SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Manuscript Wishlist

Yeehoo Press is dedicated to publishing fun, enchanting, and socially responsible children’s books for audiences around the world. Our books are published and sold in simultaneous English and Simplified Chinese editions. Yeehoo Press has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, California, and Shanghai, China. We are a boutique press publishing 10 to 15 books per year, so we give each book on our list specific focus and a dedicated promotional push.

Yeehoo Press currently has an open submissions policy. We’re looking for fictional and non-fiction picture books, both text-only and author-illustrator projects, aimed at ages 3-8.

We’re particularly interested in:

  • A clever combination of fiction and non-fiction
  • Natural science titles focusing on sea creatures, microorganisms, ecosystems, etc.
  • Underrepresented voices with universal messages, especially those with Asian heritage.
  • Hands-on experiences, such as problem-solving, cooperation, etc.
  • Stories modeling critical thinking, such as analytical thinking, open-mindedness, etc.
  • Stories exploring self-identification and identity
  • Intergenerational family stories
  • Stories highlighting international and multicultural foods and cooking
  • Neurodiverse characters who are the heroes of their own stories
  • Books about environmental conservation and stewardship

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to Yeehoo Press. Please familiarize yourself with the submission guidelines below to ensure that we are the right match for you and your work. Due to an overwhelming number of submissions we receive each week, please note that if you have not heard from us in six months, we are not interested at this time. No exclusive submissions are required as you may submit your work to other publishers at the same time. 

For All Submissions:

  • Send all submissions via email.
  • Attach text-only manuscripts as Microsoft Word attachments. File sizes cannot be larger than 2MB.
  • Send art sample, dummy and other materials via a link.

For Picture Books:

For Writers:

  • Original fiction and non-fiction titles for children ages 0 to 8. 
  • Up to 1000 words (not including art notes and/or back matters).
  • Include a query letter in the body of the email.

           Your query letter should include the following:

  • Synopsis, pitch, age range.
  • A bio that describes your occupation, publishing history, social media presence, whether or not you are represented by an agent, and any other information relevant to your submission.
  • Please include titles of up to three comparable books published over the last ten years. Such books should have an audience close to your book in the marketplace. 

For Illustrators:

  • Include URL of your website or online portfolio, with at least ten art samples, including cover design, character design, interior page sample, black and white sketch, and full-color rendering. 

For Writer-Illustrators:

  • Up to 1000 words (not including art notes and/or back matters).
  • Include a query letter.
  • Include URL to a PDF dummy in spread layouts, with cover design and at least two full-color spreads. 
  • Include URL of your website or online portfolio. 

Payment: advance against royalty.

Email Instructions:

  • Send email to submissions@yeehoopress.com
  • The email subject line must read: “PB: (story headline) by (author’s name)” or “ART by (illustrator’s name).”

For Other Genres:

We’ll publish storybooks, chapter books, and middle-grade books in Chinese edition only. The submissions could be in English or Chinese.

Word count:  Up to 50,000 words.

Query letter (in body of email) should include the following:

  • Brief story pitch
  • Short bio mentioning previous publications or other background information relevant to your story
  • Please provide titles for up to three comparative books published in the past five years. These should be books that have a similar audience to your book and that you feel will compare with your book in the marketplace. Briefly explain how your manuscript is different from these books.

Please include the following sample materials:

  • Story synopsis and/or chapter summary
  • Full manuscript
  • Attach manuscripts as WORD documents (preferred) or PDFs

EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Send email and attachments to submissions@yeehoopress.com
  • Subject line should read: “QUERY: (story title) by (author name).”
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