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Cross Your Fingers
Submission Guidelines

Cross Your Fingers

Cross Your Fingers

For Cross Your Fingers, we are interested in books with engaging stories that will hook young people and encourage them on their journey to becoming lifelong readers. These books can be nonfiction or fiction, but the manuscript must tell a great story or capture readers with fascinating information.

In order to consider an early reader or middle grade book for publication, we need to receive the following:

  • A full manuscript, for fiction; a proposal with a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline for nonfiction. Please read our general Submission Guidelines and follow the formatting requests outlined.
  • An author bio and/or resume noting the author’s credentials and previous publication credits (if any
  • Estimated or actual length of manuscript in words and, for nonfiction, a complete table of contents
  • The author’s marketing outline, definition of the book’s target audience, a paragraph describing your books unique advantages, and a paragraph discussing the author’s ability and willingness to participate in marketing their book
  • A list of comparable or competing titles (including title, author, ISBN, release date/year and price point) and how your book is similar and different

Please fill out the form below with the information listed above to have your manuscript considered for publication.

Please note that we do not accept hard-copy submissions. We do accept both agented and unagented submissions.

We value each submission we receive, and we want to work with passionate authors. We strive to give each manuscript we receive fair consideration and to get back to each submission in a timely manner. You can expect to hear back from us within three weeks of submission.

Featured Titles

The Case of the Messy Message and the Missing Facts

$12.95 Available April 22, 2022.

Will officially release in July 2022

It’s Fall now and the Cayuga Island Kids are busy with homework, projects, and after school activities. But there’s still plenty of time for mystery and adventure!

In the third book in the Cayuga Island Kids chapter book series, Julian is exploring food science as he experiments with recipes on his quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Being a cookie sampler takes Mac’s mind off his troubles with fractions. Yoko is practicing gestures and facial expressions in anticipation of the school play tryouts. Maya is Ms. Choi’s helper in the after-school Make-and-Take-Club for younger crafters. Lacey is taking care of the little community library that Gram built—and searching for the next mystery to solve.

When two of Ms. Choi’s glitter pens go missing, Maya turns to Lacey for help. The clues and evidence point to a suspect, but are they jumping to conclusions? When a classmate jumps to conclusions and shares false information about Julian’s cookies, the Cayuga Island Kids join forces to set the facts straight. When the kids research explorers for a school project, they uncover misinformation that blurs the truth, and makes the reasons for being a fact detective crystal clear.

As the fall leaves turn color, the Cayuga Island Kids come to realize that sorting through clues and evidence—just like research—means making sure information is factual, and not just a fraction of the truth. Young readers will cheer for the Cayuga Island Kids as they embark on this latest adventure involving faulty assumptions, missing facts, flour bugs, and chocolate chip cookies.

Check out The Case of the Messy Message and the Missing Facts book trailer!

 

 

Click here to download Educator Guides and Activity Kits!

New Girl: The Further Adventures of Elinormal

$13.95 Available April 15, 2022.

 

A Spring 2022 release!

 

Elinor Malcolm is ready for the first day of seventh grade, when a last-minute phone call turns her world upside down, and she misses the first week of school. When she returns, she’s known as the new girl, even though she’s not.

 

In this sequel to Elinormal, Elinor learns all too quickly that people are complicated and relationships take work. Lots of work. As she’s discovering who she is, who she wants to be, and what she wants most in life, Elinor is balancing friendships, old and new. She’s also unraveling her mother’s mysterious past.

 

New Girl further explores the complexity of friendships, the reality of disappointments, and the trouble with secrets.

 

For readers ages 9-12 | Grades 4 – 8

Release date: April 15, 2022

180 pages, 5″ x 8″

Softcover ISBN 978-1-952536-34-2  |  $13.95

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

The Chickadees and the Moon Above

$14.95

Mother Chickadee loves her chicks very much. She knows that they will grow up and one day leave the nest. Her heart’s desire is that they become the best chickadees that they can be and find their place in the world. She tells them that no matter where they go, Chickadee Tree will always also be home. Wherever they roam, when they look up at the moon and think of her, she assures them that she’ll be looking at the same moon and thinking of them, too.

 

A beautifully illustrated and endearing tale that will capture the hearts of mothers and children of all ages. In addition to delighting young children, The Chickadees and the Moon Above is also perfect for new mothers, empty nesters, and little birdies who are leaving the nest. It promises to become the go-to Mother’s Day and graduation gift, as well a lovely baby shower present and an Easter basket treat.

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40 pages
6.5 x 6.5″
Hardcover Only
ISBN: 978-1-952536-03-8

 

 

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

Hello! A Welcoming Story

$14.95$19.95

Meet Habiba, Aleksander, Malee, Elisa, and Dinesh. They have left everything they have ever known and arrived in a classroom in a new country. Meet Grace, Jaylyn, Cameron, Miguel, and Yu. They have never lived anywhere else. Hello! is the journey through the challenges that young refugees must navigate to find a sense of belonging in a new place. Flip it over and this two-books-in one also tells this story through the eyes of the students who receive them in the classroom. In this Welcoming Story, all discover the power of embracing differences. Young refugees have traversed the world, escaped violence, and yet still struggle with the sense of identity forged in the way they dress and the foods they eat. The youngsters in this book encourage each other to be their unique and authentic selves. It is powerful for children to imagine themselves on both sides of this shared experience. It will elicit complex and important conversations with students of any age. Share this diverse book with your children and grandchildren, with your students and their teachers, and with your new neighbors. Experience the joy of feeling accepted and remember the power of Hello!

 

Click here to download Educator Guides and Activity Kits!

 

Check out the Hello! A Welcoming Story book trailer!

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