Editorial Consulting - Submissions Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in Color-Bridge Books. 

Bernette Ford left Cartwheel Books/Scholastic in May 2002 to become an independent editorial consultant and packager, concentrating on packaging multicultural books for children’s book publishers. For the first two-and-a-half years, we were immersed in creating a series of 24 African-American easy readers for Scholastic and a series of picture books for Sterling/Barnes & Noble. While we may decide to agent authors and illustrators in the future, we are not seeking new clients to represent at this time. We are developing new series projects and proposals to represent to publishers--bringing together talented authors and illustrators.

Although we’ve had to suspend general submissions until June 2006, we are always interested in reviewing picture-book, easy-to-read, and chapter book manuscripts about life in the USA for African-American, Latino, Asian/East Asian, and Native-American children. We will look at illustration samples via Mail, E-mail, or Website, and if your artwork seems right for us, we will keep printouts of your art samples on file for the future. We are particularly interested in working with and discovering new talent among the aforementioned ethnic groups, though we are not limiting ourselves to working exclusively with people of color. We would suggest, whatever your ethnic background, that you write from your own unique point of view.

While we do not currently charge a fee for reviewing submissions, we receive so many that it may take up to 12 weeks before we can respond to you. Regretfully, we will not be able to make individual comments or return your manuscript unless we feel your material fits the requirements of our future lists. If your work does suit our needs, we will ask you to sign a letter of agreement giving us a reasonable time to represent your submission exclusively and to sell your project to a publisher.

Please let us know if you are sending a multiple submission, and refrain from inquiring about the status of your submission until we have had it for at least 12 weeks. Manuscripts will be read in the order in which they are received.

If you would like to submit, please send us a copy of your material—do not send originals as we cannot be responsible for their loss or return—marking the outside mailing envelope Requested Materials. Please include also a brief Personal Biography and an SASE for a letter of reply if one is sent. If you want to be sure your submission reached us, you can send it via Express Mail, FedEx, or some other traceable mail service—making sure to check the “no signature required” box as we are not always able to sign for packages. Do not attach your manuscript to an E-mail, and do not enclose a response postcard. Your manuscript should be typed in 12-pt type on plain, white 8 ½ x 11 paper, double-spaced, with your name and address on page 1 and your name and the page number on every sheet thereafter.