Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 22, 2018

Opportunity: Writers and Illustrators

The Little Fig’s passion is publishing, and packaging multilingual children’s works that spark kid’s curiosity to explore more.

Based in the Kansas City metro area, The Little Fig focuses on creating multilingual books in varying formats to facilitate children learning in the ways that intrigue them most. We are proud to work with authors and illustrators around the world in producing high-quality picture books and products that feature equal presentations of multiple languages, vibrant illustrations, and often, title-specific music jingles. Our books are both entertaining and educational, teaching concepts, facts, and language skills.


The Little Fig is an independent publisher and packager of books for children. We focus on fiction and nonfiction picture books, early readers, and chapter books. We accept manuscripts and art samples from both agented and unagented authors and illustrators.

What we are looking for:

  • Concept books
  • Biographies
  • Nonfiction
  • Historical, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Contemporary

What we are Not looking for:

  • Romance
  • YA
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi

Please submit your work in one of the following three ways:

Email Submissions are sent to

Subject Line: Write “Submission – (Your last name) – (Title of the book or artwork)”.

Please Include the following in the body of the email (WE WILL NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS!):

  • Query Letter: Please make this short, sweet, and interesting. Keep it to three paragraphs with a total of 300 words or less. In the first paragraph, tell us the title, genre, and word count of your book. Hook us. In paragraph two, give us a brief summary of your book. Tell us what makes it special and leave us wanting more. In paragraph three tell us why you want to work with Little Fig. Do you have any other titles/projects you think we’d like to know about?
  • Author Bio: Short and sweet and please include your contact information, previous publications and/or organizations you participate in that are relevant to writing or the concept of your book.
  • Manuscript and/or Artwork: Please submit the entire manuscript and/or artwork in the body of the email. Reminder – attachments are not opened and will not be reviewed.
  • Response Time: Please allow three months for our team to review your submissions. We will personally respond to each submission received. If you have not heard from us after three months, please feel free to status query by sending an email to with the words “status query” in the subject line.

Snail Mail Submissions are sent to:
The Little Fig, LLC
P.O. Box 26073
Overland Park, KS 66225

Please do NOT send original materials.

What is the difference between publishing and packaging?

Traditional publishing – the manuscript or artwork, once accepted, is assigned to a team who completes the book in-house. The publishing house usually has the final word on cover design, title, back cover content, marketing and more. The process often takes 6 months to 2 years.

Packaging books / book producers – play an integral part in the publishing industry. Manuscripts and artworks are chosen a few ways. The Little Fig often receives a specific request from a larger publishing house to produce a book from concept to completion.  In addition, we work with authors and illustrators globally to produce print-ready books that are then marketed to large, reputable publishing houses.  Our team provides artists, authors, editors, researchers, graphic designers and more. The process from concept to print-ready is often completed within a year.


About the Founder

S. J. Bushue founded The Little Fig in 2014. Sherry was inspired by teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who had shared their concerns regarding the limited availability of books for young children who had English as a second language. Rarely were picture books available in languages like Teluga, yet the student population of Sherry’s local school district was vastly multilingual, with over 67 different languages being spoken.
Seeing this need, The Little Fig was founded to publish and package much needed picture books. Sherry named her company The Little Fig because she sees fig trees and children’s education as quite similar in their potential; each originates from a tiny seed then swiftly grows, spreading into all environments, cultures, and strata. Sherry has a passion for planting seeds of knowledge by creating children’s books that incorporate visual, auditory, and multiple language formats that will inspire and nourish children worldwide.

Multilingual works for kids
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Talk tomorrow,



  1. Do the manuscripts have to be bilingual, or does someone translate them into whatever language you desire? Thank you.


    • I don’t think you need to be bilingual.


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