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I am wanting to submit a nonfiction series query to Enslow.

Does anyone have any experience with them? I have reviewed their titles and I think my proposal will fit right in with them. Their  website says query them. Should I just include a query them an outline of the titles I am suggesting? Do all of the stories need to be complete before I query them?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Sharon
#1 - March 30, 2013, 04:25 PM
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Hi Sharon,
I don't have experience with Enslow, but seeing as no-one else has answered yet...
I have worked with a few nf publishers, and I have sent them proposals with an outline of the titles I am suggesting, and an offer to send them the ms for the first book on request. (I haven't had all stories completed when I have queried.)
Best of luck!
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Yes, you don't need to have ALL the books written! Have a sample ready.
#3 - April 01, 2013, 09:43 PM
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What they said. Have one sample ready and a list for the series.
You might want to ask this on the NF4Kids yahoo listserv -- I remember several members had worked with Enslow and they will be able to tell you more about working with them.

Good luck,
Vijaya
#4 - April 02, 2013, 07:31 AM
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As a writer, my experience is only with adult nonfiction, but typically nonfiction is sold on the basis of a proposal, not on a complete ms.

I can't speak for Enslow's specific preferences, but as a former children's book staff editor, I can tell you that I'd want to see a complete outline for the first book -- with all of the typical proposal sections: Marketing, Author Bio, Competition, Chapter Summaries, etc. -- along with a sample chapter, so I could get a feel for your particular approach and voice.

As for the series, I'd just want to see your proposed titles (assuming they'll reflect the specific content of each subsequent book). Their content isn't nearly so critical at this point; at this point, you're just wanting to sell the publisher on the fact that your first book has a clear market, interesting and logical content, and that you're the person to write it. Because unless you've got a track record, a publisher will want to see how the first book goes before committing to any follow-up books. (I've seen some wonderful ideas for series die after the first book failed to find a readership.)

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#5 - April 02, 2013, 07:58 AM
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You might also try Laura Purdie Salas's book, "Writing Children's Nonfiction Books for the Educational Market." Chapter 11 is about proposals, and includes samples.

Good luck!

Kirsten W. Larson
#6 - April 02, 2013, 11:33 AM
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Here's an excellent link for proposals: http://www.fullcircleliterary.com/Nonfiction_Book_Proposal.pdf

Good luck. V.
#7 - April 02, 2013, 01:42 PM
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 :wow Such GREAT advice, books and links!

Thank you everyone. I knew I could count on BB'ers to steer me where I could get some great learning tools!

Sharon
#8 - April 03, 2013, 11:32 AM
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