Submission Instructions and
For the Busy Business-Parent
Whimsical Bedtime Stories
for Children Of All Ages
proclaimed Bedtime-Story the Number One Children's Story
on the Web.
THIS IS THE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION
Since Its Debut in 1996 - Bedtime-Story has functioned as a
cooperative effort, giving talented authors and illustrators, both published
and unpublished, the opportunity to familiarize traditional publishers,
as well as the parents of young readers, with the quality of their creative
Bedtime-Story is designed
to encourage literary and artistic creativity. We mentor, and provide
editing as well as encouragement, to talented authors and artists whose
works will undoubtedly influence young minds. We support and encourage
a strong parent-child relationship. We select works for publication
that are judged to be as entertaining for the adult as they are for
the child, with the intent of fostering a positive shared experience
that will remain in the child's memory for years to come.
|| Besides, we like to read the stories ourselves...
Stories Accepted For Inclusion Receive
prominant exposure along with a short bio of the author/illustrator,
live contact e-mail link, (and, if the book is in print, a hyperlink
to the book's purchasing location*).
A Word About Qualifications for Submission Acceptance.
Anyone can write, and many sites will accept and publish literally anything
that's offered to them.
Bedtime-Story chooses to accept works by those who
Bedtime-Story requires its authors to think their stories
through. Plots must make sense. Rules of basic grammar must be applied.
Writing is expected to be cohesive, with the train of thought flowing
smoothly from one paragraph to the next.
And because many of the tales are read as Bedtime-Stories,
we request satisfying endings, which encourage pleasant dreams.
Lastly, the tale must be as pleasant for the adult
to read as it is for the child to hear.
Before submitting, please read the Editing
Illustrators requesting inclusion of their works will
encounter similarly high expectations. At Bedtime-Story, illustrations
are expected to not only compliment, but to concur with the story
line. Characters and scenes should be portrayed as originally
envisioned and intended by each Author. The world's best illustrators
take the time to not only read a story, but to make themselves aware
of subtle details and portray them accurately. We consider this the
mark of a professional.
is unable to accept tales which appear in other online story collections.
Illustrated tales featured on Bedtime-Story appear exclusively on this
All of which helps explains why Bedtime-Story is
considered the web's premiere children's story site.
When a representative work is accepted for online
publication by Bedtime-Story, the qualifications of the submitting author
or illustrator have been taken very seriously. If your work is as yet
unpublished, our editors will work with you to make sure your work represents
some of the best you are capable of producing. After all, your work
is going to be seen by a lot of people, and the calibre of stories we
publish reflects not only the quality of your workmanship, but
ours as well.
FOR THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Providing a no cost means for talented Illustrators
to showcase samples of their work, Bedtime-Story can accept
illustrations transmitted electronically in .gif or .jpg format,
or if you already have a web site, we can capture images you've
uploaded there. (Isn't this a better
idea than limited scope, expensive portfolio sites!)
We've got a steady stream of new stories----so
please tell us what type of tales your talents lend themselves
to---realistic adults or children, (such as work by Jonda
Eicher, Gilbert Young,
or Pamela Benjamin) , comic
or storybook figures, such as those by the multi-talented Jeff
Meyers, who illustrated stories about Goggle
and Gilbert Henry, Dennis Cox of
Dad Didn't Get It and The
Inventor, Stephen Sheen of Perhaps,
or illustrations such as those by the imaginative Cindy Remmers
who illustrated the tale The King
and The Cricket along with the "No
Monsters!" image seen above.
See a tale which says "Illustrations Courtesy
of Bedtime-Story"? This simply means there are interim
illustrations in place and the tale is available if you
wish to use it as an illustrator portfolio page. Tales such
as Tommy and The Emperor have
been illustrated by a Bedtime-Story staff illustrator whose
work has in some cases, been augmented by clip art and animations.
An Adventure For Tom and John, on
the other hand, did not use the staff illustrator, but employs
a creatively effective collection of animations and clip art.
Either way, our intent is to get the author's tale online as
quickly as possible.
