Thank you for your interest in Blue Whale Press. Please read the following guidelines carefully and completely before submitting.
Picture Books Word count for fiction should not exceed 800 words. Nonfiction should not exceed 1,000, but the lower the word count the better for both fiction and nonfiction. While we are open to manuscripts by authors, we are most interested in author/illustrators and collaborations. If you are an author who also illustrates, or you have an illustrator that you would like to collaborate with, please attach one or two character development sketches in a PDF.
Middle Grade and Chapter Books Middle Grade Please send the first three chapters pasted into your email. Include a synopsis and cover letter as instructed below. Chapter Books While we are open to manuscripts by authors, we are very interested in author/illustrators and collaborations. If you are an author who also illustrates, or you have an illustrator that you would like to collaborate with, please attach one or two character development sketches in a PDF. Include a synopsis and cover letter as instructed below. If we like what we see in the first three chapters and/or sketches, we will contact you with a request for a full manuscript. Word Count for Chapter Books and Middle Grade Word count depends on the age level you are writing for and how many words it takes to tell a good story. However, make every word count. Here are some guidelines.
Synopsis For chapter books and middle grade, please include with your manuscript a one-page synopsis with an overview of your story. Start at the beginning and take us through to the end of the story, highlighting all the key pivotal points in the story. Tell us about your protagonist and his/her main conflict. We want to know about your characters’ goals and motivations. We want to know about their internal and external conflicts. By the end of the synopsis, we want to have a feel for how your characters have changed as a direct result of their experiences during the course of the story. We want to know about critical events within the story that will give us a sense of plot and theme. Paste the synopsis after your cover letter and before your first three chapters.
Manuscript Format Please send only your most polished work. Pasted manuscripts should include your contact information at the top of the manuscript along with the word count for the entire manuscript and the target age range.
Cover Letter A one-page cover letter should be pasted at the very top of the email before the manuscript. Please include the following information in the cover letter:
Illustrators Please send us an email telling us a bit about yourself. Include any links to online portfolios. And attach two of your favorite illustrations in a PDF
Response Time As much as we would like to respond to all submissions, it may not always be possible. If we are able to respond, it will be within 90 days. If you do not hear from us within that time, that means we have chosen to pass on the manuscript. However, there are many reasons for rejections, so feel free to submit other manuscripts during open submission periods only, but no sooner than one month following your previous submission. For illustrators, if you don’t hear from us within 90 days, this means we were unable to find a suitable home for your work during that time. We will keep your material on file and will contact you should something change.
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