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Guidelines for Parenting Press
We’re glad you’re thinking about Parenting Press as a potential publisher for your material. To help you determine how well your material fits our publishing program, please read the information that follows and browse our web site.
Parenting Press’s goal is to offer useful books that teach practical life skills to parents, children, and the people who care for them. The books are nonjudgmental in attitude, useful to people with many different value systems, and full of options rather than “shoulds.” They are short, easily understood, and present material in a fresh way. All books are field tested prior to publication by a variety of people in a variety of settings. Parenting Press emphasizes practical skill-building information, based on sound theory and wide-ranging everyday experience.
If you are interested in illustrating for us, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
What We Do NOT Publish
There is a vast array of books that might be judged suitable and practical for parents and children. Parenting Press does not publish all of them. Please study our web site, which shows the books we have published, to get a better idea of the suitability of your manuscript for Parenting Press.
This is a general list of material not suitable for Parenting Press:
How to Submit a Manuscript
Please tell us about you:
Tell us about your idea:
What we need to see in writing:
What we will do after receiving your material:
How We Develop a Book
Once we are convinced your material is appropriate for Parenting Press and has a sufficiently large and obtainable market, we will offer you a contract, provide you with specific instructions on how to submit your full manuscript, and give you a schedule. The schedule will cover editing, field testing, revisions, final title development, illustrating (if any), design, proofreading, and printing. As a project moves through the editorial and production processes, we will also set up a schedule for marketing and promoting the book. It is extremely important that you understand that your enthusiastic, active, cooperative participation is crucial if your book is to be as successful as possible.
Parenting Press pays a royalty on net receipts from most sources of sales. If there is more than one author, or if there is an illustrator equally involved, the royalty is split between or among all the parties. Modest royalty advances are also possible. When appropriate, Parenting Press actively seeks special sales and foreign translation rights sales for the books, and authors receive income from these sales, too.
Parenting Press books are intended to be “modern classics” and usually remain in print for many years (some are now in their third decade). When their authors are actively involved over time, sales are greater than otherwise, directly affecting royalties.
Carolyn Threadgill, Acquisitions
Parenting Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 75267
Seattle, WA 98175-0267
Follow-up inquiries: E-mail our editorial department
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Last updated October 03, 2011