Monday, November 19, 2007

Submissions


Updated 12/20/2013

Carolrhoda accepts limited solicited submissions from unagented authors. Announcements of these solicitations appear on this blog at irregular intervals. Carolrhoda does not accept unsolicited submissions or queries from unagented or unreferred authors, so please do not submit anything not described below. Note that if you attended a conference where I spoke, you may submit for the time specified at the conference. Please refer to the conference in the subject line of your email.

Here's what we're soliciting now: Andrew's YA call.

Here's how you should send it to us, if we're accepting:

Please email a very brief cover and your manuscript to carolrhodasubmissions@lernerbooks.com. Andrew is a notoriously inattentive query/cover reader and a fanatical reader of first pages (and you can assume the same for Anna and Greg), so let that be your guide to what we mean by "very brief." Include the word "QUERY" in the subject (We're not asking for queries. Just put the word in the subject line and ignore the contradiction). Please put the cover letter in the body of the email and include the completed manuscript as an attachment. Do not send partials. Do not include any portion in the body of the email. Microsoft Word or RTF files much preferred. PDFs are OK if you need to show illustrations. All non-compliant emails deleted with prejudice and without reply.

How should you address your email?

"Dear Anna or Greg or Andrew" are all fine, depending on who's calling. But read this so you'll know not to embarrass yourself by addressing it to "Dear Carol," "Dear Ms. Rhoda," etc.

What Next?

Response time will be maddeningly slow, probably a year. We're sorry. Remember, though, we're not asking for exclusivity, so submit elsewhere--just send an email if you're about to accept an offer so that we can rend our garments for missing out on your brilliance.

And that's it. Sorry, we are not considering paper queries or submissions and will not ever again do so.

61 comments:

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Janet Spaeth said...

If the manuscript is already submitted elsewhere, are you okay with that?

Andrew Karre said...

I don't require exclusivity. Just let me know if it's sold or about to sell.

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Janet Spaeth said...

Thanks, Andrew. That's good to know.

Hope all is well in the Cities--I hear it's warmer there than it is here (no big surprise, huh?). But the geese are flying north now--noisily!--so spring and then summer are sure things.

Shoshi said...

Are you willing to look at ms. that were subbed before but have undergone major revisions?

Andrew Karre said...

If I asked to see revisions, I'd be happy to see the book again. If I didn't, then please don't resubmit.

SFWA Bulletin Market Reporter said...

What are your pay rates? Thank you very much.

Andrew Karre said...

Carolrhoda pays advances and royalties like any trade publisher. We do not do books on for hire or on spec. Does this answer your question?

mythicagirl said...

Hello Mr. Karre,

Could you please tell me when (or if) the Carolrhoda lab site will become interactive?

Thank you.

Andrew Karre said...

If by "interactive," you mean when will the site feature previews of the books as well as video and audio from the authors, then I can say "soon." Did you mean something else?

mythicagirl said...

Hello Mr. Karre,

Thank you for addressing my question. I was wondering in addition to what you mentioned would be available on the site, if there would be interaction, where fans of the authors can join a group dedicated to their books. And maybe at some point a forum where your authors can give aspiring writers tips and mention where they'd be doing a signing or reading once their book is launched.

Thank you again for taking the time to answer.

kris f. said...

For some reason, I can't get to an email address when I click on the tab "click here to email". Is there another way to access an email address to submit a query?
Thanks,
kris

Andrew Karre said...

Send to: carolrhodasubmissions@lernerbooks.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrew,

I was just wondering if you would accept more than one manuscript from each author. I know some publishers only want one at a time.

Thanks for your time.

Andrew Karre said...

If you have several complete manuscripts, I'm happy for you to submit multiples.

Jennie Englund said...

Are manuscripts accepted through Friday or Thursday?

Thanks!

Andrew Karre said...

Any ms received by 11:59 on Friday night (April 30) will be considered. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

So... what's the count for a one-month open submission? Dozens? Hundreds?

JenKeller said...

What is your policy regarding artwork submissions?

Anonymous said...

Are your submission guidelines different for agents wishing to sub their clients work?

Andrew Karre said...

Submission guidelines don't apply to agents.

Imagination-Cafe Magazine said...

Hello;

Are you open to submissions yet? It's now late August.

