Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 31, 2010

Don’t Forget the Small Publishers

Reminder, today is the last day to try your hand at the editor/agent baby match.  Haven’t had anyone try. Come on, it isn’t that hard.

The Red Deer Press publishing program produces quality picture books, junior, juvenile, YA fiction and non-fiction, and adult non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, travel and biographical titles. We have a national focus and address the growing need for cultural diversity.

This is a Canadian publisher that focuses on Candian authors, but I talked with the publisher Richard Dionne and he said they do make exceptions.  If you live in Canada and haven’t submitted something, you probably should consider this avenuse to publication.

Here are the submission guidelines:
Children’s Manuscripts 

Red Deer Press is looking for quality writing for children across the ages, from picture books to young adult fiction and non-fiction. Currently we have less interest in picture book manuscripts, and are focusing more on middle grade and young adult fiction.Submissions may be made by email or through regular mail. Please send only one manuscript at a time. Manuscripts should be legibly typed, double-spaced, with the author’s name and contact information clearly indicated on the cover page. Submissions should always include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage to return the manuscript or a reply.

For picture books submit entire text, no query letter. No original art will be accepted.

For fiction, submit query letter – or three sample chapters.

For non-fiction, submit query letter, or sample chapter with outline.

Multiple submissions are acceptable but will not receive priority.

Please allow four to six months for response.
Art Guidelines:

Send samples along with an illustrator bio and a website address, if available.

CDs are acceptable but not preferred.

Please do not email or fax samples.

Please do not send original art, hand-bound books or other bulky submissions or anything that needs to be returned.

All submissions should be sent to:
Peter Carver (Children’s Editor)
Red Deer Press
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario
L3R 4T8


Adult Manuscripts

For fiction and non-fiction, please submit queries with samples and/or overviews, 
Red Deer Press
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario
L3R 4T8

Yesterday, I tried all day to find someone at Lee and Low to answer my question on who they consider a person of color.  Maybe they are on vacation, but I could not make contact with a live person.  I have the question out to some agents and will report the answer as soon as I get one.


  1. Hi Kathy, I’ll get the baby ball rolling with my guess.
    A1, B4, C2, D5, E7, F3, G10, H9, I8, J6. I came in 3rd place at the conference. My long term memory is quite dull so it is totally fair.
    See you at the retreat.


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