Beginning Readers (Grades 1-3) should be more than 100 but less than 4,000 words.
Elementary Readers (Grades 3-6) should be between 3,000 and 20,000
Middle Readers (Ages 10 to 14) should be up to 40,000 - the closer the better.
Each level should have a minimum of 6 illustrations. Preferably:
Beginning Readers (Grades 1-3) one illustration per page of text
Elementary Readers (Grades 3-6) one illustration per 3,000 words
Middle Readers (Ages 10 to 14) one illustration per chapter
Use this program to determine your manuscript’s readability level: THE FLESCH GRADE LEVEL FORMULAS
We do not accept anything older than Middle Readers and are very strict with the content for middle readers - nothing that would cause it to be considered Young Adult.
If it is historical, science fiction or fantasy, consider sending it to Portals Publishing, LLC.
If it is Faith-based, consider sending it to BLISS Books, LLC.
Beginning, Elementary, and Middle Reader books in English and Spanish.
We would love to add other languages -- French, Haitian, Chinese, Klingon, etc. If you have a book that can be written in two different languages that fit with Gingersnap Press' ideals, please contact us!
Gingersnap Press offers two different contracts - one for authors who have/are their own illustrator and one for authors only. The difference between them is the amount of royalty offered. If you choose to go Author Only, we have an incredible in-house artist - Susan Krupp - who will do the illustrations at Gingersnap Press' expense. Susan works very closely with the author to ensure the illustrations are the best they can be.