It's a tough decision to make, especially when everything moves so slow in this industry.
However, if you decide to sub yourself, I've put together a list of publishers still accepting unsolicited manuscripts. (If you find an error or know of another house, please comment below.) Before submitting to any of them, always do your own research and double check their submission guidelines as everything is always changing.
Dial Books for Young Readers http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/yr/dial.html
Dutton Children’s Books http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/pyrg-subguides.html
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers http://www.eerdmans.com/Pages/YoungReaders/EBYR-Guidelines.aspx
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children's Author
Lee and Low
*Website doesn’t say they accept unsolicited. But 2014 Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market says they publish 50% from unagented writers. How to contact: Margaret K. Mcelderry Books, Imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, Simon & Schuster, 1230 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10020. (Justin Chanda, vice president, Karen Wojtyla, editorial director, Gretchen Hirsh, associate editor, Ann Bobco, excutive art director.
Peachtree Childrens Books
Price Stern Sloan
Walker and Co.
*Website says Bloomsbury doesn’t accept unsolicited. However the 2014 Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market lists Walker & Co. does accept unsolicited. Send SASE and complete picture book manuscript to 175 Fifth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010. (Contact either Emily Easton or Mary Kate Castellani, editor)
Albert Whitman and Co.
*Website says they weren’t accepting unsolicited until Jan. 2014. So they should be now.
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