How do I submit a nonfiction manuscript written by my 9-year old son? It is 20 chapters and 92 pages long. I haven’t had any luck so far. We would really like to see it published.
I suspect the reason you are having trouble submitting your son’s manuscript to publishers, is because they rarely publish books written by children. You need to get your hands on The Market Guide for Young Writers: Where and How to Sell What You Write by Kathy Henderson. This book will tell your son how to prepare his manuscript for submission and it also has 156 kid-friendly market listings.
Many young writers, with the help of their parents, choose the self-publishing route. It helps build self-esteem, plus the experience is a hands-on education about the world of book publishing. However before you take that step, read Writer Beware’s article about Print-on-Demand Publishing Services. You will learn more about POD publishing, the pros and cons, and issues to consider. You will also find links to sites that compare and review the many different publishing services.
On the right side of this page you will also find links to online resources For Young Writers. What every young writer needs most of all is support and encouragement from a parent.