Monday, July 19, 2010

James Lorimer & Company seeks middle grade and young adult authors

Adrenaline High by Christine Forsyth,
a book in the SideStreets series
James Lorimer & Company is looking for writers to contribute to its children's series: Streetlights, for ages 8-10, see examples here; Sports Stories ages for ages 9-12, see examples here; and SideStreets for ages 13+, see examples here. Only realistic, contemporary fiction. Canadian authors only.

Update June 13, 2011:
The company is now also seeking Recordbooks
* Interest Level: ages 11 and up
* Reading level: grades 3-5 (hi-lo)
* Length: 15,000 words
* Genre: Nonfiction

Recordbooks are nonfiction biographies that explain how one athlete or group of athletes overcame issues to succeed at sport. These issues can include, gender, race, or political or economic barriers. . Profiled athletes/teams are to be Canadian or Canadian-born, or have had a significant influence on Canadian sports history. We are emphasizing sports figures who are meaningful and appealing to contemporary readers rather than historical figures who have no immediate appeal for our audience.

Before you submit, please read the following books to get a sense of what we�re looking for:
Choice of Colours by John Danakas
Knockout! By Rebecca Sjonger
Crazy Canucks by Eric Zweig

Manuscripts should be mailed to:
Attention: Children's Book Editor
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
317 Adelaide Street West
Suite 1002
Toronto, ON M5V 1P9

Full submission guidelines here.
Brian Henry has a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop coming up on on August 20 in Oakville. (See here).

Also, Brian is leading "How to Get Published" workshops on August 27 in Woodstock, Ontario, (see here) and on September 24 in Guelph with guest Monica Pacheco of the Anne McDermid literary agency. Monica specializes in representing middle grade and YA authors (see here).

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, Orangeville, Barrie, Woodstock, London, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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