A tale will normally have gone through the
editing process before being released to an illustrator, but
since we had one which was requested even before even the editing
process was begun, we preserved the unedited submission along
with the interim illustrations, to give you an opportunity to
look behind the scenes.
The Pig Who Wanted
Editing but with Interim Illustrations in place.
Editing, and now part of Illustrator Dennis Cox's portfolio
Got something special in mind for a story?
By all means, show us!
But please do pay attention to interim illustrations,
because that's likely to be the general style we're looking
for on that particular tale.
New opportunities for unused illustrations:
Have you ever prepared illustrations for a children's book
project which never got off the ground? Are the illustrations
gathering dust? Was the story a good one? If so, refer the author
here. If the illustrations were top notch but there's no longer
a connection with the author, let us take a look. There's an
excellent possibility a tale can be created to showcase your
Here's what to do. First, drop us a line and
tell us a bit about yourself . If you have a web page, give
us the URL so that we can take a look at some of your work.
If you're without a page and would like to send us a sample
instead, terrific! But FIRST please request
permission to submit it, telling us the file size, and
then do make sure your graphics file is in either .gif or
SUBMITTING YOUR TALE FOR
REVIEW - GUIDELINES:
Stories submitted to Bedtime-Story may be
any topic, but should generally adhere to the following Bedtime-Story
LENGTH: Keep story length to a reasonable
reading time, so a traveling parent won't go broke if the
story has to be read over the phone. If the story is broken
down into chapters, or you have an interconnected collection
of short stories, that's fine too. With longer tales, what
we look for is logical places for the reader to pause without
losing the thread of the story.
AGE GROUP: The parent should enjoy
the story as much as the child. We think this guideline may
be of particular importance. Grown-ups have short attention
spans, you know. Gear towards a mixed age audience if you
will please, say.... around age 6 on upwards to oh, maybe...Chairman
of the Board or thereabouts.
CONTENT: Whimsical, Magical, Adventurous,
Humorous or Imaginative, it's your choice. Just as long as
the story leaves the child with pleasant dreams.
SPELLING & GRAMMAR
GETTING IT RIGHT
How are your writing skills? A little rusty?
Well, an awful lot of people are going to be reading your
work. Here's an incredibly handy page that you'll definitely
want to bookmark. Let it act as a quick reference sheet. Quick
and Simple English Resources- Spelling, Grammar, Conjunctions,
it even has handy tips on often mispronounced words. WRITERS
AT TIME OF STORY SUBMISSION:
(1) FORM: Please simply cut and paste
ASCII* text of your story to an e-mail and send it to;
*WHAT's ASCII? That' simply the term for the plain text
used on basic e-mail communication. It's also the plain text
you find in your notepad and wordpad section. It has no special
fonts, no italics, no bold letters. It's just plain old vanilla
text. For example; If you were to type a story in Word, highlight
it, hit "copy", then open an e-mail page and hit
"paste", any special characters would disappear
in the transition, and it would appear as plain ASCII text.
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE AS A CUT AND PASTE ADDITION
TO YOUR SUBMISSION EMAIL:
"I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the
requirements for inclusion as specified on the Bedtime-Story.com
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION page. If my submission should be selected,
I grant permission for its inclusion."
(2) DON'T FORGET: Provide Bedtime-Story
with your complete contact information for our offline
files--(i.e.-phone,fax,address). If your story is selected
for inclusion, prior to publication we strongly recommend
that you obtain and begin to use a contact e-mail address
which is not going to be subject to change!
(3) Authors/Illustrators BIO: Using
the "About The Author" information which appears after The
Ragdoll as a rough guide
as to format, please provide Bedtime-Story with background
information about yourself.
*UNLIKELY OCCURRANCES WHICH COULD AFFECT
A COMPLIMENTARY PURCHASE LINK: IF an author requests,
accepts, and approves a complete set of illustrations
prepared by the Illustrator whose bio is featured adjacent
to the Author on the story page --(A "complete
set" is not to be confused with two to three "representative"
illustrations, or with "Interim" Illustrations),
and the Author subsequently wishes to publish the book without
incorporating the illustrations which contributed to the popularity
of the tale, Bedtime-Story is unlikely to offer a Complimentary
WHAT ARE AN AUTHOR or ILLUSTRATOR'S CHANCES
IN THE TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING ARENA?
