Posted by: nancyisanders | March 9, 2009

Book In A Month Club: Avalon

Welcome back to the Book In A Month Club! If this is the first day you’re joining us, you might want to backtrack and start your journey at the beginning. Go back to where it started on my post for March 2, 2009. Then follow each day’s post for the month of March and have fun sending in those queries!

Today, let’s explore another potential publisher:

Avalon Books: http://www.avalonbooks.com
Submission Guidelines: avalonbooks.com/wrtgdl.html

Book Markets for Children’s Writers 2008 states that Avalon Books accepts queries.

Now, let’s look and see if they have series. We see on their home page that they do! Breaking into an existing series is much easier than just trying to pitch a stand alone title to a publisher you’ve never worked with before, especially if you’ve never yet had a book published. Publishers who have series are always on the lookout for new titles to add to their series, so take advantage of this great opportunity!

Here are the series they list on their home page: Romances, historical romances, career romances, mysteries, and westerns. They also list a SERIES tab, which means they have series within their series. Great opportunity here if you’d like to try your hand at writing YA or adult romance books.

Now take a closer look at each of those series. Browse through their website and see if there is one of those series that you think, “I could try to write a book like that!” If so, make a list of a dozen or so titles in that series. Read each one of the blurbs about those titles. Brainstorm 3-5 ideas for new titles that could fit into that series. Then send in a query listing those ideas and asking if the editor would like to see a proposal about one of them. As stated on their Writers Guidelines, e-mail your query to editorial@avalonbooks.com

If YA or adult romance books aren’t your cup of tea, search through current market guides for publishers who publish a different genre that better suits your taste. Follow these steps to find a potential series to plug into, brainstorm 3-5 new ideas that could fit into that series, and then send a query to the publisher. Ask them if they’d like to see a proposal on any of those ideas.

You’ve been busy so far. I’m hearing from lots of writers who are sending in queries as fast as they can! But what happens if one or more of those publishers responds to your query and requests a proposal for one of your ideas? Check back in later this week for tips on what to do.


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