If you scroll down through all the publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS, you will see a list of several Test Publishers.
Go ahead and click on the links for each one of these as we’re exploring this part of the list.
One of the first things you’ll see is that most of these require submissions from educators or teachers.
I know a gal in my local region of SCBWI who has written for this market for years. From what she says, it seems like a very nice steady reliable opportunity for work and income.
If you really really want to try working for this market, but you aren’t a teacher, what can you do?
Do as I do! Pair up with a teacher who would like to earn some income but doesn’t have the time, interest, or experience to write.
Any time I’ve wanted to write for an educational publisher who requires writers who are also teachers, I just team up with my teacher husband Jeff! We apply as a team. He gives input and ideas, I write, and then he checks the material for educational content and focus. It’s a win-win situation.
But of course if you have an educational background yourself, what have you got to lose! Go ahead and submit to these publishers and see if you can land a spot as one of their writers.