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May 2, 2016

Manuscripts wanted: Lerner

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Call for SubmissionsLerner editor Amy Fitzgerald is accepting proposals for top-notch middle grade manuscripts through the month of May.  She is looking for:

Manuscripts that are funny and/or heart wrenching.  The best will be both.

Manuscripts that transcend time either because they are historic but relevent today or contemporary but with solid roots.

Manuscripts that represent underrepresented facets of American life.  This doesn’t mean that she will turn down your middle class white character but this story will have to shine to impress her.

As always be sure to find out as much as you can before you submit.  Good Amy’s name and see what else she likes.  Read her books.  Check out the company website.  Educate yourself.  If you have something that you still think is a good fit, check out the full blog post here for information on how to submit.



March 24, 2016

New Editorial Director at Sky Pony Press

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Bethany Buck, who  has worked at both Scholastic and Simon and Schuster, joins Sky Pony Press as their new Editorial Directory.

Sky Pony, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, produces children’s books including picture books to middle grade and young adult.  One area of success has been their books for Minecraft lovers.  They currently have a backlist of 350 titles and the plan is to release between 100-150 titles in the next year.

In a press release, Buck said, “I could not be more thrilled to be joining a house with such a dynamic team, and smart, innovative publishing. I look forward to creating more books for this already stellar list.”

Sky Pony accepts submissions and has this to say about what they are seeking:

“We will consider picture books, early readers, midgrade novels, novelties, and informational books for all ages. Although we are not searching for YA fiction in particular, we would consider projects that tied in with the subject areas in which we are publishing. We are mainly publishing single titles but are open to series ideas.

“Our parent company publishes many excellent books in the fields of ecology, independent living, farm living, wilderness living, recycling, and other green topics, and this will be a theme in our children’s book line. We are also searching for books that have strong educational themes and that help inform children of the world in which they live. We are also interested in books with special needs themes, such as autism, ADHD, food allergies, and so forth.”

For more information about Sky Pony, including the e-mail address for submissions, check out their site.



February 8, 2016

News from the Bent Agency

News Bent AgencyJust a quick heads up!   Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency will be closed to new submissions for several months beginning on Monday, February 8, 2016.  So many good things have happened lately for his clients that he has been busy negotiating etc.  and not responding to queries.  This closure will give him time to catch up.
Brooks will announce on the agency blog when he reopens so check every so often.
The good news is that the agency as a whole is not closed to submissions.  If you are interested in another agent, check out their posts.  The only other agent that I spotted that was closed is Jenny Bent and she is making acceptions (see below).
On January 31, the other Bent agents put out their monthly wish list and here is what they hope to see:
  • Susan Hawk:  A contemporary YA with female main character passionate about STEM (science, math, engineering.)
  • Victoria Lowes:  Literary novel set in small US town during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Beth Phelan: YA contemporary or magical realism.  Big, oddball family with siblings that are close. Offbeat, fun and heartwarming. Could be dark.  Bonus points if lyrical and “you play with narrative structure.”

Good luck if you have a manuscript that fits on of these descriptions.


February 4, 2016

Manuscripts Wanted by Cricket Media

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Call for SubmissionsDid you know that Cricket Media posts manuscript calls with deadlines?  I didn’t have a clue until a friend forwarded a call from Ladybug to me.  What can I say?  On a good day, I learn something new.  There are only two deadlines for their various magazines at the moment and you’ll have to get moving to catch the first one.  But it is doable if you have a piece ready to go — you send your work in via Submittable so it is more-or-less instantaneous.

Cicada call for submission: Visions of the Future

Deadline: February 7, 2016

“The future. Things could get worse.* Or better. Or maybe just different and more deeply weird. Cicada YA lit/comics mag wants sci-fi adventures, utopian schemes, and dystopian thought experiments. Also: tell us how you would change your school, your community, social structures. Especially welcome: works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folks, genderqueer folks, and other marginalized peoples. Submit poetry, fiction, nonfic, comics pitches, and blueprints for your Mars base.

