re: Submitting to Amazon Children’s Publishing

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Dear Editor…

Amazon started a children’s book publishing imprint. I can’t find information about how to submit my manuscript to them. Are they accepting submissions?

R.

Dear R.…

Tim Ditlow, Associate Publisher of Amazon Children’s Publishing, spoke about his months-old program at the 2012 SCBWI Summer Conference last week. While official submission guidelines are still being created, he said ACP is indeed accepting unsolicited submissions. For now, send a query email to acp-submit@amazon.com. Attach your full picture book ms or the first 3 chapters of your MG/YA fiction as pdfs or Word documents. There’s no time frame for responses yet. See ACP’s list of picture books, chapter books, and MG/YA fiction at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000775681. Note that for now, ACP appears to function like any traditional publisher, reviewing submissions and then putting acquired books through the full production cycle, which can take a year+ for novels and 18 months for picture books. Proposals for books for adult readers can be submitted to Amazon Publishing at manuscript-submissions@amazon.com.

Happy Writing!
The Editor

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    • It all depends on their current acquisition interests, Petronella, and the story’s relevance to American teens. Stories set abroad need to have clear appeal for young American readers for US publishers to take them on, and right now Amazon Children’s Books is focused on the US market first. Your best bet is to go to the Amazon Children’s Books website link in the post and view the latest releases from the Skyscape imprint, which is ACB’s imprint for teen fiction.

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