When we submit to educational publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop, they expect us to have our ducks all in a row. Most of their contracts are work-for-hire contracts meaning that they pay you a flat fee and keep all the rights. Be sure to follow their submissions guidelines very carefully.
Here are just a few of the publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS who follow into the category:
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GARETH STEVENS PUBLISHING
STONE ARCH BOOKS
As you’re clicking on links to explore these publishers and others similar to them, get a feel for the type of products they publish. Don’t worry about the publishers you look at and think, “This is way out of my comfort zone.”
Just keep an eye out for any publisher you look at and think…hey! I think I could write a book like that.
Those are the ones you want to submit to.
And if you have trouble pinpointing their submission guidelines, just google “Submission guidelines for name of publisher.” Sometimes they like to hide this info on their site and this usually gives good results.