Market Notes

  • Bellwether
    [5/23/12] In response to my query:

    "Bellwether does sometimes hire freelance writers. Feel free to send in your resume materials to, or to 5357 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55419."

  • Bender Richardson White
    [5/4/10] Lionel Bender, Editorial Director of BRW, said:

    "BRW produces children's illustrated non-fiction and supplemental materials. Please look at our website for an insight. To be considered as a potential non-fiction author, send a resumé detailing published works, areas of speciality and age ranges, educational background, and contact details. Attachments are fine. Send to the Editorial Director at"

  • Black Rabbit Books
    [10/4/11] Does not accept unsolicited submissions. They do use freelance writers on a work-for-hire assignment basis. To be considered for such assignments send your resume, writing samples, and information about areas of expertise and interest to:

    Black Rabbit Books
    PO Box 3263
    Mankato MN 56002

  • Carolrhoda Books
    Carolrhoda accepts limited solicited submissions from unagented authors. Go
    here for information about what they are currently soliciting.

  • Cavendish Square Publishing
    [4/28/13] Cavendish Square Publishing is a new educational publishing company founded by Roger Rosen. In March 2013, they acquired Marshall Cavendish’s North American library operation, including the Benchmark, Bookworm, MC Reference, and MC Digital lists. Their headquarters are based in New York City at 303 Park Ave. South, Suite 1247. Existing or prospective authors who wish to get in touch with the editorial staff at Cavendish Square should email questions or contact information to

  • The Child's World
    [1/23/12] Does not accept unsolicited submissions. Also does not make assignments to freelance authors. All assignments for their books are made through packagers. The three main ones they use are Shoreline Publishing Group, Editorial Directions, and Red Line Editorial.

  • The Creative Company
    "The vast majority of our titles are nonfiction children’s books, organized in series, that embrace a variety of subjects, including science, sports, music, history, zoology, architecture, and geography. We primarily market to school and public libraries, although we do sell a select number of picture books through the trade market each year to major bookstores.

    "Nonfiction series proposals should generally include four to eight titles per series. Each individual title should run between 400 and 6,000 words in length and be written for a reading audience somewhere between kindergarten and eighth grade. Please include a few sample manuscript pages with your proposal. There are no subject restrictions. We are not accepting picture book submissions at this time. Proposals and manuscripts will not be returned unless a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage is included. Response time is usually three months." Tom Peterson, Editor [editor name updated 2/21/14]

  • The Critical Thinking Company
    My proposal for a middle school-age book was rejected 6/5/08 "due to [their] production commitments and current focus on preschool products." I'm sharing this because their website guidelines do not mention a particular preschool focus.

  • Edcon Publishing
    Submit one sample chapter with synopsis/outline.
    EDCON Publishing Group
    30 Montauk Boulevard
    Oakdale, NY 11769-1399

  • ETA hand2mind
    For information on the submission process contact:
    Mary Watanabe, Product Development Manager
    ETA hand2mind
    500 Greenview Court
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1862
    She prefers e-mail:

  • Educational Testing Service
    Although it is not mentioned on their website, ETS does use outside writers for developing test questions. Send your resume to Charlie Betz, ETS Research, at cbetz@ETS.ORG. It will then be forwarded to the appropriate department for review.

  • Franklin Watts
    Send to:
    Elizabeth Ward, Editorial Director
    Franklin Watts
    524 Broadway
    New York, NY 10012

  • Goosebottom Books
    A new small press which publishes illustrated picture-book biographies for girls 9–13. They are looking for writers for their series, which are developed inhouse. They want authors who have the ability to match the writing style and handling of subject matter of Goosebottom books. Send writing samples (maximum 1000 words) to:

    Amy Novesky, Editor

    Their website now says you may also send submissions to that email address.

    [5/24/11] You may have read in Publishers Weekly that "As a publisher set up more as a cooperative than a traditional business model" and wondered, as I did, if that meant they expected authors to cooperate in paying for publication. That is NOT what it meant. I checked with Goosebottom and they pay authors an advance on royalties.

  • Jump Start Press
    [1/10/11] Jump Start Press specializes in instructional materials for educational publishing clients--materials like teacher's guides, workbooks, student resources, etc.

    Send query letter to Mary Pearce. Give evidence of successful previous experience in writing for educational publishers.

