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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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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