Thank you!
#15 - June 07, 2012, 01:18 PM
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