Regretfully, Crabtree Publishing does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. If you have written a children’s book and would like to find a publisher, here are some helpful tips on getting started.
Find a book in the library called the Literary Market Place (LMP.) This directory lists publishers across North America and gives a brief summary of the kinds of books each company publishes and whether they accept manuscripts. Generally, you can either send book manuscripts directly to publishers for consideration or use a literary agent who will present your manuscript for you. Using an agent means that you must pay a fee for their service. It can, however, be an effective way to get your manuscript read because an agent already has established relationships with certain publishers who may not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
You can also contact the following organizations to get further information on how to get published, which publishers would be interested in receiving manuscripts, how to get a copyright, and the costs of getting published.
For children's books:
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators produces a publication called "From keyboard to printed page... Facts you need to know." It covers the basic steps for preparing and submitting a manuscript and descriptions of various book genres. It is available free on their website.www.scbwi.org
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
8271 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel: (323) 782-1010
Fax: (323) 782-1892
Web site: www.scbwi.org
For children's books:
The Canadian Children's Book Centre produces a kit called "Get Published! The Writing for Children Kit" ($18.95 plus shipping and applicable taxes), which gives practical advice about writing and illustrating children's books and lists those publishers currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts in Canada.
The Canadian Children's Book Centre
40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 217
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
Tel: (416) 975-0010 | Fax: (416) 975-8970
Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)
720 Bathurst St., Suite 5004
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
Phone: (416) 515-1559