As I’ve been exploring the list of educational publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS, I’ve realized an important point that I want to share with you…
Not all educational publishers are the same.
Since we were on vacation this past week and took a short hike around this small lake, seeing this young boy fishing reminded me that this list of educational publishers is like different fish in the same pond.
For example, I’ve written for various publishers listed on Ev’s site and some have similar submissions policies and similar products than others.
So I thought for starters let’s look at some of the categories of publishers on this list.
I’ve written a couple of books for Corwin Press. These projects have been work-for-hire where I’ve been handed a fairly lengthy packet of formatting rules to follow and my manuscripts have to fit into a series with other authors working on them, too. These books were based on the publisher’s ideas, not mine.
I’ve written several books for Chicago Review Press. For these books, I submitted my own ideas and landed royalty-based contracts with an advance.
I’ve written a couple of books for Libraries Unlimited that were my own ideas and landed royalty-based contracts with no advance.
For all 3 publishers, I signed the contracts before I wrote the manuscripts.
I don’t know how other people might categorize these publishers I just mentioned, but here’s the two categories I divide them into:
Publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop.
Publishers who accept original ideas from authors.
Why is this important to know?
Because you approach each type of publisher differently.
(And just a note…some publishers do both kinds of projects! It’s important to realize which type you want to contact them about.)
So as you’re continuing to explore and click on different links on this site, keep these 2 categories in mind.
We’ll talk more about this in an upcoming post.