Submission Guidelines

Free Spirit Publishing and Shell Education

Determining Whether Your Work Is a Fit 

If you are interested in being a Free Spirit or or Shell Education author, please familiarize yourself with our books at www.freespirit.com and www.teachercreatedmaterials.com/shell-education

We also recommend that you check out our books at your local library or bookstore to get a feel for our tone and style.

We do not accept the following types of submissions:

  • General fiction or storybooks outside of our mission
  • Books with animal or mythical characters main characters
  • Poetry
  • Material with religious or New Age content
  • Single biographies, autobiographies, or memoirs
  • Self-help for adults

If your project is in any of the above formats, it is not right for us—even if content themes overlap with those we publish on.

Note: Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to individual queries that are not accompanied by a complete proposal. Please review the previous categories carefully. If you think your work may be a fit for Free Spirit or Shell Education, you may submit a full proposal according to our guidelines.

  

Submitting a Proposal

Only proposals with the following elements will be considered for publication:

  • A cover letter briefly outlining your project, the intended audience (including age ranges), and your relevant expertise
  • A current résumé
  • A market analysis with a comprehensive list of similar titles and a detailed explanation of how your project differs from available products
  • A detailed chapter-by-chapter outline
  • At least two sample chapters (if a full manuscript is available, you may send it)
    Note: For picture book submissions, the entire text is required for evaluation. Bracketed art suggestions are appreciated, though illustration samples should not be sent unless professionally competent.
  • A description of your personal promotion plan for the proposed book (including both in-person and social media outreach)

As you prepare a proposal, it may help to keep a few of our main considerations in mind:

Need: Why is the book needed? How is it different from similar available titles?

Purpose: Who will use the book? How will they use it?

Quality: Is the project well written and researched? Is the style similar to that of our other award-winning, jargon-free, solution-focused titles?

Relevance: Is the subject matter appropriate for our list? Does it compete with or complement other available titles from Free Spirit?


While we do our best to offer timely feedback on your project, the high volume of proposals we receive dictates a reply time of up to 6 months.


Note: Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to individual queries that are not accompanied by a complete proposal. Please review the previous categories carefully. If you think your work may be a fit for Free Spirit, you may submit a full proposal according to our guidelines.

While we do our best to offer timely feedback on your project, the high volume of proposals we receive dictates a reply time of up to 6 months.

Free Spirit Publishing and Shell Education