Thanks :)

Sandie lee

Andrew Karre said...

No, I'm not open to submissions yet.
Thanks,
Andrew

Anonymous said...

Do you perfer a cover letter over a query?

Anonymous said...

Now that we're in the "maddeningly slow" territory of six months out from the April open period, should authors who subbed and haven't heard anything assume you're not interested?

Andrew Karre said...

If you haven't heard from me, then I haven't looked at the sub. I've never required exclusivity, so you're free to submit it elsewhere. I will do my best to get to each submission soon. Sorry I can't offer more closure than that.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Karre:

Will you still be accepting submissions in Oct. 2010?
If so, when should we send?
--Thanks

Gayle said...

Hello Mr. Karre,

You had mentioned to check back in December to see if you are accepting submissions. Are you accepting submissions?

J. E. Morris said...

Do you have a policy for the submission of illustration samples?

Anonymous said...

Are Cold Calls acceptable? If so, what are the guide lines?

Andrew Karre said...

I'm not sure what a "Cold Call" is, but if you mean unsolicited submission, then, no. I'm not taking them now.

Tina said...

First person only on bastards and rogues?

Andrew Karre said...

Any person will do, but it's a good question.

Lora1967 said...

I also review childrens books
Chaarmedone1512@aol.com

Anne said...

Right after I read your YA submission request re doomed romances pursued in spite of that knowledge, I saw for the first time the movie "Timer". Won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it, but it's a fun example of a couple knowing that their relationship won't last forever or end in marriage, and they go for it anyway.

M said...

Do you ever solicit NF PB or PB Biographies?
Thanks much!

Andrew Karre said...

M:

I never have solicited NF or PBs (or PB bios). I don't really need to, so I doubt I will, but I wouldn't say never definitively. (I do have a vague idea for a picture book bio call, but it will be later in the year if it happens.)

-AK

M said...

Thanks. Any hints on your vague idea? Do you accept queries?

Andrew Karre said...

No to both.

lmb said...

I'm confused. You don't accept "unsolicited queries" fomr unagented writers. But right now you are "soliciting" YA novels. So does that mean unagented writers are good?

Andrew Karre said...

Correct. Any author may answer the solicitation, regardless of agent.

Ally Hayes said...

so excited you are accepting submissions! editing, editing, and polishing before I hit 'send'
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Carolrhoda, is there a word count minimum? Are you looking for fiction or non-fiction?

Andrew Karre said...

The submission call closed earlier this month. I am NOT open for anything right now.

Anonymous said...

This may be off-topic, but I'm just curious. Why are there so many MORE writers of children's books nowadays, then ever before in history? The field seems to be completely clogged by so very many writers! So...why is this, I wonder?

Michele said...

I have a book that I self published, may I send you a copy of it?

Andrew Karre said...

No, thank you. I'm only interested in new work. Congratulations on your book.

Bookmeup said...

Don't ask me why, but I wonder if your name, KARRE is pronounced the way it looks. (Like the sound of CAR)

I also wonder is it a coincidence that your last name happens to be a take on the pen name John le Carré, aka David John Moore Cornwell, the British author of espionage novels.

If you respond, fine. However, it not really necessary. Besides, I rather you keep up the work of publishing my manuscript. hehehe

Andrew Karre said...

The name is pronounced "car." The resemblance to the spy novelist is coincidental.

History Tunes said...

Hi Mr. Karre... ready for submissions yet?

Andrew Karre said...

No.

LMMiller said...

Mr. Karre, do you respond to every manuscript submitted to you?

Andrew Karre said...

Ideally, yes. Eventually.

Liz Penney said...

Hi, I submitted in April 2012 at your invitation. Are you still considering anything from then? Thanks. Flinch is my book.

Jenna Lehne said...

Are you still going through last October's subs?

Andrew Karre said...

Yes.

Jan said...

Hi, Andrew,

I submitted for the January debut novel call, but I'm now considering just doing the self-publishing route via the Kindle Direct Publishing program. If I do so, would I need to make a formal withdrawal from consideration due to the self-publishing, though done AFTER my submission to you, negating my debut-ness?

Andrew Karre said...

If you self-publish, I'd appreciate knowing. I don't consider self-pub'd books.