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Targeting Your Picture Book Submission

on February 28, 2011

There are many ways to “target” the picture book market, and increase your odds of publishing a picture book. One way of targeting the market is to see if you have written a picture book which might fit into a specialized market. For example, if you have written a picture book with a Science Fiction/Fantasy theme then you might look at

Shenanigan Books

CBAY Books (They are closed to unsolicited submission at the moment, but in January Madeline Smoot had a submission call for picture books which fit the Science Fiction/Fantasy Theme.)

Another way, is to consider a story which might fit into the “health and wellness” market. Janet Scully keeps a blog entitled, “Medicine and Health” in Children’s and YA Literature which gives reviews and suggestions about YA and MG books in this topic. Some possible health and wellness markets for children’s books are:

Story Pie Press is looking for health related special interests books.

Magination Press publishes psychology based books covering a broad range of topics of concern to children. These include everyday situations, such as starting school and the growing family, as well as more serious psychological, clinical, or medical problems, such as divorce, depression, anxiety, asthma, attention disorders, bullying, death, and more.

Another possible targeted market for picture books are regional markets. These are markets which specialize in stories about specific regions. For example,

Sasquatch publishes books about the West–primarily the Pacific Northwest, Northern Canada, and Alaska.

Pineapple Press publishes books about Florida.

And there are many more picture book markets which can be found in the Children’s Writer and Illustrator’s Guidebook, published each year. So, before you send your story out, ask if the story might fit best in a  specialized market.

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