Submissions: Agents & Editors


© Christina Forshay

Where do I go from here?

Ready to start the submission process with your awesome manuscript? 

For all things related to subbing your manuscript check out the links below.


Picture Book Publishers 101

The Big Five U.S. Trade Publishers (infographic)


How to Smartly Evaluate a Small Publisher


Look Into Publishers Before Submitting


30 Children's Book Publishers Seeking Picture Books

Evaluate Small Publishers Like A Pro


21 Children's Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts 

24 Publishers Accepting Picture Books - No Agent Required


Step 3: If agents, scour Agent Lists

The following sites are a good starting point to find children's book agents:


Top Children's Literary Agents 2016-2017

Literary Rambles 


Resources Listing Literary Agents and Artist's Representatives

Monster List of Picture Book Agents (updated Nov 2019)

Step 4: Research Your Preferred Agents

After you've found a few agents, check for their likes, dislikes and response times at Agent Query and Publishers Marketplace and read as many interviews and articles as you can.  Google their clients and check out their work.

Query Tracker is also another great source of information about agents and publishers and offers a way to track your queries.


Agent Query Connect A huge online community where you ask questions and get answers.


MSWL - agents post their manuscript wish lists using the hashtag #MSWL on Twitter which are aggregated on this website

How to Research Literary Agents and Publishers Before Sending Materials

Agent Research 101: Mining Deal Data

The Straight Dope on Publisher's Marketplace


Some cautionary posts (do your homework):


  
Agents Wave the Red Flags

Bad Agent 



Step 5: Query Your Preferred Agents

How do you write a query? Go to our Query Letters section for a long list of resources and articles


Agent Tips: From Querying to Accepting an Offer 


A Guide to Literary Agent Etiquette


Tracking Your Queries

Exclusive Submissions or Simultaneous Submissions?

The Best Way To Query Your Book | Successful Query Strategy (video)

Step 6: Submit Your Best Work


Submission Tip Checklist: Double Check These 16 Things Before Sending Your Book Out 


Picture Book Submissions- Art Notes/Text


Step 7: Follow Up/ Patience 


5 Things to Do When You Haven't Heard Back from an Editor or Agent: The Art of Following Up


Would You Please Quit Assuming Stuff Already? 

Response Times, Guest Post by Juliet Mushens


How Publishers Make Decisions About What to Publish: The Book P&L


Going on Sub (What Happens when an Agent Submits Your Work)

Exclusive Requests from Literary Agents--What Are They and How do They Work?

When "I Have an Offer" is a Red Flag

Somewhere Between Yes and No: R&Rs

How to Nudge an Agent Who Has Your Full MS

7a: Rejections


What Silence in Publishing Really Means
 

Why Don't Agents Explain their Rejections


Rejecting Submissions is the Worst Part of the Job


Beneath the Ice: A Literary Agent Discusses Rejection


Why Don't People Want to Rep My Book?


What Does "I Didn't Fall in Love with It" Mean?


Rejections in Tough Times


Pulling the Plug on Querying Agents? 


"Can't Connect" Rejections?



Step 8: Take the Call



Step 9: Understand Your Contract


Congratulations! You have a contract. Now it's time to understand your contract and be aware of the important issues. Head on over to Legal Resources for Creatives for some articles to help get you started.  Consider hiring a good attorney to help you with your contract review & negotiation



CONGRATS! YOU HAVE AN AGENT, NOW WHAT?


Some articles answering questions you might have about the agenting process and life with an agent:


On Being On Submission

An EPIC POST about the Submission Process, from an Agent's POV
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