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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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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!
Mark Powers wants to teach children all about reading, music, and more! Get to know the blue manatee author here!Read More
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