Querying & Submitting

Question markReady to submit, but not sure where to send your work? Time to do your research. Check out these resources.


Relevant Posts on This Site
Sending Out Submissions by Heather Fenton
How to Format a Manuscript by Jen Malone
What I Learned in an Agent’s Inbox by Jen Malone
How Many Queries Does It Take to Get an Agent? by Kris Asselin
The Perfect Pitch by Dana Nuenighoff

Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
 By Chuck Sambuchino. Offered by Writers Digest. Includes market lists, plus agent interviews and sample queries. Updated annually.
Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2017

THE BOOK: The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children
Offered by The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). PDF download included with paid membership. Over 300 pages with just about everything you need to know, including publishers, small presses, agents. Updated annually.

Agent Query
Offers the largest, most current searchable database of reputable, established literary agents in all genres, as well as query-writing advice, online networking with other writers, and many other resources.

Another database for researching reputable literary agents and editors in all genres, as well as tracking your own submissions, plus online networking with other writers and an informative blog.

Query Shark
This blogger’s tagline is “How To Write Query Letters … or, really, how to revise query letters so they actually work.” Readers submit queries, which are selected for critique by Query Shark. Archives give many examples of what works, what does not, and why, in queries.

Literary Rambles
“Spotlighting Children’s Book Authors, Agents, and Publishing” Great resource for researching agents. Agent spotlights, links to helpful resources, and more.

Manuscript Wish List (#MSWL)
Some agents and editors use this Twitter hashtag to tweet about subjects or genres they are specifically looking for; this can be a good snapshot of what’s “hot” among editors at the moment. Watch for MSWL tweet parties—specific days when many agents and editors tweet at the same time.
Compilation here: Manuscript Wish List

Preditors & Editors
A site dedicated to warning writers, artists, and others about less-than-reputable agencies, publishers, contests, etc. Includes many positive resources as well.

Writer Beware
The public face of SFWA’s committee on writing scams, and another good resource for avoiding problems.

Renaissance Learning / Accelerated Reader
If you’re researching the kidlit market, this site has info on hundreds of titles – publishing history, genre, word count, page count, awards, author, language, level, interest level, book level, type of book (fiction or nonfiction). The post How to Research Comps Using AR Book Finder has advice on using this site.

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