Submissions: Agents & Editors

© John Ledda

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

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)

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 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