Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Simply Read Books. We specialize in high-quality, unique picture books and fiction. Before submitting, please browse our website, bookstores and libraries to look at and read what we publish. This will give you an idea of whether or not your story or illustrations would fit with our list.

Guidelines for Writers

Simply Read Books is presently seeking manuscripts in the following genres:

  • Picture Books
  • Early Readers
  • Early Chapter Book
  • Middle Grace Fiction
  • Graphic Novels

In General

  • Simply Read Books does not accept submissions or queries via e-mail or on disk
  • Please do not include a self-address, stamped envelope for reply.
  • Being a small house, we unfortunately do not send back manuscripts or respond to a submission unless we are interesting in publishing it.
  • If we are interested in your submission, you can expect to hear from us within five months after we receive your submission.
  • All manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced on one side only of 8.5 x 11" white paper. Include a typed cover letter of no more than one page, which includes short synopses of your story, author's name, address, and phone number.

Guidelines for Illustrators

Simply Read Books focuses on high-quality, unique, compelling art. We require artists to illustrate full-color picture books, full-color covers for fiction, and color and black and white illustrations for middle-grade novels. Simply Read Books also publishes a wide variety of gift items, including calendars, alphabet box sets, journals & note cards. For a gift novelty proposal please include a cover letter that gives a brief description of the project and what is included in the package.

Send samples of your work in a self-contained, labeled folder with

  • 4 to 8 copies, digital proofs, tear sheets, press sheets,
  • One copy of any published book, or F&G
  • Any number of images on a CD
  • Web portfolios are also accepted

Do not send:

  • Any original work
  • Any work that needs to be returned unless a S.A.S.E has been included.

Portfolios and Manuscripts can be mailed to:

Simply Read Books

501-5525 West Blvd. Vancouver, BC

V6M 3W6 Canada