“* Worst case scenarios we’re secretly pumped about: Zombie hordes. Space pirates. Internet brain chips (or like…eyeball implants???). Robot overlords. Ape overlords. Alien overlords. Teen lit mag overlords (HEY, IT COULD HAPPEN).”


Ladybug call for submission:  Adventure 

Deadline: March 23, 2016

“Ladybug is looking for remarkable tales to thrill very young children. For this audience, an exciting story could explore an experience as common as starting out at a new childcare center or as wild as setting sail in a magical ship. Wherever your sense of adventure takes you, we are interested in simple yet strong plots, memorable characters, lively language, and humor.”

Check out the complete guidelines for these two magazines and the other magazines in the group here and, as always, good luck!



December 9, 2015

Manuscripts Wanted: Might Media Press

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Call for SubmissionsAre you looking for a publisher that takes an active part in publicity?  No, I’m not teasing.

Sammy Bosch, Director of Marketing & Publicity at Mighty Media Pres, had this to say when interviewed by Carrie of Carrie On . . . Together! “The marketing team at MMP schedules a book launch tour for every author, and continues to book tours for each author in subsequent seasons. We also plan out year-long promotion opportunities for each book—collaborative book trailers, partnering with organizations, social media promotions (e.g., giveaways, Twitter chats with authors, news reveals, etc.), the use of new technology to promote a title, blog tours, holiday promotions, special swag and event kits for key titles, and much, much more! We schedule interviews, guest blogs, and media hype for each author as well.”

Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it?  The bad news is that Might Media Press only reads manuscripts during their open reading period.  The good news is that period is NOW (from October 1 to April 30).

Mighty Media Press wants books that meet these four mission criteria:  The book must ignite the child reader’s Curiosity (1), Imagination (2), Social Awareness (3) and Sense of Adventure (4).

If your manuscript meets these criteria and you’d like to work with a publisher that takes an active roll in publicity, check out the submissions guidelines here.



November 2, 2015

Markets: Fun for Kids

Call for SubmissionsI’ve yet to break into the Fun for Kids magazine group but there is always hope especially now that the 2016 themes are listed on their site. If you aren’t familiar with this magazine group there are three magazines — Hopscotch for girls, Boys’ Quest for boys, and activity-driven Fun for Kids.  This publisher only wants nonfiction which is amazing news for some of us.  Here are the new theme lists:

Babies and Babysitting  Feb 2016
Frogs, Toads, Salamanders  April 2016
Ice Cream  June 2016
Mysteries  August 2016
Friends  October 2016
Castles and Princesses Dec. 2016

Boys’ Quest:
Weird and Wacky  Feb 2016
Communication  April 2016
Summertime June 2016
Birds August 2016
Wheels  October 2016
Unique Careers  Dec. 2016

Fun for Kids:
Music   Jan. 2016
Fun with Food  Mar 2016
Wild Animals  May  2016
Water  July 2016
Fall Fun   Sept. 2016
Family   Nov. 2016

You’ll find complete guidelines on the Fun for Kidz site and when you pop over there, double check the theme list.  One of the things that I like best about this magazine group is that they delete themes from the list as the issue fills up.

Which themes are you going to try?  I’m tempted to try Castles and Princesses although I know that if they want the traditional princess, I’m going to be way off base!




October 9, 2015

Markets: Carus publications seeking manuscripts

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Call for SubmissionsGood news!  The editors of Cricket and Spider are looking for manuscripts dealing with the theme “Knights and Castles.”
Both magazines need stories, poetry, and nonfiction.  Stories can be traditional, with everyone filling their medieval roles, or you can give it a modern twist.  Even a science fiction story could work.  Don’t be afraid to explore other cultures or use humor.
But, perhaps most importantly, don’t dawdle.  The deadline is October 26, 2015.
Read the details on what they want and how to submit here.  But, most of all?  Good luck!

September 2, 2015

What Editors and Agents Want

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Recently, I read a post by agent Scott Eagan on why some agents and editors are reluctant to tell writers what they want.  At conferences, they give vague answers about voice and character.

