TOPIC: Tips for researching and developing a submission contact list.
Suggestions for generating a contact list:
Faculty lists for conferences. Ex: list of ADs attending SCBWI Bologna 2010
Member listings at the Children's Book Council site
SCBWI market lists (available for download to members only at http://www.scbwi.org/)
Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market; new edition published annually
Harold Underdown's Who's Moving Where? page at The Purple Crayon
Interviews on sites such as IllustrationMundo
Browse the publishers' list at JacketFlap
Compile your own database from items in PW's Children's Bookshelf (free online newsletter) and Publisher's Marketplace (online subscription news service)
Networking! Make use of contacts you meet at conferences and on the internet.
Always, always double-check any listing with the publisher's web site before contacting them.
Focus on targeting the "right" ADS, rather than using a shotgun approach.
Postcards are still the preferred form of contact--4" x 6" is standard. Include a link to your web site or online portfolio.
Chatters suggest using an Excel spreadsheet to maintain your list and keep track of mailings and submissions.
Samples of recent mailings shared by chat participants:
@NVCrittenden: http://www.ninacrittenden.com/ (Splash page image)
@KatGirl_Studio: front & http://www.katgirlstudio.com/4x6_postcard_3-15-2010_back.jpg
@DiandraMae shared this link of another illustrator's promo retrospective:
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