Before submitting an email query, make sure your manuscript fits the following criteria:
is a fiction picture book (NOT: a concept book, non-fiction, an early reader, a chapter book, or a YA novel)
has a universal theme (but no holiday themes, and no talking inanimate objects)
deals with family or social situations
targets 4-8 year olds
is between 500-1,000 words
feels like a Flashlight book (Please read about our books to determine whether your story really feels like a fit.)
If your manuscript meets our criteria:
send a query email describing your story (plot, word count, target audience, what makes this story unique) and a bit about yourself, to Shari Dash Greenspan at submissions@FlashlightPress.com
do not send snail mail queries. We disregard and recycle all snail mail submissions.
no attachments (Type your query into the body of the email.)
do not send your full manuscript (neither attached nor pasted into the email).
you will receive an automated reply that we received your email query.
if we wish to see your full manuscript, we’ll let you know by email within a month or so. If you do not receive an email requesting your full manuscript, please realize that your story was not considered a fit for our line.
Manuscripts, when requested, will be evaluated within three to four months.
Important tip: unless you are also an artist, do not include illustrations with a requested manuscript.
Explore our site to be sure that your style could be a fit.
Please do not send any samples by snail mail - we are going paperless and will recycle all paper samples we receive.
Instead, please prepare an email into which you have pasted a few jpegs.Then we don't have to open any files and can easily view your samples.
Include links to your online portfolio in your email.