Publishing a book is a serious, challenging process. In order for your vision to be well-represented and for a good collaboration with your publisher, there a few things you need to analyse before submitting your manuscript.
Firstly and most importantly, you need to determine the age range of your audience. Is your manuscript for toddlers, mid-grade children or young adults? Some publishers have a better understanding of one sector of the market than the other. Do you need a publisher that cand also offer illustration services or is your book picture free? After having determined who is your book destined for, you should now figure out the genre of your children’s book. Is it fiction, non-fiction, nature, concept, religious, adventure, history, contemporary, humor, folktale or educational? It doesn’t just have to be one type; genres can be combined resulting multiple possiblities, such as a non-fiction history book or a fiction adventure book.
Now that you have a clear image of what type of manuscript you have, it’s time to search for the publishers who print what you have to offer. The worst thing you can do is randomly call publishing houses, without a clear picture of what they publish. It will be a waste of time and money. You must hunt for publishers that WANT book. Look at the books each publisher has released. Are they anything like yours? Do you think they publish quality books? If the answer is yes, go find some of these books and READ them. It might seem like a lot of trouble just for finding the right publisher, but you know what? Good things don’t come easily. You MUST read the publishers’ books to know the flavor and style of the publishing house.
When you have the publishers list in front of you, it’s time to prepare your submission. Make sure your manuscript has no grammar faults, number your pages, use a readable font and print it on high quality-paper. If you want to be taken seriously, your sumission has to be very professional. Write a descriptive statement for your book and include in your cover letter. The letter does not replace the manuscript, but it can arouse the editor’s interest in reading it.
In a perfect world, you might think that if you write well, you will be sure to succed. The truth is that smart marketing will make the difference between a wannabe writer and a published author. Don’t just chose a publisher, chose THE RIGHT PUBLISHER for your book.