Email submissions remain a rarity in the publishing world as publishers cling to the printed word despite an increase in e-book sales. No major publishers accept email submissions, though independent presses are increasingly open to them as they go paperless for commercial or environmental reasons. Picture books, which require only a few pages of printed text, are more likely to be accepted via email than lengthy novels.
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Sylvan Dell Publishing publishes educational picture books. Books must use original fiction or folktales to teach children about animals, the environment, science, math or health issues. The "For Creative Minds" section in the back of each book includes subject-related trivia and facts. Sylvan Dell primarily markets books to schools and libraries as well as museum gift shops, zoos and other instructional facilities. Send all submissions to Editor Donna German at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sylvan Dell Publishing 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-971-6722 sylvandellpublishing.com
Flashlight Press requests that query letters be emailed before any submissions are made. Once a manuscript is requested, email it to email@example.com. Editors respond to queries within one month and manuscripts within three or four months. Any query letter or manuscript sent by regular mail will not be accepted. Flashlight only publishes picture books aimed at children 4 to 8 years old. They do not consider nonfiction or holiday picture books.
Flashlight Press 527 Empire Blvd. Brooklyn, NY 11225 718-288-8300 flashlightpress.com
Sleeping Bear Press
Sleeping Bear, an imprint of the Gale Group, concentrates on picture books and early readers involving stories about animals, multiculturalism, sports, religion or nature. Representatives regularly attend Book Expo America, American Library Association conferences, regional events for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and other programs. When submissions overwhelm staff, Sleeping Bear temporarily stops accepting unsolicited and unagented manuscripts. Check the website for changes in submission policy.
Sleeping Bear Press 27500 Drake Road Farmington Hills, MI 48331 800-877-4253 sleepingbearpress.com