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Submission Guidelines

The City of Light has six unique, vibrant neighborhoods. Learn more about each one below.

Should you choose to submit a manuscript for consideration,
please comply with the following formatting requests to ensure our editors can easily review your work:

Please use a standard, 12 pt. (Times New Roman is fine; no need to be fancy!). Please also double space your manuscript, include paragraph indents and omit any “double spaces.” (It was a common practice to include two spaces after every period in the past. That is no longer the case, and should we choose to move forward with your manuscript, we would ask you to comply with this formatting anyhow.)

Thank you for making it easy for us to consider your wonderful work!

CrissCross AppleSauce
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS

CrissCross AppleSauce

CrissCross AppleSauce publishes picture books that inspire and educate children of all ages. Gather ‘round, sit criss-cross applesauce, and read stories.

Kite to Freedom

$12.95$16.95 Available September 1, 2020.

The Story of a Kite-Flying Contest, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the Underground Railroad

Can a kite change history? Katie and Homan’s did.

 

When engineers were faced with the challenge of bridging the vast Niagara Gorge, the solution was a kite-flying contest. After Katie and Homan’s kite crosses the gorge and wins the contest, construction begins on the first suspension bridge to connect the United States and Canada. The two friends are there as it becomes an important link on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom.

 

Even as her parents try to shield her from the ugly existence of slavery and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, Katie discovers that the scary truth is closer to home than she could have imagined.

 

Kite to Freedom is an action-packed, fictionalized account of actual events that occurred during the construction of the Niagara Falls International Suspension Bridge, which still connects the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls.

 

Cross Your Fingers

102 pages 

Suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years old 

The Monster in My Basement

$14.95$19.95 Available September 1, 2020.
There’s a monster in Dave’s basement! His name is Howard and he’s very hungry. Howard invites Dave to dinner. But will Dave eat dinner or BE dinner? The thought makes Dave shake a little bit, shake a little bit, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Has Dave made a big mistake?

The Monster in My Basement began as a song called Howard the Monster. (The author is a children’s musician too!) Listen to the song here and read along with the music and lyrics printed in the back of the book!

Give a Book! (Donation)

$10.00

Be a light.

Read books. Share books. Give books. 

Add this to your cart to donate a book to a child in need!

In the “Notes” section of your order, please let us know if you would like to be credited as the donor inside the book. If you would, please let us know what name you’d like the book to be donated by. If you’d like to remain anonymous, please write “Anonymous” in the “Notes” box.

Example: 

Donated by John Doe

May 20, 2020

The first beneficiary of City of Light’s Give a Book program will be Oishei Children’s Hospital. For every book you virtually donate a book between now the end of June, a child will receive a brand new, beautiful book.

 

 

Cross Your Fingers
EARLY READER AND MIDDLE GRADE

Cross Your Fingers

Cross Your Fingers is our middle grade and early reader imprint. Cross Your Fingers books are chapter books for young readers with engaging and educational stories that will keep them hooked on reading as a lifelong passion.

Cross Your Heart
YOUNG ADULT

Cross Your Heart

Cross Your Heart publishes young adult books that explore the joys and perils that every young adult can relate to as they navigate their own coming-of-age story.

New Idea Press
NONFICTION

New Idea Press

New Idea Press publishes innovative non-fiction books. We call these “Books that make the lightbulb go on.”

City of My Heart

$19.95$24.95 Available October 15, 2020.

Intimate Reflections and Recollections – Buffalo, New York 1967-2020

City of My Heart is about a man, a city and the ancestral ties of family, faith, heritage and place that bind people to each other and to their community. Accompany Mark Goldman on his more than fifty-year journey as this New York City boy finds meaning and purpose by wrapping himself in the blanket of Buffalo, New York’s history, creating intimate and passionate ties to the people living in its rich, diverse and declining neighborhoods. City of My Heart combines autobiography and narrative history in a unique and compelling way. An ode, a paean to the Buffalo he not only came to know but helped to grow, a city whose spirit lured him in, and to which he, in turn, has long and joyfully given back, it reveals as much about the city as about its iconic author.

 

Buffalo Heritage Press

 

Supernatural Shakespeare: Folklore and Magic in Merry England

$19.95$24.95 Available September 15, 2020.

Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s magical world, filled with supernatural encounters with faeries, ghosts and witches. Frolic with royalty, wander through forests, and experience love layered with enchantment. The Bard’s use of these fantastical phenomena has had a tremendous and enduring influence on authors and audiences for more than four centuries. But what are their origins? Explore the folk beliefs and literary sources that influenced Shakespeare and discover how he assembled his own masterful portraits of these phenomena, giving his plays vibrant life and his characters unforgettable personalities.

Olmsted’s Elmwood: The Rise, Decline and Renewal of Buffalo’s Parkway Neighborhood, A Model for America’s Cities

$29.95$39.95 Available April 20, 2021.

