How To Submit A Children’s Book Manuscript

Submitting Your Children’s Book Manuscript

Many novice writers are not aware of how to submit a children’s book manuscript so let me show you what you need to do to insure your manuscript meets the publisher’s guidelines.

Here’s A Rundown Of The Steps

1 – Collect Addresses of The Publishers –  An important first step.  Here are three places that you can use to help with your search.

  • Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market from Writer’s Digest
  • Children’s Book Insider from The newsletter For Children;s Writer’s
  • Search through your local library for books on publishers
  • Search the websites of the publishers

2- Send Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope – Ask for written guidelines for manuscript submission

3- Review The Guidelines – See if your manuscript matches the criteria set forth by the publisher’s guidelines.

How To Setup Your Children’s Manuscript

  • Type manuscript on white paper, double-spaced, indenting at the beginning of each paragraph.
  • Use a one inch margin on each side and justify left margin only.
  • Put your name, and title at top of each page and number the pages consecutively.
  • Put your name, address, phone number, and email in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  • Center title of manuscript one third of way down page 1 then skip a line and start your text.

For Picture Books

  • Send entire manuscript
  • Send with brief cover letter stating the intended age of child and word count of story.
  • Let publisher’s know up front if you are sending out to other publishers.
  • Include self-addressed stamped envelope with enough postage for return if necessary.

Longer Fiction

  • Send a one page query letter and include two sample chapters.
  • State main characters, the story’s conflict and resolution of the plot.
  • Include a brief section on your experience and tell them you can send the entire manuscript if they are interested.

Longer Non-Fiction

  • Send a book proposal with 1-2 paragraphs that explains what the book is about with a chapter by chapter outline a sentence or two with the chapter’s talking points.
  • Why the book is different from others on the market.
  • Give a brief introduction about you and your experience.

When you take the time to set everything up, make it as professional as you can and submit it to the right people, you have the chance to have it red and reviewed.

This is how to submit a children’s book manuscript and get it accepted by publishers all over the country.


A. J. Westin is a children's adventure book author who specializes in writing stories kids really want to read. He has written over two dozen books and has dedicated his life to helping kids become better readers through his inspirational stories.
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