How to Submit a Christian Children's Book to a Publisher

Once you've finished your Christian children's book, figuring out what to do with it in order to publish it can be almost as difficult as writing the book itself. In order to submit your manuscript successfully, you'll need to follow all demands and suggestions from the publisher to a "T" to make sure your manuscript is not discarded.

Things You'll Need

  • Completed manuscript

Instructions

    • 1

      Decide if you would like to have an agent represent your work. Often, publishers do not take submissions of "unsolicited manuscripts," so you'll need an agent to speak on your behalf. Although agents take a 10 to 15 percent commission, they can be quite helpful. Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, maintains a list of agents that represent Christian authors on his website. Each agent will have his or her own criteria for submission, so it is important that you check with each one individually.

    • 2

      Make sure your work is error free and ready for submission. Have a friend or family member, or one of your agent's editors, review your manuscript and make sure it is the best it can possibly be. Although revisions may take time now, they could pay off with a contract.

    • 3

      Research publishers currently publishing Christian children's books. If you are represented by an agent, he or she will be able to help you. Some well-known publishers include Bethany House, Thomas Nelson and Tate Publishing House. Bookmarket.com maintains a list of book publishers for children.

    • 4

      Write a query letter. This is the introduction of your work and is required by most publishing companies. In your query letter, briefly introduce yourself and your credentials. Describe the book's plot in a paragraph or so. Pretend that this is the description on the back of the book, the one you'll want people to read and decide to pick up.

    • 5

      Read the publishing house's requirements. Some may ask for an author bio, or a short paragraph about yourself. Others may also ask for a description of how you think your book fits in with their other works. In addition, some may ask for a summary of your book within a specific number of pages. Be aware of the different guidelines for different publishing houses.

    • 6

      Consider POD, or Publishing on Demand, through companies such as Parson Place Press and Xulon Press. These books will be published "on demand" or self-published, meaning that they will be published via a nontraditional press and it will be your job to market your book. A self-published book is marketed to mainstream bookstores, but it is often available online for an upfront price from the author.

    • 7

      Send your completed submission to the publisher. Some publishers will ask that you send the submission via the Internet, while others may ask that you send in the submission via "regular" mail.

Tips & Warnings

  • When submitting your manuscript, make sure you follow the guidelines of the agent or publishers. Each will have different guidelines, so be aware of this when you submit.
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