The fascinating story of the historic Elmwood District is told for the first time, from the arrival on the Niagara Frontier of Joseph Ellicott, through the role played by Fredrick Law Olmsted’s parks and parkways, and into the decline and renewal during modern era. This lushly illustrated book educates and enlightens, telling the stories of the people who gave Elmwood its enduring character, transforming it from dense forest into one of America’s top ten neighborhoods.

Blacklight Press
FICTION

Blacklight Press

Blacklight Press publishes innovative fiction books. This imprint is filled with stories that, like a blacklight, reveal to us things that we may not have seen before.

Impeachment

$16.95 Available October 1, 2020.
Billionaire industrialists Sheldon and Richard Haft are accustomed to manipulating the system to achieve their agenda, but when they decide the government isn’t serving them as well as it could, they decide to take it to the next level. Richard stumbles upon the Angels of Democracy, a group of Good Samaritans headquartered on Southern California near the Mexican border. What if the brothers take a chunk of their considerable fortune and fund the group into a paramilitary force capable of changing society?

The outcome yields chaos on the nation’s southern border, upheavals in the highest levels of government, and a new America which could not have been envisioned—except by the Haft brothers themselves.

 

Blacklight Press

Confessions of a Gentleman Killer

$16.95 Available September 15, 2020.
The papers call me “the gentleman killer.” I wrapped the throat of my first victim in the silk scarf with which I strangled her. That’s what passes as a gentleman these days.
I ask you: How do you reconcile a man who is capable of deep, tender love (because I’ve felt it), a man, who—by public standards—is a health reformer, assistant to the future British Prime Minister, and the son-in-law of a wealthy industrialist, but who, when the moment overtakes him, kills women? I don’t know what to make of it myself, but that’s me. I’ve been told I have a philosopher’s mind, that I’m ambitious and can do anything I set my mind to—but sometimes my sadomasochistic tendencies get the better of me.
I don’t venture judgement—on myself or anyone else. I’ll leave that up to you.
My name is Kilcairn, and these are my confessions.

Kite to Freedom

$12.95$16.95 Available September 1, 2020.

The Story of a Kite-Flying Contest, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the Underground Railroad

Can a kite change history? Katie and Homan’s did.

 

When engineers were faced with the challenge of bridging the vast Niagara Gorge, the solution was a kite-flying contest. After Katie and Homan’s kite crosses the gorge and wins the contest, construction begins on the first suspension bridge to connect the United States and Canada. The two friends are there as it becomes an important link on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom.

 

Even as her parents try to shield her from the ugly existence of slavery and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, Katie discovers that the scary truth is closer to home than she could have imagined.

 

Kite to Freedom is an action-packed, fictionalized account of actual events that occurred during the construction of the Niagara Falls International Suspension Bridge, which still connects the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls.

 

Cross Your Fingers

102 pages 

Suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years old 

buffalo heritage press logo
BUFFALO BOOKS

Buffalo Heritage Press

Buffalo Heritage Press is committed to telling the stories of Buffalo, New York, one beautiful book at a time.

City of My Heart

$19.95$24.95 Available October 15, 2020.

Intimate Reflections and Recollections – Buffalo, New York 1967-2020

City of My Heart is about a man, a city and the ancestral ties of family, faith, heritage and place that bind people to each other and to their community. Accompany Mark Goldman on his more than fifty-year journey as this New York City boy finds meaning and purpose by wrapping himself in the blanket of Buffalo, New York’s history, creating intimate and passionate ties to the people living in its rich, diverse and declining neighborhoods. City of My Heart combines autobiography and narrative history in a unique and compelling way. An ode, a paean to the Buffalo he not only came to know but helped to grow, a city whose spirit lured him in, and to which he, in turn, has long and joyfully given back, it reveals as much about the city as about its iconic author.

 

Buffalo Heritage Press

 

Olmsted’s Elmwood: The Rise, Decline and Renewal of Buffalo’s Parkway Neighborhood, A Model for America’s Cities

$29.95$39.95 Available April 20, 2021.

The fascinating story of the historic Elmwood District is told for the first time, from the arrival on the Niagara Frontier of Joseph Ellicott, through the role played by Fredrick Law Olmsted’s parks and parkways, and into the decline and renewal during modern era. This lushly illustrated book educates and enlightens, telling the stories of the people who gave Elmwood its enduring character, transforming it from dense forest into one of America’s top ten neighborhoods.

The Fine Art of Capturing Buffalo

$29.95

More than 200 beautiful color photos showcase the breadth and diversity of Buffalo’s embarrassment of riches from the vast expanse of parks and gardens, architectural treasures, and the arts and cultural scene, to its proud past and positively brilliant future. It’s a visual celebration of the waterfront, colleges, fairs and festivals, and the amazing spirit of our neighborhoods.The Fine Art of Capturing Buffalo is the perfect gift for family, friends, clients, co-workers, and potential employees.