Posted by: nancyisanders | October 3, 2014

Writing Opportunity: Submission Guidelines

Next on the page of Kaeden Books’ Submission Guidelines are the Author Guidelines themselves!



Do you hear the sirens going off? Waa-OOOOOOO-ooooo, Waa-OOOOOO-oooooo, Waa-OOOOOO-oooooo.

Do you hear the bells ringing? Clang, clang, clang!

Do you hear the drums rolling? Rat-a-tat-tat. Rat-a-tat-tat.

They are all saying one message: TAKE NOTE, AUTHOR!!!!

The editors at Kaeden Books are talking with you, yes YOU and are about to tell you something very very important. Something that publishers don’t very often tell you. Something that is the key to opening the treasure chest. Something that is Aladdin’s magic lamp. Something that is the ticket to get us onto the most exciting ride in the amusement park.

Something that they don’t take very lightly and neither should we.

Beginning Chapter Books
Unique Nonfiction Manuscripts
Manuscripts with Strong Characters that have Potential to become Series

And then (thank you, editors at Kaeden Books!) they don’t leave us in the dark about these three specific needs. They spell out EXACTLY what they want these books to be like.

If we want to submit fiction to them, our manuscript should have humor, should have a surprise ending, and should have characters that appeal to children in pre-K through second grade.

These fiction stories should have predictable plots, but should have a clear beginning, a clear middle, and a clear ending.

And for all of us who want to submit nonfiction to them, our manuscript should be INTERESTING.

We should write the sentences using vocabulary words geared to specific grade levels to make the information presented in a language that is comprehensible by children in specific grades in school.

We should include information and supporting facts to go along with the very simple text of the story. (See the Google Preview for the book “Careers” to see how these facts are included like sidebars on the photographs.)

25 words to 3000 words. We’ll discuss this in an upcoming post.

I don’t know about you, but if you have even the remotest inclination to submitting a beginning chapter book to them, GO FOR IT! This is the second time they’ve stated here that this is particularly what they’re looking for. So if you’ve been wondering what to start working on, this would be a fantastic focus for you to take.

We’ll talk in detail about how to prepare a beginning chapter book in an upcoming post.

I’m just so jazzed and excited about this amazing opportunity. It’s not every day in the publishing world that we get such a clear invitation to submit, complete with specific details.

And even if we don’t actually land a contract with them (okay, let’s be realistic here…it’s not easy to land a book contract) we will learn so much valuable information and our writing skills will improve along this journey that we can take a step in the write direction to hopefully landing a book contract with Kaeden Books or another publisher soon.


  1. Regarding “Careers,” it’s interesting that the words in the photographs are at a higher grade level than the words in the primary text. That’s true even in the K-level books. I’m so glad you will be talking about chapter books.

    • Excellent observation, Sydney! I’ve seen this in other books, too, as you said. This tells us that the text for the child to read is kept at grade level. But the text (sidebars, really) must be for the parent or educator to read to the child.

  2. Nancy, you are an amazing mentor and sharer!!! Thank you so much.

  3. Thanks, Nancy. This is terrific.

    • Glad you’re finding this helpful, Rosi!

  4. Thanks for this info! Anxious to read your next post.

    • You’re welcome, Mary. Let me know if you have any questions.

  5. Nancy, do you know where we can get a word list for the various age groups? Thanks for this info. I plan to go to BN to read some chapter books.

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