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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Publishing Trends/Calls for Submissions

Ever wonder what the next trend is in children’s books? What’s hot and what’s not? Here are some tidbits I’ve uncovered:

Bullying books are popular.

Informational/nonfiction books are on the rise.

Graphic novels continue to grow in demand.

Diversity in literature is requested by editors, parents, and teachers.

Strong female protagonists are standing strong in the marketplace.

No one knows what the go-to trend is going to be. Graphic novels, illustrations mixed with text, have been popular for the last few years and will probably continue the trend. Preteens and teens like novels-in-cartoons format.

Multicultural books have had time-honored acceptance. With 40% of the younger generation claiming a multi-cultural heritage, this trend will likely have a long shelf life.

The push for informational books in the education setting is having a positive impact on the publication of nonfiction books. This is true for picture books, as well.

I’m not suggesting that we write toward trends because many trends come and go as fast as the weather changes, but some stick around. Staying current with the publishing industry’s process can serve us well.

Happy writing.

Call for submissions for adult writers:

Hopscotch is looking for articles—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—that
deal with timeless topics, such as pets, nature, hobbies, science, games, sports, careers, simple cooking, and anything else likely to interest a young girl.
Submission guidelines at

Call for submissions for young writers:

New Moon Magazine focuses on girls, women, or female issues. New Moon Girls was created by girls and women for girls who want their voices heard and their dreams taken seriously. It is edited by and for girls ages 8 and up. New Moon Girls takes girls very seriously; the publication is structured to give girls real power. The final product is a collaboration of girls and adults. An editorial board of girls aged 8-14 makes final decisions on content for the magazine and website.
Submission guidelines at

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