Written by Emily Harstone April 17th, 2014

Sky Pony Publishing: Accepting Book Manuscripts

Sky Pony Publishing is a division of Skyhorse Publishing, which we reviewed recently. Sky Pony is the division of Skyhorse that focuses on publishing work for children, they are also open to publishing Young Adult work as long as it intersects with other areas of interest for the publisher such as ecology, farm living, wilderness living, recycling, and other “green” topics.

They are currently open to submissions of picture books, books aimed at early readers, young adult novels with a “green” focus, midgrade novels, and informational books for children and young adults. They also consider books with special needs themes such as food allergies and ADHD.

Some of the titles of their most recent books include: Alpha Goddess, The Little Raindrop, Jonah and The Whale, and Dixie Wants an Allergy. They have also published a number of craft how to books and one sequel. Clearly, they publish a larger  range of books than just eco-friendly or educational books. Alpha Goddess, for example, is a science fiction influenced Young Adult book.

Skypony only considers work submitted electronically via email. They expect all work to be attached either as a word file or if it contains images as a jpg file.

When you submit include a query letter that contains  relevant information about yourself, including your publishing history, any institutional associations you have, your occupation, and a website link if relevant. If the book is informational include your qualifications.

In the past Sky Pony and more specifically Skyhorse had a number of complaints about alleged un-payment of authors. To learn more about it, read this thread here. But in the past couple of years things seem to have turned around significantly.

They do not specifically request a pitch or plot synopsis, but your query letter will look more professional with them. Also they do not mention anything about simultaneous submissions so you should be fine submitting your work elsewhere at the same time as long as you notify them if your work is accepted elsewhere.

To learn more or submit please visit their website here.


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