Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 7, 2012

Place to Submit

Educational publishers offer work-for-hire opportunities that can give new authors great experience working with an editor to deadline, learning how to write for specific age groups,which can help new author get thier foot in the book publishing industry’s door. Capstone is one of those publishers and they are keenly interested in meeting authors and illustrators.

They say, “In fact, authors and illustrators play an integral role, connecting with our young readers and often deepening the reading experience by interacting with them online. Most of our titles are conceptually developed in-house and written and illustrated by freelance writers and artists. However, we are interested in receiving writers’ manuscripts and reviewing artists’ portfolios.”

Fiction Author Submissions

Send your submission via email.  Include the following in the body of the email, not as attachments:

  • Sample chapters
  • Résumé
  • List of previous publishing credits, if applicable

They will respond only if your writing samples fit their needs.

Fiction Illustrator Submissions

Send your submission via email.  Include the following in the body of the email, not as attachments:

  • Sample Artwork
  • Résumé
  • List of previous publishing credits, if applicable

They will respond only if your art samples fit our needs.

Nonfiction Author Submissions

We accept nonfiction submissions through the U.S. mail only.  Include the following:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Up to three writing samples
  • Mail to:Editorial Director Capstone Nonfiction 1710 Roe Crest Drive North Mankato, MN 56003

Please note: manuscripts and writing samples will not be returned.  If you receive no reply from Capstone within six months, you should assume the editors are not interested.

Nonfiction Illustrator Submissions

Send your submission via email.  Include the following in the body of the email, not as attachments:

  • Sample Artwork (2-4 pieces)
  • List of   previous publishing credits, if applicable

They will respond only if your art samples fit their publishing list needs.

HINT: Submitting to educational publishers needs to be handle a little differently from your traditional publishers. If you are looking to get them interested in you writing some of those in-house ideas, then you should not pitch an individual book or project — in your cover letter, show your passions, interests and areas of expertise. Always study the publishing company to evaluate what types of books they put out and the artwork style they use. You are only wasting your time sending in something different from what they do.  http://www.capstonepub.com/

I know an author who got her first book by studying an educational publishers books. She realized that all their books in one of their series followed a certain format. She came up with an idea and made her plans for the book following how each chapter was laid out. She got a contract for that book and others since then.

Remember: Lionel Bender who is Co-Founder and Editorial Partner of UK-based book packager Bender Richardson White (BRW) creates, develops, and produces children’s illustrated nonfiction and educational materials for publishers in the UK and across North America. He will be attending the New Jersey SCBWI Conference, so if you are attending, please make plans to take advantage of this open door.  http://www.brw.co.uk/

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Thanks for this! As a nonfiction writer, I am very interested in educational publishers.

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    • Kirsten,

      My pleasure! Non-fiction can inspire children just as much as fiction, so the educational publishers are always looking for good ideas and writing. Good luck,

      Kathy

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  2. Yes, there are great consultation opportunities with Lionel, too—both 15-minute and 30-minute slots available at the NJ SCWBI June Conference. Something to consider, for sure!

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    • Donna,

      Thanks for reminding everyone about the opportunites available with Lionel.

      Kathy

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