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.
Book Marketing 105: Choosing a Book Distribution System - This vital mini-guide includes criteria for deciding how you will distribute your books. Also includes complete information on 30 distributors, 4 library distributors, 89 book publishers who also distribute for other publishers, 3 sales representatives to the chains, 27 bookstore wholesalers, 34 library wholesalers, and 23 Spanish-language wholesalers. Plus a sample book distribution contract. Ebook download, $30.00.
Top 700 Independent Bookstores - This database features 740 stores with address, book buyer, owner, event coordinator, phone, fax, email, website, and more! Cost: $40.00. This data file features an updated list of the largest indie bookstores that work with authors and buy books from indie publishers. The report comes as a data file download (your choice of Microsoft Access, Excel, or rich text format). The data files do require that you know how to use a database or word-processing program.
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.
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.
W Publishing, Debbie Wickwire, Editor, 545 Marriott Drive #750, Nashville TN 37214; 615-902-3308; 800-251-4000; Fax: 615-902-3300. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.thomasnelson.com. Parenting titles.
Waldman House Press, 525 N Third Street, Minneapolis MN 55401; 612-341-4044; 888-700-7333; Fax: 612-359-5955. Publishes illustrated seasonal and children's books.
Walker Books, Mary Gruetzke, Senior Editor, Books for Young Readers, 435 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014; 212-727-8300; Fax: 212-727-0984. Web: http://www.walkerbooks.com.
Watson-Guptill Publications, Julie Mazur, Editor, Children's Books, 770 Broadway, New York NY 10003; 646-654-5000; Fax: 646-654-5486. Web: http://www.watsonguptill.com. Primarily an art book publisher, but they do publish fancy children's books as well.
Watson-Guptill Publications, Jacqueline Ching, Editor, YA Novels, 770 Broadway, New York NY 10003; 646-654-5000; Fax: 646-654-5486. Web: http://www.watsonguptill.com. Primarily an art book publisher, but they do publish fancy children's books as well.
Whitecap Books Ltd., Michael Burch, President, 351 Lynn Avenue, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 2C4 Canada; 604-980-9852. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.whitecap.ca. Children's picture books.
Albert Whitman & Co., Kathleen Tucker, Editor-in-Chief, 6340 Oakton Street, Morton Grove IL 60053-2723; 847-581-0033; 800-255-7675; Fax: 847-581-0039. Web: http://www.albertwhitman.com. Children's and young adult novels and nonfiction since 1919. "We will not read any unsolicited manuscripts, queries, or proposals sent via email."
Albert Whitman & Co., Wendy McClure, Senior Editor, 6340 Oakton Street, Morton Grove IL 60053-2723; 847-581-0033; 800-255-7675; Fax: 847-581-0039. Web: http://www.albertwhitman.com. Email: email@example.com. Children's and young adult novels and nonfiction since 1919.
Albert Whitman & Company currently has an open submissions policy. We will read and review un-agented manuscripts and proposals for picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult novels. Please read the following instructions carefully.
Include a cover letter in the body of your email (please see individual category guidelines for cover letter tips)
Include contact information with phone number
Attach manuscripts as WORD documents (preferred_ or PDFs. File sizes cannot be larger than 4MB.
Subject line must be formatted according to individual category guidelines. Emails that do not use the subject line formatting may not be read.
Williamson Publishing Company, Jack Williamson, Publisher, 1355 Church Hill Road, P O Box 185, Charlotte VT 05445; 802-425-2102; 800-234-8791; Fax: 802-425-2199. Web: http://www.williamsonbooks.com. Specialty: nonfiction children's books.
Workman Publishing Company, David Allender, Children's Book Editor, 225 Varick Street, New York NY 10014-4381; 212-254-5900; 800-722-7202; Fax: 212-475-5074. Web: http://www.workmanweb.com.
Workman Publishing Company, Jennifer Griffin, Editor, 225 Varick Street, New York NY 10014-4381; 212-254-5900; 800-722-7202; Fax: 212-475-5074. Web: http://www.workmanweb.com. Parenting titles.
Zino Press, Knowledge Unlimited, P O Box 52, Madison WI 53701-0052; 608-836-6660; 800-356-2303; Fax: 608-831-1570. Motto: For growing hearts and minds.
Zumaya Publications, Editor.
Recently I did a one-hour consultation with the author of a children's picture book and a children's board book. You can now listen in on this consultation - which featured the 7 most effective ways to market a children's book.
You can listen to it now for only $29.00. You can listen to this recording online or download it as an mp3 for listening via an iPod, etc.
Children's Book Consultation Audio - Selling Children's Books - $29.00
The last ten minutes of this audio are incredible, including advice rarely found on selling children's books - that also applies to novels and memoirs.
BONUS: Listen in as John Kremer interviews Emma Walton Hamilton on
How to Write, Publish, and Market a Bestselling Children's Book.
A $20 value, but you get it free when you order the above audio.