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Congratulations! You’ve finished a manuscript!
That is no easy task, and you should be proud of yourself! Now you’re ready to submit that manuscript to publishers in hopes that they will choose your story!
Thinking about submitting to blue manatee press? There are only a few publishers who still accept unsolicited manuscripts, but before you hit that “send” button, make sure we’re the right home for you! Here are a few things to know about blue manatee press!
Who is blue manatee press?
If this is your first time with us, blue manatee press is an independent children’s book publisher of original board books and picture books with an emphasis on building readers from infancy. Our founder Dr. John Hutton emphasizes baby literacy by encouraging adults to read to children for at least 15 minutes a day as early as infancy.
Another major point of focus for blue manatee press is screen-free playtime—that means getting creative! Many of our titles support creative play, including the Baby Unplugged series and our ROYGBaby series, our rainbow-colored concept book series!
I’m ready to submit my manuscript. What do I do?
Submitting to the press is the easy part! But first, make sure we’re the right fit for your manuscript by reading and downloading our submission guidelines.
A few immediate questions to ask yourself:
Our board books are 14 pages (17 spreads) with no more than 100 total words. Does your board book fit this criteria?
Our picture books are no longer than 40 pages (20 spreads) and on average are no more than 1,000 total words. Does your picture book fit this criteria?
Once you’ve read our submission guidelines and you think your manuscript qualifies, send your completed book proposal as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with one of two subject lines: “Board Book New Submission” or “Picture Book New Submission.” If we are interested in your project, we will contact you within two to three months of submission.
I’m not sure my manuscript fits the criteria, so I’m nervous to submit to the press.
We’re a small (but mighty) team, which means we are unable to answer personal queries regarding our submission guidelines or if your manuscript fits the criteria.
So we say—submit your manuscript anyway! If we think your story has potential but will need some more work, that won’t turn us away from it! We’re happy to work with manuscripts that we see have a bright future with our editorial team!
If we are interested in your submission, then you will hear back from us within 3 months of when you submitted. We understand the excitement and anticipation it comes with creative work, so we appreciate your patience in us reading through all of the submissions we receive!
We hope this helps! Be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress to stay up to date with the latest from blue manatee press!
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Did you know that this Monday is Earth Day? We love celebrating the planet we call home! How much do you know about Earth? Let’s learn some new things about our planet together, and maybe you can share something you already know!
Earth is one of nine planets in our solar system!
From the sun (which is a big star!) it goes: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the dwarf planet Pluto!
Did you know how much of the Earth is made up of water?
71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered! Of that 71 percent, 96.5 percent comes from the oceans!
But that’s not all! Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the soil moisture, and even in you and me!
Then that means how much of the Earth is made of land?
29% of the Earth’s surface is covered by land! Deserts make up one-third of that number, but don’t worry—there’s still plenty of land for you to run around and play on!
One important flying bug helps keep our Earth happy and healthy! Do you know which bug that is?
Bees! They may seem scary, but bees are natural pollinators! Flowers provide the nectar and pollen resources that bees feed on. About one-third of the food we eat every single day relies on pollination, which means we rely on bees, as well as other pollinators like birds and bats!
What’s a fun fact about Earth you can share for Earth Day? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!
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The days are shorter and the nights are colder—yes, winter is officially here, the perfect time to jump into a new book! Here are our eight favorite spots to read in the wintertime!
1. With a view!
Too cold to go outside? Stay inside with a good book and read by the window!
2. By the fire!
Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up by the fireplace while you flip through the pages!
3. At a bookstore!
A bookstore is the best place to finish a book, because you can pick up another one right away!
4. In a café!
Grab a handful of your favorite books and get comfortable at your favorite local café or restaurant!
5. In a pillow fort!
Nothing screams “cozy” quite like a pillow and blanket fort!
6. At school!
Catch up on your homework early and spend down time in your favorite fictional world!
7. At the library!
Get happily lost in the stacks and stacks of books!
8. Cozy on the couch with your family!
A book is always better with a loved one!