Submissions: Agents & Editors

© Sarah LuAnn Perkins

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

Evaluate Small Publishers Like A Pro

21 Children's Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts 

24 Publishers Accepting Picture Books - No Agent Required

Key Book Publishing Paths 2021-2022 (Jane Friedman's chart)

Step 3: If agents, scour Agent Lists

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

Literary Rambles 

Resources Listing Literary Agents and Artist's Representatives

Monster List of Picture Book Agents (updated Dec. 2021)

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

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

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?

When to Reject Rejection

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


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