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Submission Guidelines

Please Note

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on our workflow and the overwhelming number of submissions we’ve received recently, we are expecting prolonged review periods. While we normally hope to review submissions within a month of receiving them, we are presently experiencing three month delays. Please be patient with our acquisitions team. We endeavor to respond to every submission we receive.

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.

Elinormal Set

$24.95

Eleven-year-old Elinor Malcolm just wants to be normal. Lonely, she goes in search of her best self and a best friend.

 
In Elinormal, her bossy mom threatens to sue if Elinor is not granted a spot in a prestigious ballet academy. The problem is, Elinor has no interest in ballet. While sitting out the first class in an area park she meets Indira who helps her realize that she is a capable and kind individual. Elinor opens up and makes a friend at school who enjoys all the same things she does. The people in her life finally converge—secret identities are revealed, and Elinor has an epiphany about the nature of relationships and the power of love.

 
In the sequel, New Girl: The Further Adventures of Elinormal, Elinor is ready for the first day of seventh grade when a last-minute phone call turns her world upside down. She misses the first week of school and when she gets back she’s called “the new girl” even though she’s not. Elinor quickly learns that people are complicated and relationships take work. Lots of work. As she discovers who she is, who she wants to be, and what she wants most in life, she struggles to balance friendships, both old and new, while also unraveling her mother’s mysterious past.

 
Both of these delightful books explore the complexity of friendships, the reality of disappointments, and the trouble with secrets.

 

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Meet the Author


 

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FOR READERS Ages 9-12 | Grades 4 – 8

FORMAT  SOFTCOVER | 5″ x 8″

ISBNs 978-1-952536-22-9 | 978-1-952536-34-2

The Cayuga Island Kids Series

$35.00$50.00

The Cayuga Island Kids series features a diverse group of big-hearted friends who work together to solve mysteries, have adventures, and organize community projects. They are fact detectives who think, brainstorm, research, and collaborate to uncover answers and puzzle out solutions. Above all, they are kind, helpful, smart, and resourceful kids who have lots of fun together.

 

These chapter books are perfect for 7- to 10-year-olds in 1st through 4th grade.

 

“Any book that begins with a map of an island is my kind of story. Enliven that setting with a diverse group of characters who are consistently kind—and bursting with curiosity—and you’ve got all the elements of a series that is alive with adventure, friendship, and mystery.”
~ James Preller, author of the Jigsaw Jones mystery series

 

Book 1: The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship

This entertaining mystery-history adventure is based on real events surrounding one of the biggest puzzles of the Great Lakes! The Cayuga Island Kids set off on a hunt for a certain kind of tree and instead unearth a cannonball thought to be from a treasure ship built right on their island that sank in 1679 and was never recovered. As they hunt for clues and follow leads, they discover that the island they live on is home to a whole lot of history. And, it turns out, a whole lot of mystery, too. We all have history in our own backyards, just waiting to be discovered by inquisitive, adventurous, and fun-loving fact detectives!

 

Book 2: The Adventure of the Big Fish By the Small Creek     

Moving from knowing something has to be done to getting it done takes determination, teamwork, and sometimes, looking in a new direction. In this award-winning second book in the series, the Cayuga Island Kids rescue a mallard caught in the plastic rings from six-pack of cans. Moments later, a girl on a bike carelessly tosses a plastic bottle in the creek. That’s when they decide it’s time for action. How the Cayuga Island Kids go from fishing a plastic bottle out of the creek to bringing the community together to build a recycling bin big enough to hold plenty of plastic makes for a lively adventure. Young readers will be entertained as they come to realize the importance of brainstorming ideas, teamwork, the value of community effort, recycling, and the promise of new friendships. Best of all, readers will cheer on the Cayuga Island Kids as they come to realize that, although we are each just one person, together we can make a BIG difference.

 

Book 3: The Case of the Messy Message and the Missing Facts

It’s fall as Book 3 of the Cayuga Island Kids chapter book series opens. Julian explores food science as he experiments with recipes for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Being a cookie sampler takes Mac’s mind off his troubles with fractions. Yoko practices for the school play tryouts, and Maya helps Ms. Choi with the Make-and-Take-Club. Lacey, of course, is searching for the next mystery to solve. And then two of Ms. Choi’s glitter pens go missing. The clues and evidence point to a suspect, but are the Cayuga Island Kids jumping to conclusions? When a classmate jumps to conclusions and shares false information about Julian’s cookies, the kids join forces to set the facts straight. And while researching explorers for a school project, the kids uncover misinformation that blurs the truth, and makes the reasons for being a fact detective crystal clear. Sorting through clues and evidence—just like research—means making sure you have all the facts, and not just a fraction of the truth. Young readers will cheer for the Cayuga Island Kids as they embark on this adventure involving misinformation, faulty assumptions, flour bugs, glitter pens, and chocolate chip cookies.

 

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Easter Basket Package

$35.00

Three beautiful children’s books with bunnies and birds and compelling stories promise to provide kids with a break from chocolate and jelly beans!

 

An endearing tale that captures the hearts of mothers and children of all ages. In The Chickadees and the Moon AboveMama Chickadee tells her chicks to look up at the moon and think of her; she’ll be looking at the same moon and thinking of them…Chickadee Tree will always be their home. It’s also a perfect gift for new mothers, empty nesters, and birdies who are leaving the nest.