Well, you already know you've got a lot of competition. There
are thousands of aspiring writers and illustrators, just like
you. The level of talent among your competitors can range from
extremely to not very. The thing is, authors and
illustrators are all competing for the attention of the very
Piles and piles of manuscripts arrive at
the offices of traditional publishers every day. Manuscripts
good and bad alike, are tossed into big wheeled bins of incoming
mail as they are readied for random distribution to the already
overflowing inboxes of professional reviewers.
The goal for the reviewer of course, is to
quickly skim through the daily pile, a keen eye often according
no more than a cursory glance at a manuscript, as the reviewer
diligently pans for that one gleam of pure gold which flashes
There's more than the publishers bottom line
at stake in this search. The reviewers professional career
and continued employment depends on consistently making the
right choice for the company. Oh occasionally, as with anything,
the game of who you know comes into play. Manuscripts
do bypass the pile. And occasionally, fair or not, a recognizable
"name", may hold greater influence than talent when
it comes to the final decision-making process. Would "Budgie
the Helicopter" have made it to print if the author
had been you instead of the Duchess of York?
Perhaps. Then again, perhaps not..
Traditional publishers don't have time to
do extensive editing and hand-holding. What you send is what
you're judged on. If your tale is not ready for prime time,
in most cases you'll have blown your chance for fame.
(2) PUBLISHING CONTRACTS:
exceptional talent may be offered additional
hard copy publishing opportunities, either singly, or
in conjunction with one or more Bedtime Story Authors
For example: Billy's
New Home, for Foster Children Everywhere, Author:Valerie
Busic, Illustrator: Jeff Meyers, has been published
by Bedtime-Story Books and is available directly from
the talented Author.
(3) SELF PUBLISHING
WHILE FEATURED AT BEDTIME-STORY:
Have You SELF-PUBLISHED?
When you couldn't catch the attention of a traditional publisher,
perhaps you went ahead and published your tale yourself. There
are boxes of books in the spare bedroom, and you're left wondering
"Now What?". Not to worry. Stories selected
for featuring on Bedtime-Story are provided with a Courtesy
Purchase Link* which may be pointed towards Amazon, or
similar, OR, if preferred, to your (safe-surf) personal
or business web site(s) from which your featured book may
be purchased. Want an example? Click on The
Boy Under The Bed )
Are You THINKING ABOUT Self-Publishing?
Some self-published authors were so anxious to get their work
in print that they didn't pause to look before they leaped.
Consequently, a lot of authors have gotten hurt by using Vanity
and Subsidy type publishers. If you want to self-publish,
you may wish to contact Bedtime-Story first.
We'll steer you away from the minefields, give you a few pointers,
and show you some practical options that could work to your
(4) AN OPTION FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS:
Authors With A Book
No Longer On The Shelf: Children's books published
by traditional publishing houses, stories still desirable,
but books destined for remaindering, possibly because of the
publishers accounting requirements, may also be submitted
for review. If you are still under contract, Author/Illustrator
must provide written permission for inclusion from the publisher.
Permission letter should state that if the tale is selected
for inclusion, Bedtime-Story is authorized to publish online
full text and representative illustrations of your tale, the
page for which will contain appropriate Publisher identification
and copyright information, Author and Illustrator bios, and
a link to the online ordering site specified by your Publisher.
Permission letter should contain Publisher contact name and
telephone number for verification purposes, and should be
faxed by Publisher to The Summerland Group - Bedtime-Story
Division - FAX: 800-282-4805. These stand-alone submissions
are not eligible for inclusion on Best-of Bedtime-Story except
by special request and permission from Publisher.
Bedtime-Story offers talented Authors
and Illustrators the means to get representative samples of
their work in front of the decision-making public, and to
independently publicize and market their published books online,
at no cost.
BETTERING YOUR ODDS FOR SELECTION
While there's no such animal as a
"sure thing", an advance submission to Bedtime-Story gives
an author significantly better odds towards book publication.
