Written by Emily Harstone October 3rd, 2013

ABDO: A Children’s Book Publisher

Update April 14th, 2022: They appear to be closed to all submissions for an undisclosed amount of time.

ABDO is an established publisher of children’s books. They publish a great deal of educational books for children. Currently they are  looking for fiction manuscripts. These must contain educational content and should be focused on children between the ages of 4 and 12. You can get a good idea of what they publish by visiting their website and scanning through their catalog.

Most of what they publish are not individual books but a series of books. So they prefer submissions to include the concept for a series and not just an individual book.

In order for your work to be considered for publication, send in a detailed outline of the manuscript and potential series, as well as introduction and two chapters. These two chapters don’t need to be the first two, they should be the two chapters that you consider to be the best.
If you are an illustrator submit three to five pieces that reflect your style and range. These can be hard copies or JPG images. Work will not be returned to you, unless you include a self addressed stamped envelope. Always make sure that everything you submit is a copy and not an original.
Make sure to include a cover letter that includes your particular skills and qualifications. You should also include your publishing history if you have any.
One of the few drawbacks of ABDO is that they do not personally respond to all submissions. If they reject your work they will not necessarily tell you unless you query. Do not query before six months has passed.
Submissions can be made via email or by post. Make sure when emailing to address your submission to the correct editor.  To read all the details visit their website here: Submissions.


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