Thursday, February 17, 2011

Are They Serious??

After participating in PiBoIdMo, (Tara Lazar's wonderful challenge in November) I came up with 32 shiny new picture book ideas.  Maybe five of them are viable. I've now actually written two.  And continued to revise and polish previous picture books.  All while writing a YA novel.

Until I manage to get an agent, I'm continuing to submit picture books to any publishers open to unsolicited manuscripts.  Since I have quite a few out on submission already at all the major picture book publishers, I started investigating some small ones.

I came across the following sentence on the Submissions Guidelines page of Dragonfly Publishing:

Fiction novels should be written in simple past tense...


Fiction novels?  
Hello?? Last time I checked, a novel was, by definition, um... fiction.  Nothing else.  You can be sure I won't be submitting anything to that publisher.  

Before I submit, I always check Absolute Write or Writer Beware, to be sure the publisher isn't a scam.  What kind of research do YOU do? 


  1. Haha, oh boy (insert grimace). That's not, um, a very good sign.

  2. Definitely not! Thanks, Jennifer. Happy to hear the exciting news on your blog.

  3. That is truly scary. We're the only ones who can protect ourselves -- and our books!

  4. Preditors and editors- I always browse there and Absolute write to try to get scoop.
    Hey- you had one of the top answers for ID'ing my son's drawings-- that means you get a gift certificate to your bookstore of choice! Send me an email
    insectwriter(at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I've just started researching and would definitely check those sites first. Lots of scary stuff out there. It was so nice to meet you yesterday. I will be by the store soon, possibly Monday.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks, everyone! Welcome to the blog, Beth. Love the recipes on yours. Yum.

    Thanks, Katharine. I emailed you. And yes, Preditors and Editors is helpful too.

    Hi Christine! Hope you do come in again. I don't work Mondays, but come in as often as you want!


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