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Orca Book Publishers receives many submissions over the course of the year and aims to consider each one carefully so we appreciate your patience with this process.
It is important that you familiarize yourself with our publishing program before you send us a submission. Please browse our website, download a copy of our current catalogue and review the guidelines below.
If you decide to submit a book proposal, please note:
If you are submitting by e-mail:
If you are submitting by regular post:
Orca Book Publishers is presently seeking manuscripts in the following genres:
See also Guidelines for Illustrators (below)
Orca Book Publishers accepts submissions from Canadian artists and illustrators who wish to work with some of Canada's best authors for young people. We require artists to illustrate full-color picture books and full-color covers for our fiction titles, including first chapter books, juvenile fiction and books for young adults. We also require illustrators for black-and-white interior images for the Orca Echoes series. These are sketches, typically rendered in pencil, and are used to interpret the story.
Our publishing program varies in its scope from books with realistic situations and milieus, historic and contemporary, to humorous stories that tickle the funny bone.
When we review a portfolio we look for art that is either realistic, or abstracted and stylized to any degree, but executed in a professional manner, consistent with the high standards of children's publishing in Canada. We look for accomplished drawing and execution in the chosen medium. The ability to create a believable individual character is essential, as is the ability to understand, interpret and illustrate a literary text. Character development, consistency and accurate, thorough research are important. We always need to see images of children interacting and showing emotions. Conventional cartoon or animation styles are not needed.
Send samples of your work in a self-contained, labeled folder in the following formats:
Do not send:
Orca Book Publishers
1016 Balmoral Road
Victoria, BC, V8T 1A8
Web portfolios may be sent to email@example.com to the attention of the Art Department.
Thank you for considering Orca Book Publishers. And good luck in your search for the right publisher for your work.
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