Who are they?
Holiday House is an independent publisher of children's books that specializes in hardcover copies. They publish the entire children's range from picture book to young adult, but not mass market products like sticker or activity books. Holiday House publishes around 70 titles annually, mostly from agented authors, but some are newbies or unpublished authors.
What do they want?
In fiction- early picture books, early readers, chapter books and middle grade. When it comes to YA they'll look at contemporary, historical, multicultural, humor, mystery and fantasy.
In Nonfiction- early picture books and readers and middle grade. In YA they'll look at history, social issues, biographies and science.
They are also looking for artists!
Meet Sally Morgridge, Holiday House Editor!
"I’m most passionate about older middle-grade and YA fiction, though I can be persuaded by a killer chapter book manuscript and am open to nonfiction.
I love mysteries, unusual settings, diverse voices, and beautiful writing, and I always look for vivid and unforgettable characters. Bonus points for characters who are socially on the outskirts, and opposites attracting. Please send me your weirdo stories!
I don’t like sickly sweet books, or stories with low stakes. Be real, and be memorable."
For more info check out her MSWL page.
How do I submit?
But in short, "Please send the entire manuscript, whether submitting a picture book or novel. All submissions should be directed to the Editorial Department, Holiday House, 425 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017. Send your manuscript via U.S. Mail. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL. There is no need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We do not consider submissions by e-mail or fax."