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Just to let you all know, the 2015 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market is out. Disclosure: I worked on it this past year as a contributing editor, helping them with listings and overall approach (I pushed for more content for illustrators). But I've been recommending it for years on my own.

If you aren't familiar with it, CWIM, as it's called, lists book publishers, magazines, agents, and conferences, and includes some articles with basic information every year, plus a selection of new articles on current topics. It's a good resource, if I say so myself. It does cover much of the same ground as the market guides the SCBWI includes in "The Book" but set up somewhat differently. I'd recommend using both if you can!

I wrote up some more information about CWIM in this page on my site:

2015 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market

Please post feedback or questions! They have already started working on the 2016 edition...
#1 - November 18, 2014, 07:28 PM
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In the 2015 edition of the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, I understand the book contains what publishers are seeking. But I was wondering do they specifically name each of the editors at the publisher on what the genres they want. As for me, I write chapter books and I would want to know the names of the editors who want chapter books, not just the publisher. Does anyone know if the book names them? Thanks!
#2 - January 17, 2015, 11:43 AM

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I never saw this type of detail in any of the editions - not even the 2015.

I tend to adhere to the excellent article Harold Underdown (a member here on the Blueboards) wrote entitled "Editors' Names on Manuscript Submissions: Required or Not Necessary?".

Here's that link: http://www.underdown.org/editors-names.htm

If you meet an editor in person at a conference or have received correspondence from one or if you know specifics about the types of books a particular editor enjoys (via blogs, interviews, etc...), use that name and send your materials directly to that person. Otherwise, I suspect with all the changes in publishing it is safer to just submit to "Submissions Editor". 

Am I right everyone?
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#3 - January 17, 2015, 11:59 AM

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None of the previous CBWI Markets had that level of information. I do know that some of the publishers listed in The Book for SCBWI members has some editors by genre but not all.

If you want to see what editors are purchasing and working on, the best place, IMO is Publisher's Lunch which lists current sales of what to whom.
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Cynthia Rizzo sent me a question by email, and said it was OK if I posted it here and answered, so here goes:

"I understand the book contains what publishers are seeking. But I was wondering do they specifically name each of the editors at the publisher on what the genres they want? As for me, I write chapter books and I would want to know the names of the editors who want chapter books, not just the publisher. Does the book name them?"

The short answer to that question is "no," but the longer answer is that that may be the wrong question to ask. Here's why: Like other market guides, including the SCBWI one, CWIM does give editors' names (when the publisher provides them), and information about what the publisher is producing. In some cases the publisher provides more detail about what editors do. But publishers generally do not go beyond very general categories in describing their output. They will say that they publish "fiction and picture books," for example--and "chapter books" as a category would be part of fiction. Chapters books is generally not broken out separately.

Also, very few editors edit only chapter books. At most publishers, someone editing fiction will be editing chapter books, middle grade novels, and possibly YA as well.

So, if you limit your chapter book submissions to editors you can identify as editors of chapter books, some of whom you can probably find via online research, you will end up reaching only a handful of the editors who work on chapter books. Instead, if I were you, I'd use CWIM and SCBWI guide and any other resources to identify the publishers who are publishing fiction, and then use publisher's catalogs to narrow down my list to those who are publishing chapter books (which will probably be most of them). At those publishers, you won't need to target a specific editor, and doing so might reduce your chances.

I hope that makes sense. You can do a similar sifting with agents, if you want to target agents open to chapter books. Start with any agent who reps fiction, excluding only those who limit themselves to YA...
#5 - January 18, 2015, 02:15 PM
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Marissa, thank you for merging the threads! I must not have seen the question, and then Cynthia sent it to my by email.

And Marianna's comment and pointer to that article on my site is a good addition!

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#6 - January 21, 2015, 04:59 PM
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Thank you for the responses!
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