Children's book author Madeleine L'Engle was in her 40s when her children's fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time was finally published. Originally rejected by 26 book publishers, it won the Newberry Award. The book is a perennial bestseller.
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For more details on children's book authors, editors, and publishers, join the JacketFlap network.
Also see Harold Underdown's Purple Crayon site for changes and updates to children's editors.
Dr. Seuss's first children's book was originally titled A Story That No One Can Beat. The book was rejected by 27 publishers.
The book became a bestseller under the title: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, a much more interesting and intriguing title.
Learn how to submit to book publishers before sending them anything. Do not send an entire manuscript. Send a query letter or book proposal.
To learn more, read one of these books: Michael Larson's How to Write a Book Proposal, Jeff Herman's Write the Perfect Book Proposal, W. Terry Whalin's Book Proposals That Sell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success, or Stephen Mettee's The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal.
Note: I guarantee that there have been changes in the listing below since I first developed it. Use this list only as a guide to the publishers specializing in business, financial, and career books. Don't spend a lot of time or money contacting these publishers en masse. Focus on one or two at a time and write them a great query letter.
Please let us know if any of the following editor names, address, phone numbers, emails, etc. change. That's one way we can keep this up-to-date for everyone. Email: JohnKremer@BookMarket.com.
Abrams Children's Books, Howard Reeves, VP of Gift and Children's Books, 115 West 18th Street, New York NY 10011; 212-519-1200; 800-345-1359; Fax: 212-645-8437. Web: http://www.abramsbooks.com.
Abrams Children's Books, Maggie Lehrman, Assistant Editor, 115 West 18th Street, New York NY 10011; 212-519-1200; 800-345-1359; Fax: 212-645-8437. Web: http://www.abramsbooks.com.
Active Parenting Publishers, Michael Popkin, President, 1955 Vaughn Road #108, Kennesaw GA 30144-7808; 770-429-0565; 800-825-0060; Fax: 770-429-0334. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.activeparenting.com. Features books on parenting, self-help, and counseling.
Adams Media, Kate Epstein, Editor, 57 Littlefield Street, Avon MA 02322; 508-427-7100; 800-872-5627; Fax: 508-427-6790. Web: http://www.adamsmedia.com. Parenting titles.
Adams Media, Jennifer Kushnier, Senior Editor, 57 Littlefield Street, Avon MA 02322; 508-427-7100; 800-872-5627; Fax: 508-427-6790. Email: Jennifer.Kushnier@adamsmedia.com. Web: http://www.adamsmedia.com. Parenting titles.
Alef Design Group, Jane Golub, Editor, 4423 Fruitland Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90058. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.alefdesign.com or http://www.torahaura.com. Also Torah Aura Productions. Young adult novels and children's books for Jewish children.
Alexander Press, Alex Cramer, President, 503 Huron Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2R6 Canada; 416-961-7142. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.alexanderpress.net. Action/adventure books for young readers.
All About Kids Publishing, Linda Guevara, Editor, 6280 San Ignacio Avenue #C, San Jose CA 95119; 408-578-4026; Fax: 408-578-4029. Web: http://www.aakp.com. Children's picture books.
AMACOM, Jacqueline Flynn, Executive Editor, 1601 Broadway, New York NY 10016; 800-262-9699; Fax: 518-891-3653. Web: http://www.amanet.org. Parenting titles. No children's books.
Amulet Books, Susan Van Metre, Editor, Harry N. Abrams, 115 West 18th Street, New York NY 10011; 212-519-1200; 800-345-1359; Fax: 212-645-8437. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.abramsbooks.com. New middle grade and YA imprint. Including fantasy.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Caitlyn Dlouhy, Editorial Director, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York NY 10020. Web: http://www.simonandschuster.com or http://www.simonsayskids.com. Now also vice president.
Augsburg Books, P O Box 1209, Minneapolis MN 55440-1209; 612-330-3300; 800-328-4648; Fax: 612-330-3455. Web: http://www.augsburgfortress.org. Children's books with a religious bent.
August House Publishers, Liz Parkhurst, CEO, P O Box 3223, Little Rock AR 72203; 501-372-5450; Fax: 501-372-5579. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.augusthouse.com. Folktales, storytelling, and illustrated juveniles.
Authors Workshop Press, Robert Wardrick, Editor.
Azro Press, 1704 Llano Street B, PMB 342, Santa Fe NM 87505; 505-989-3272; Fax: 505-989-3832. Web: http://www.azropress.com. Illustrated children's books focusing on the Southwest.
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