submission guidelines

Please do read this section carefully before you submit! If you don’t stick to the guidelines, given the volume of approaches we have, you’re reducing your chances of us looking at your work seriously. We are currently taking submissions for children's books for ages 1 to 8. Please be professional. Do not submit any book with inappropriate content or racially offensive.

 

Please don’t be too disappointed if we reject your work or don’t respond! We’re a small company and can only publish a few new books each year, so do try other publishers and agents. Publishing is a hugely subjective business. Please allow 6-8 weeks for response and DO NOT submit twice. 

for all submissions:

  • Include a cover letter in the body of your email (please see individual category guidelines for cover letter tips)

  • Include contact information with phone number

  • Attach manuscripts as WORD documents (preferred) or PDFs. File sizes cannot be larger than 4MB.

  • Subject line must be formatted according to individual category guidelines. Emails that do not use the subject line formatting may not be read.

for picture books:

We are seeking:  Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for picture books for children ages 1 to 8.
Word count:  Up to 1000 words.

  • Cover letter (in body of email) should include the following:

  • Brief description of story

  • Short bio mentioning previous publications or other background information relevant to your story

  • Please provide titles for up to three comparative books published in the past five years. These should be books that have a similar audience to your book and that you feel will compare with your book in the marketplace. Explain how your manuscript is different from these books.

Important note regarding illustrations:

  • It is NOT necessary to provide illustrations with the story text

  • If the story is illustrated, we will review text and art separately (Note that we may be interested in the story but not the artwork, or vice versa)

  • Send illustrated work in PDF or JPEG attachments. File size not to exceed 4MB.

EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Send email and attachments to bnhm.publishing@gmail.com

  • Subject line should read: “PICTURE BOOK: (story title) by (author name).”