Like the traditional publishing houses,
Bedtime-Story reviews submissions with an eye towards marketability.
But unlike traditional publishing houses, if a submitted tale or
an illustration has potential, yet still needs work, instead of
simply rejecting it without comment, our reviewers will take the
time to mentor the Author and Illustrator, explaining exactly what
modifications could be used to earn the submission a second look
for inclusion on Bedtime-Story..
Tales which are accepted for
publication at Bedtime-Story are submitted to an author and illustrator's
toughest critics, the reading public.
As a result, an Author, and the traditional
publisher to whom the work may yet be submitted, are both better
able to make an informed decision as to whether or not the
tale should (or would) be considered for publication in book form,
based on the contents and quantity of the Author's fan mail. If
your story IS chosen for traditional publication, (or if you decide
to publish it yourself) Bedtime-Story, will, at no charge to you,
add a link, directing potential purchasers to either your own website,
or to your hard-copy publishers website, or to Amazon (or similar),
whichever of the three options you specify so that your fans may
purchase the hard-copy version of your tale. We offer the same courtesy
to Illustrators who may want to offer their fans framed prints of
their Bedtime-Story illustrations.
with the ideal venue from which
to assess true marketing potential of a tale. Every story is displayed
with either interim or professional illustrations. This offers a
reviewer the best possible vantage point from which to assess the
strength of an authors impact on readers.
There is no charge to the author.
the means to brochure their talent in the
best possible environment, that of well-written, Best of the Web
calibre tales which both showcase and compliment their artwork.
There is no charge to the illustrator.
Directors, Art Buyers and
other decison-makers the means to properly assess
an illustrator's full range of artistic expertise. It invites
them to view sample images in the context of entertaining short
stories. The viewer-friendly format conserves the valuable time
of the Art Buyer. It also permits an immediate determination
as to whether the work of the illustrator might be best suited for
single images (book covers, posters, etc.) or if the artist possesses
that unique ability to maintain the same character appearance
throughout a series of images, thus becoming an ideal candidate
for a book illustration contract. Since stories are grouped both
by category; (pets, bears, friendly monsters, dragons, etc.) and
alphabetically, listed by Author and Illustrator last names,
the viewer can quickly locate all samples of the illustrators work,
or quickly find a selection of "like-kind" images to consider.
There is no charge to the art buyer.
PUBLISHING FOR AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS
Periodically, Bedtime-Story will produce Best of Bedtime- Story
collections. Each story selected for inclusion in the Best of Bedtime-Story
editions will contain both the Author/Illustrator's contact information
and links to Author/Illustrator bios.
- Professional editing will be performed at no charge to Author.
IMPORTANT!: READ the EDITING
- Copyrights will remain the property of each Author/Illustrator.
- Permissions for exclusive Bedtime-Story website publishing, (with
or without future audio links to assist the visually impaired),
and reprints of submitted works in Best of Bedtime-Story
Collections or in conjunction with Educational Publications are
automatically granted by each Author/Illustrator. Permissions are
granted in exchange for FREE professional mentoring and editing,
and NO CHARGE showcasing of each of the samples of the Author
or Illustrator's, work which have been submitted and subsequently
accepted for inclusion.
Please note that Bedtime-Story will
not accept tales which have been submitted to other sites.
Inclusion on the Award-Winning
Bedtime-Story.com website is a distinction granted only to
authors who write WELL.
Your talent will have been judged
exceptional, and it deserves to be showcased in the company of similarly
well qualified Artists and Illustrators.
If desired, Authors/Illustrators whose representative works are
selected for inclusion in the annual Best of Bedtime-Story publication,
or in Best of Bedtime-Story Recordings, may choose (but are not
required) to participate in publishing profits by electing to
assume a representative share of publishing costs.
If you have sent an e-mail to Bedtime-Story and have not heard back
from us, there may be a problem with the e-mail return address shown
on your message and we have no other way to contact you. We do our
best to reply to messages within 48 hours of the day they are received,
but sometimes we're simply swamped with requests. Please verify that
you have typed your own e-mail address correctly, give additional contact
info in the body of the message (just to be on the safe side), and re-send
your inquiry. Thanks!
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