Bellows Books


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Bellows Books are meant for readers under age 13. Primarily, we’re interested in middle grade works—books for readers ages 7 – 12. These would be chapter books meant to be read independently by developing readers—or read aloud to younger readers one chapter at a time. These stories should empower young readers to find strength in their abilities and celebrate all that freedom allows. Like any good middle grade book, adults should disappear into the background, allowing the younger characters to make decisions and confront and solve problems on their own.

We’d love historical fiction that highlights strength and freedom—or the fight for freedom—of past eras. We’d consider survival stories, mysteries, and any other tales of the perseverance of the individual.

Bellows Books will also consider books for younger readers; however, illustrated books are expensive to produce. For illustrated books, we will only authors who have already found an illustrator and either have either already purchased rights to the illustrations, or have found an illustrator willing to work for a share of royalties. When querying for an illustrated book, please provide details about illustrations you have acquired or hope to acquire as well as artist contact information.

“Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.”

-Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Submission Guidelines

For Novels of 40,000 words and more

1. Send the first three chapters and a fourth chapter of your choosing from your manuscript.

2. Please include your author bio and a URL for any social media that you would like us to consider either as a separate attachment or as part of your submission message.

3. Please include a brief (no more than 25o words) discussion of your target readership/audience that you feel is appropriate for your manuscript. (e.g., All children age 8 1/2 who wear blue shoes on Tuesdays–hopefully this isn’t your exact submission as it is a bit of a specialized niche). Generally this imprint is interested in audiences 7 – 12 years of age. Based on your target audience discussion, we may consider the submission for an alternate imprint.

4. Please include a brief (no more than 250 words) discussion of the freedom theme/angle that you believe flavors your manuscript. This can be very subtle or more obvious. The strength of the story dictates our interest more so than the strength of the freedom connection. We will have a keener interest in a compelling and well-written story that has a relatively minor freedom theme than a manuscript that suffers from problems (such as prevalent typos, plot problems, POV, character development challenges) and yet has a strong freedom theme/angle.

5. Include a brief synopsis of the book outline that lets us know where the plot is going beyond the sample chapters included in the submission.

6. Send your polished manuscript with the above-requested items to submissions < at > freedomforgepress < dot > com.

For Novellas of fewer than 40,000 words

Though we do accept works under 40,000 words, they are more likely to be printed as ebook only, or as part of a larger anthology of novellas and short stories. For children’s books under 40,000, we will consider print publication on a case-by-case basis.

1. Follow all steps above except send us the full manuscript instead of the chapter samples. (This includes the overall synopsis).

For Children’s Illustrated Books

1. Please follow all instructions as for Novels but submit the entire manuscript to include artwork if it is already complete (or a sample if a work in progress).

2. Please clearly identify your arrangement with your illustrator (whether you have engaged an artist, signed a contract, identify what rights you have to the work whether you purchased the copyright outright or are using a license type arrangement or exclusive use agreement). Please include your illustrator’s contact information on your submission.

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