As we’ve been exploring the list of educational publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS, we’ve been talking about how there are different categories of publishers listed.
Here are two categories I divide them into that we discussed in a previous post:
Publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop.
Publishers who accept original ideas from authors.
Each of these publishers have different expectations from authors who submit to them.
For publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop, in general they want to see an author’s resume plus writing samples.
Then they keep your name and samples in their files and contact you if they think they have a project they want to develop that matches your expertise as a writer.
Of course, you need to follow their specific submission guidelines, but in general, that’s how they work.