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[*] posted on 9/30/2009 at 01:09 PM

I have several stories written for the children's illustrated storybook genre. They are a series and I am very comfortable with their quality. I am also an illustrator. My question is: what is the best strategy for submitting?

1. Should I submit just the writing, one story at a time?

2. Should I submit the writing package as a series?

3. Should I submit writing and illustrations together? Maybe with a dummy?

I would like to consider agents first. But I would also happily entertain going directly to a publisher. I am not interested in self-publishing at this time.


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[*] posted on 9/30/2009 at 03:21 PM

I'm afraid I don't know anything about submitting with or without illustrations. Perhaps submission guidelines for individual presses may tell more about that. If you are a professional illustrator, they may be interested, but I would think many publishing houses have their own 'stable' of illustrators.

If the children's market is anything like the rest, you should not submit them as a series. Books should be stand-alone: complete and effective within themselves. If the first story doesn't do well, the rest of the series won't get published.

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[*] posted on 8/4/2010 at 09:16 PM

The first thing to do would be keyword research to see if there's a market for what you have to offer. To blindly work on a publishing project without an idea of your target audience is a recipe for disaster (and a lot of money out of pocket).

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