 

Fluff, Puff and Stuff reveal their favorite hiding places. In this charming rhyming book, young readers enter the world of dust bunnies—which happens to be right beneath their their own bed! The Dust Bunnies is perfect for Easter baskets, spring cleaning season, and for any chore-resistant child.

 

And when the brief brilliance of a shooting star touches Clover the bunny’s heart, he is sad because he thinks it will be forgotten. Wise old Owl shows him how shooting stars, like those we love, are remembered forever. Clover and the Shooting Star is a story of wonder and hope housed in a sturdy board book format that is perfect for even the very youngest little bunnies.

 

Save by purchasing the Easter Basket Package!

 

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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.”

Free Speech and Why You Should Give a Damn

$19.95

Written by Jonathan Zimmerman, with cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Signe Wilkinson.

Across the political spectrum, Americans have demanded the suppression of ideas and images that allegedly threaten our nation. But the biggest danger to America comes not from speech but from censorship, which prevents us from freely governing ourselves.

In this brief but bracing book, historian Jonathan Zimmerman and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Signe Wilkinson tell the story of free speech in America: who established it, who has denounced it, and who has risen to its defense.

 

120 pages

5” x 7”

Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-952536-10-6

Exploring Science and Art

$19.95

Exploring Science and Art: Discovering Connections between the nature of Science and the Science of Art is a venture of discovery. Author and retired science educator, Mary Kirsch Boehm, guides readers through an examination of science with an artistic eye, introducing an integrated and often overlooked view of the two disciplines.

 

FORMAT SOFTCOVER

ISBN 978-1-942483-89-2

 

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Twelve Days Of Giftmas – The Wonders Of Nature

$40.00

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,—no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.” At First Light presents this beauty and majesty that only nature can bring. Nature is made by all sorts of plants and animals so this bundle includes a loganberry ornament.

 

FORMAT HARDCOVER

ISBN 978-1-942483-42-7

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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.

The F Words

$15.95

Sophomore Cole Renner knows teamwork inside and out from running cross-country at his multi-ethnic Chicago public school. He knows about
braving the elements and not getting passed in the chute. What Cole doesn’t know is how much he’ll need all of his mental and physical skills when the heavy doors of Cook County Jail slam shut on his father, a community activist; when his English teacher catches Cole tagging the school with the F word and sentences him to write two poems a week, each on a word that starts with F; when his best friend Felipe Ramirez runs for class president against the girl who dumped him; and when the school bully prowls the halls looking for Cole and the principal seems more interested in punishing Cole than the bully. As much as Cole wants to win meets, what he wants even more is justice—for his father, for himself, for Felipe, and for his fellow students. Cole learns that actions matter, but so do words. He takes his write words (in both Spanish and English) and turns them into the right words to fight for justice.

Check out The F Words book trailer!

 

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Those Fantastic Lives

$16.95

In Sides’ tender, brilliantly-imagined collection, a young boy dreams of being a psychic like his grandmother, a desperate man turns to paper for a
miracle, a swarm of fireflies attempts the impossible, scarecrows and ghosts collide, a mother and child navigate a forest plagued by light-craving monsters, a boy’s talking dolls aid him in conquering a burning world, and a father and mother deal with the sudden emergence of wings on their son’s back. Bradley Sides is an exciting new voice in fiction. Brimming with our deepest fears and desires, his haunting debut collection of short stories examines the complexities of masculinity, home, transformation, and loss. Tenderness is illuminated by magic realism, providing rays of hope in the darkness and igniting imaginations.

Softcover

ISBN: 978-1-952536-20-5

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BUFFALO BOOKS

Buffalo Heritage Press

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

Explore Canalside and the Erie Canal

$9.95

Pearl, the baby buffalo, loves learning about the history of her hometown, Buffalo, New York. With her trusty notepad and camera, she embarks on an adventure and meets some new friends. Join her as she explores Canalside and the learns about the historic Erie Canal.

 

Draw yourself on the new solar-powered Buffalo Heritage Carousel, color in the canal packet boat inside the replica Longshed, join Shark Girl for a photo, ride on a paddle boat, discover the Explore & More Children’s Museum–all on Canalside–and learn all about the historic Erie Canal along the way!

 

This coloring and activity book doubles as a self-guided tour of Canalside for families with young children. It contains activities suitable for youngsters from 4 to 10 years of age.

 

25 pages

$9.95

Twelve Days Of Giftmas – Buffalo Special

$40.00

On this eleventh day of Giftmas we offer both of our alphabet books:

B is for Buffalo: An Aerial Alphabet, with drone photography by the talented Christopher Hyzy that provides a magnificent overview of Buffalo’s architectural grandeur, from the Albright-Knox to Temple Beth Zion,

Buffalo From A to Z, Come Take a Tour with Me, led by the inimitable Bob Uffalo and featuring more than 60 iconic places to go and things to do, especially for kiddos (although we’ve found plenty of adults consulting this beautifully illustrated book).

Comes with a buffalo ornament.

FREE Calendar if you buy two sets of the bundle.

FREE SHIPPING & DELIVERY BY CHRISTMAS IF ORDERED IN ERIE COUNTY