We are committed to finding and developing new talent, whether you are a writer or an illustrator.
What sort of books are we looking for?
At Wacky Bee we’re concentrating on books for 3–9 year olds with our list falling into three sections – Picture Books for 3–6 year olds, ‘Little Bee’ books for 5–7 year olds and ‘Big Bee’ books for 7–9 year olds.
We will look at all types of subject matter but we’re particularly keen to bridge the gap between picture books and longer general fiction. We also want to make our readers laugh so we are looking for a strong element of humour, even if the story has sad bits as well.
What don't we publish?
We are not looking for young adult fiction, poetry or non-fiction.
How to submit
Because Wacky Bee is the publishing arm of The Writers’ Advice Centre our submissions process is slightly different from that of other publishers.
We are a small, fledgling company and, as such, can only publish a limited number of titles every year. In order to be considered for Wacky Bee we prefer that authors first use one of The Writers’ Advice Centre’s manuscript appraisal services. That way, we have the time and resources to steer potential authors in the right direction, increasing their chances of acceptance on submission.
We are looking for authors who are serious enough about their writing that they would probably want to use The Writers’ Advice Centre’s services anyway, regardless of the Centre’s connection with Wacky Bee. However, if you feel that The Writers’ Advice Centre isn’t for you, then Wacky Bee is also open to unsolicited submissions.
Please submit your manuscript – as a Word attachment – to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that we cannot respond to postal submissions.
For writers we will be operating on a royalty-only basis, no advance. Picture book illustrators will also be paid on a royalty-only basis. Illustrators for Little Bee and Big Bee books will be paid a flat fee, no royalties. Whilst we are happy to deal directly with writers and illustrators, we are also keen to hear from agents. However it’s important to remember that as a new and small company we are restricted as to how far we can negotiate when it comes to contracts.
There are occasions when, for various reasons, we can’t offer a traditional publishing arrangement for a new manuscript. In situations like this it may be possible to offer a partnership publishing arrangement. Manuscripts considered for partnership will still go through a rigorous assessment process and a publishing offer will only be made if we believe the manuscript has commercial potential and fits the Wacky Bee profile.
Our partnership arrangement includes a financial contribution from both Wacky Bee Books and the author towards the cost of publishing. Please note that this particular publishing model is still entirely selective and Wacky Bee Books will always share some of the costs of publishing and, therefore, some of the risk. This means that it is still in the interest of both publisher and author to make the project work.
This special publishing arrangement offers new, unknown authors the chance to have their work published by an established publishing house with all the back-up that one would expect, including editorial and production, sales and distribution, publicity and marketing and foreign rights’ sales.
If you would like to know more about our partnership publishing option, or feel that you would be a suitable candidate, please email us at email@example.com