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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 email@example.com 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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Mother’s Day is just a little over one week away! It’s the perfect opportunity to show all the Moms in the world how much we appreciate them, so let’s get creative! Here are 5 ways to bond with Mom this Mother’s Day!
1. Play pretend!
Be a surgeon, an architect, or a mechanic! There’s nobody better to play pretend with than Mama!
2. Make a healthy snack!
We know we’re not supposed to play with our food, but if it’s with Mom, we know it’ll still be healthy!
3. Learn something new together!
Did you know that an Elephant’s closest relative is a Rock Hyrax? Maybe you and Mom can learn about some odd animals together!
Pull up a blanket and spend some quality quiet time with Mom!
5. Read a bedtime story!
After a long day of fun activities, prepare for bedtime and read a book together!
How do you plan on celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!
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This Sunday is Health Day! Here at blue manatee press, we strive to live happy and healthy lives every single day! We want to help you do the same! Here are 5 ways you and your family can celebrate Health Day!
1. Begin with mindfulness!
Mindful breathing is one of the fastest ways to find inner calm. Start your morning by closing your eyes and taking 3-5 slow breaths!
2. Learn Something New!
Pick up an instrument for the first time and play a few notes!
3. Make a healthy snack!
Eat a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables for that extra boost of energy!
4. Play with a friend!
Take your friend to the park and enjoy some quality playtime!
5. Get a good night’s sleep!
After a long, healthy day, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep to make every day Health Day!
How do you plan on celebrating Health Day? Tell us in the comments below, and make sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for your for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!
Spring is upon us! With warmer weather comes more opportunities to play outside! Here are 5 unplugged activities for you and your family this spring!Read More
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A new year is upon us! With a few days under 2019’s belt, it’s time to put to practice some of those new year’s resolutions! Here are 5 easy-to-follow resolutions for you and your baby to lead a healthy, mindful 2019!
1. Read more books!
Babies are constantly learning by sound! Read to your baby for 15 minutes a day from birth! They may not understand what you’re saying yet, but they sure do love the sound of your voice!
2. Learn a new language!
Learning more than one language is good for baby’s brain, and yours too! Being multilingual improves cognitive and social-emotional development, learning, and the chances for long-term success!
3. Get involved with nature!
Did you know that 1/3 of the food people and animals eat will only grow if pollinated by bees? There’s so much to learn and to teach yourself and your baby! Get outdoors to learn and play together!
4. Eat healthier!
Between 4-6 months of age, your baby is ready to have 1 to 2 tablespoons of plain, strained fruits and vegetables up to twice a day!
5. Slow down and embrace mindfulness!
Babies respond to your emotional cues, which makes it so important to self-soothe! Try mindful breathing or simply smiling, and you and your baby will feel more peaceful!
What are your new year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to follow blue manatee press on instagram @bluemanateepress for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!
Have you ever tried something and the first time around it didn’t go how you wanted? It can be disheartening for something to not work out how you envisioned it!
Well we’re here to tell you that it’s okay to make mistakes, and the important thing to do is to try again! But don’t just take our word for it—Cincinnati-based illustrator Erin Barker says that trial and error is all part of the process.
Who is Erin Barker?
Erin graduated from Asbury University with a fine arts and painting degree in 2011. After graduation, she went on to work in graphic design before dabbling in the world of illustration.
“I didn’t take it seriously as an option until I took a desk job that was a bad fit for me. I was really creatively starved during that time in my life, so I took on a lot of illustration projects on the side and worked on those in the evenings,” she says.
Try and Try Again!
Erin’s experience illustrating What Is Soft? put to practice the age-old advice we’ve all heard: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!
“A book is a totally different medium than anything else I’ve done,” she says. “It was a challenge for me at the beginning. I had some confidence issues. A couple of the first pieces I worked on, for whatever reason, they weren’t turning out the way I wanted them to. I think I set myself very high expectations that I have to get something right the first time. So it was slightly discouraging that I had to do something over again.”
That process of trying and trying again became an important life lesson for her. “You cannot always get things right the first time, and that’s okay,” she says. “In fact, the more you do it, the second or third one is always going to be better than the first one because you’re solving problems along the way. There are instances in the first one where something is captured that you cannot duplicate. But sometimes you don’t know the first trial is the best one until you do a second or third.”
We’re so excited about Erin’s future book projects with blue manatee press! “I definitely want to keep making books,” she says.
“I love storytelling! I’m working on two book projects, one I’m illustrating, and one I’m writing and illustrating. I’m really excited, but also a little nervous. They’re both really fun projects!”