They do this because they don’t want 100 conference participants to go home and write a contemporary YA or steampunk simply because that’s what one editor mentioned.  They don’t want you crafting humorous middle grade or a nonfiction picture book about pill bugs because that’s what an agent mentioned.  They want you to write what moves you. Then they want you to find the agent or editor that is a good match.

How do you do this?  It isn’t as hard as you might think.

  • Publisher/Agency site.  First things first, check out the BIG SITE.  See what they publish/represent.  If this looks like a good match, check out the individual.  Agents often list favorite books and/or sales on the agency site.  If not . . .
  • Google.  Before you submit to an agent or editor, google their name.  If they have a blog or a site, check it out.  Among the things that you will find are conference brochures if this person was a speaker. Bios often include books published/sold. Check them out.
  • Edited by . . . If you are a SCBWI member, don’t forget to check out the publication “Edited By…”  It lists a variety of publishers as well as who within that publisher edited that particular book.

Once you’ve gathered this information give it a hard look.  Does any of this work intrigue you?  If not, give this agent or editor a pass.  If so, read some of these books.  Are these your types of books?  If so, you have someone who might like your work.

The best part about this?  You don’t have to limit your search to agents or editors you’ve heard speak at a conference.  Now, happy hunting!


August 7, 2015

Agents Dreaming Aloud

After a lengthy hiatus Agent and Editor Wish List ( has finally been updated.  Here are some wishes of interest to those of us who write for children of teens.

Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency:

Wants pieces that are heavy on the science whether science fiction or science thriller for adults, YA, and MG.

Leon Husock of the L. Perkins Agency:

Would love to see a YA revenge fantasy or science fiction novel.  Maybe an “over-the-top crazy contemporary.”  What does he mean when he says revenge?  Think Kill Bill.

Sarah LaPolla of the Bradford Literary Agency:

Wants to see a new spin on “the sad white boy contemporary YA.”  Stronger stories and quit “pining over a manic pixie dream girl.”  Diverse characters.

Bibi Lewis of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency:

Wants dark humor in both YA and MG.

Penny Moore of Fine Print Literary Management:

Wants YA historical fantasy that is well-researched.  Wants strong world building and cultures not often represented in commercial fiction.

Beth Phelan of the Bent Agency:

Wants a YA disaster novel in which the disaster is a tight, short timeline, something like a blackout.  Keep it “character driven, timeless, and lyrical.”

Elana Roth Parker of Red Tree Literary:

Note:  This agency only represents work for children and teens so even if you don’t see something that sounds like your work on her wish list, check out the site.

She wants MG and YA including SF, fantasy, speculative fiction, and magical realism.  That said, she does not want post-apocalyptic or dystopian.

Magical realism for MG or YA that is Jewish but not hokey or cliche.  Any Jewish children’s fiction but not about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, or an awkward bar/bat mitzvah.

Alex Slater of the Trident Media Group:

Wants material that is diverse, especially if it has the “confidence and color of Drown by Junot Diaz and Good Lord Bird by James McBride.  Needs to see this more especially in YA and MG.

YA horror set in abandoned locations such as Six Flags Jazzland or an overgrown section of China’s Great Wall.

Rebeca Sherman of Writers House:

Contemporary MG with themes built around friendship and family whether set at school or during the summer.  Diverse protagonists.


June 2, 2015

Market seeking manuscripts: Tor

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Call for SubmissionsGreat news! is once again accepting manuscripts.

Almost a year ago, I posted that Tor had closed to submissions so that they could get caught up on their slush pile.  Sadness!

They have now re-opened for submissions of “speculative fiction.”  I went to their site to find out exactly what they meant by this since there are as many definitions as there are stories.

“We define ‘speculative fiction’ broadly, including SF, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and related genres. We want our stories to represent the full diversity of speculative fiction, and encourage submissions by writers from underrepresented populations. This includes but is not limited to writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and ability, as well as characters and settings that reflect these experiences.” They want stories that are under 12,000 words.

If you think that you have something that would be a good fit, check out their complete guidelines here.  As always, happy submitting!


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