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Blue Snake Kids — Call for Submissions

July 3, 2008

Do you teach martial arts to kids? Ever considered writing about it?

Blue Snake Books is now actively looking for manuscripts in a new area: martial arts books for children. Staying true to our mission of publishing in-depth books on a wide variety of authentic martial arts traditions, Blue Snake Kids will publish sophisticated, intelligent books to help foster young martial artists. We are especially interested in publishing books on single arts or disciplines (karate, tai chi, aikido, muay thai, jujitsu, etc.) but also encourage submissions on slightly broader topics: grappling arts, internal arts, practical self-defense, etc. Authors are also encouraged to submit books on multiple arts that are closely related.

WHAT WE WANT: Books that speak to kids in a language they can understand—without being condescending; training manuals with illustrations or high-quality photos; books designed to be interactive and entertaining (e.g. suggestions for training games, questions for the reader to think about). We especially want books that are intended to be used as a supplement to, not a replacement for, regular training with a teacher

WHAT WE DON’T WANT: Books that are overly simplistic and broad (e.g. “Respect your teacher; practice your forms every day; bow before entering the dojo.”); fiction, picture, or coloring books; books on obscure or not-widely practiced arts.

If you have a quality manuscript that you’d like to submit, here are our submissions guidelines. Feel free to forward and repost!

Mail a cover letter, proposal, and partial manuscript to:

Blue Snake Books Acquisitions Board
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Or email Terri in Marketing Communications:

Send a self-addressed stamped envelope for all responses!

The proposal should include:

  1. Table of contents
  2. At least three sample chapters
  3. Sample illustrations or high quality photos
  4. A 75-word statement describing the book’s intention
  5. Statement of your qualifications in this area
  6. A marketing plan
  7. Review of comparable titles: What are the two leading titles to which your book will be compared? How do they differ from your book?
  8. The length of your manuscript in double-spaced pages
  9. A few suggestions for foreword writers, and your ideas for back cover endorsements
  10. Your plans for promoting the book, including your ability to travel to workshops or speaking engagements with relevant organizations

We aim to respond to every submission we receive within three or four months. Submissions received without S.A.S.E.s (self-addressed stamped envelopes) may not receive responses.

Best of luck from the Blue Snake Books Acquisitions Team!

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