  • Lucent
    [10/4/11] Uses freelancers for work-for-hire projects. To be considered send a cover letter with your resume and writing samples. Direct your letter to Kristine Burns at

  • McDonald Publishing Company creates educational materials written by teachers that address major concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. They do not publish fiction, teacher resource books, or kits or units that include many parts or components. To familiarize yourself with the kinds of products they produce, visit their website. To submit a product idea to them, please include the following:

    1. a letter that details your teaching qualifications and experience
    2. an overview of your product idea, its usefulness, and how it is different from other educational products on the market
    3. sample pages that demonstrate the kinds of activities your work would include

    Do not send original copies of manuscripts or artwork. Also, be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope large enough to hold your materials. Direct your submission to:

    Development Editor
    McDonald Publishing Company
    567 Hanley Industrial Ct.
    St. Louis, MO 63144-1901

  • McGraw-Hill Education Group
    [5-12-11] Accepts unsolicited submissions. For Glencoe, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, and SRA send to:

    McGraw-Hill Education Group
    Attn: Editorial Department
    8787 Orion Place
    Columbus, OH 43240

  • N L Associates
    Query by telephone 732-605-1643 and speak to Nathan Levy directly to have your work considered.

  • Nasco
    For information on math or language arts submissions contact:
    Connie Kolander, Director of Math & Literacy Educational Sales
    901 Janesville Avenue
    P.O. Box 901
    Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901

  • National Geographic Children's Books
    Looking for authors for their direct mail and library series (topics selected in-house). Send resumes and writing samples to the address below.

    Submit by email or regular mail to:
    Nancy Feresten, Editor-in-Chief
    National Geographic Children's Books
    1145 17th St. N.W.
    Washington D.C. 20036-4688

    They only respond if interested.

  • Perfection Learning
    [11/9/10] Is no longer publishing trade books or accepting submissions. They are publishing textbooks and larger programs for which they are using some freelance writers. Interested authors may send their resume and writing samples to be kept on file for potential assignments. Send to:

    Sue Thies
    Editorial Director
    Perfection Learning
    2680 Berkshire Parkway
    Clive, IA 50325

  • PowerKids Press
    Send queries only to:
    Rachel O’Connor, Editorial Director
    PowerKids Press
    29 E 21st Street
    New York NY 10010
    Phone: 800-237-9932

  • Ready-Ed Publications

    --Accepts unsolicited submissions but prefers queries followed by a proposal.
    --You may email Tim Lowson for submission guidelines at
    --Ready-Ed gives royalty based contracts; advances are offered only after authors have done several books with them.
    --They use work-for-hire writers, but again, only after the authors have done several books and have shown their "worth".

  • Red Shed

    [7/29/13] Red Shed is a new NF imprint of Egmont due to launch its first titles in spring of 2014. Melissa Fairley heads the imprint. Commissioning editor is Emma Dods. According to Egmont's
    website, submissions should be emailed to .

  • Rourke Publishing
    [1/10/11] Query with a resume including the topic and age of interest to you.
    Send by email or regular mail to:
    Rourke Publishing
    1701 Highway A1A, Suite 300
    Vero Beach, FL 32963

  • Saddleback Educational Publishing
    [1/4/12] President Arianne McHugh sent this information: We do accept unsolicited manuscripts. However, we are a very small niche in the educational market and ask that when sending manuscripts, please make sure that they fit the niche. We only publish 6-12 grade level material, written at reading level 1.0-4.0. We are not looking for any curriculum. We are always looking for fiction and urban fiction.

  • Social Studies School Service
    Accepts unsolicited manuscripts. Send query to:
    Dr. Aaron Willis
    Social Studies School Service
    10200 Jefferson Blvd., Box 802
    Culver City, CA 90232

  • Soundprints
    [1/4/12] Send query or complete ms to Anthony Parisi, Editorial Assistant at the address given on their website Contact Page.

  • World Book
    [3/15/11] Nonfiction only. No submissions; only queries. Send an outline and synopsis to:
    Paul Kobasa, Editor-in-Chief
    World Book, Inc.
    233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60601

  • The Wright Group/McGraw Hill
    Send complete manuscript or 3 chapters plus outline/synopsis to:
    Judy Sommer, Vice President Marketing
    130 E. Randolph, 4th Floor
    Chicago IL 60601

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