Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and their educational needs. We help children and teens think for themselves, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world.
F.S.P. care about young people and the issues and challenges they face every day. Our line of materials includes early childhood books on social skills and positive behavior, Self-Help for Kids®, Self-Help for Teens®, parenting resources, and teaching resources for educators. Our titles inform, engage, and inspire children, teens, and the adults who live and work with them.
The People at Free Spirit Publishing are LOOKING FOR STRONG NONFICTION PROPOSALS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
TEACHING: Practical, jargon-free materials for educators, counselors, and youth workers that focus on positive youth development, creative teaching strategies, and a wide range of social and emotional needs.
LEARNING DIFFERENCES: Books on academic, social, and emotional development for kids with learning differences, as well as resources for parents, educators, and other adults who live and work with them.
GIFTED & TALENTED: Books on academic, social, and emotional development for gifted kids of all ages, as well as resources for parents, educators, and other adults who live and work with them.
EARLY CHILDHOOD: Board books for infant to age 4 and picture books for ages 4 to 8 that focus on social skills and getting along, early learning, self-esteem, and other topics related to positive early childhood development. We will also consider fiction that relates directly to these areas of focus.
SELF-HELP FOR KIDS®: Titles for ages 8 to 13 on school success, social skills, bullying prevention, character development, conflict resolution, service learning, self-esteem, and other topics related to positive social and emotional health. We will also consider fiction that relates directly to these areas of focus.
SELF-HELP FOR TEENS®: Titles for ages 13 and up on life skills, conflict resolution, school success, positive decision making, family issues, character development, social action and civics education, and other topics related to positive social and emotional health.
PARENTING: Practical, pro-kid books for parents on specific issues related to youth development. We do not publish general parenting titles.
DO NOT submit the following:
- General fiction or storybooks
- Books with animals or mythical characters
- Material with religious or New Age content
- Single biographies, autobiographies, or memoirs
- Self-help for adults
Submitting a Proposal
Proposals must be sent by mail. We do not accept faxed or emailed submissions. Only proposals with the following elements will be considered for publication:
- A cover letter briefly outlining your project, the intended audience (including age ranges), and your relevant expertise
- A current résumé
- A market analysis with a comprehensive list of similar titles and a detailed explanation of how your project differs from available products
- A detailed chapter-by-chapter outline
- At least two sample chapters (if a full manuscript is available, you may send it) Note: For early childhood submissions, the entire text is required for evaluation. Bracketed art suggestions are appreciated, though illustration samples should not be sent unless professionally competent.
- A description of your personal promotion plan for the proposed book (including both in-person and social media outreach)
DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. Include an email address where we can reach you. For return of your materials, include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.
SEND PROPOSALS TO:
Free Spirit Publishing Attn: Acquisitions 217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401-1299