Submissions: Agents & Editors

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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.


June 6, 5:00 p.m. CST (6 p.m. EST) Workshop with Katie Monson, Literary Agent at SBR Media: To Represent or Not to Represent: The Literary Agent's Crossroads 


Ready to unlock the secrets behind literary agents' decisions? Join me for an exclusive workshop hosted by Rosie J. Pova and led by Literary Agent Katie Monson where you'll gain insights into:

  • Agent Decision-Making: Learn what drives agents to pick up—or pass on—a manuscript.
  • Decoding Rejections: Understand those cryptic rejection letters and determine your next steps.
  • Navigating Differences: Handle disagreements with your agent to maintain a strong professional relationship.

Plus, a special submission opportunity for all registrants!

Free Videos from The Picture Book Submissions System: Stop Sabotaging Your Submissions Check out the free videos on the following topics: Demystifying the Query Letter, Perfecting Your Pitch, and From Panicked to Published with award-winning picture book authors Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Hedlund.

Step 1: Are You Ready to Submit?

10 Tests to Prove Your Manuscript is Ready for Submission 

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

How to Research a Literary Agent

What an Editor Does (actually, tips on writing a great book)

How do I Find an Agent?

Landing the Right Literary Agent and The Journey to Get There

What Does a Literary Agent Do?

How to Find a Literary Agent in 109 Easy Steps

Do I Need a Submission "Package" (for Picture Book Writers)

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

Submit Your Children's Book Without An Agent! New List of 100 Open Publishers (June 2023)

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 January 2022)

Equity Directory  - database of BIPOC literary agents

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

Getting Past 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

Introduction to Writing IP and Book Packaging