Every month, alongside all the great how-to articles and market leads that appear in the pages of Children’s Book Insider, the Children’s Writing Monthly, we offer our subscribers special Above the Slushpile Submission Opportunities.   


We feature an in-depth interview with an editor or agent, including plenty of details about the kinds of submissions they are seeking. Then we offer a secret link to pitch your work directly to our featured guest.  Most of the time, the publishers we feature are closed to unagented submissions.


But CBI Insiders get a special “secret door” that allows them exclusive access.  Many of our folks have been published or signed with agents thanks to these opportunities – which appear in every issue of CBI.


This month, we have a truly special opportunity – the chance to pitch your manuscript (for picture books, chapter books, middle grade AND young adult) to Dainese Santos, Associate Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers!





What’s Dainese looking for?


“I acquire across all genres, ages, and formats in children’s, save for younger picture books, baby books, and board books… Characters with big feelings, goofy senses of humor, and unforgettable personalities are something I gravitate toward whether that’s in picture books, middle grade, or YA.”


Unless you’re represented by an agent or are specifically asked to submit your work, you’re simply not going to have this kind of opportunity to present your work to a Simon & Schuster editor.



Unless you’re a CBI Subscriber right now.



If you want to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity – and keep Above the Slushpile “secret doors” coming every month – we’d love to have you to subscribe to Children’s Book Insider, the Children’s Writing Monthly right now.


You’ll get instant access to this month’s issue featuring Dainese’s Above the Slushpile Submission Link (and lots more) and get a full year of the newsletter – 12 issues in all.





And, to make it really easy, until Friday we’re offering $10 off a yearly subscription.



Twelve issues (and 12 Above the Slushpile opportunities), access to 5+ years of back issues, access to our Insider-only Facebook groups, access to our giant Children’s Writing Knowledge base, tons of surprise goodies and more.


Only $39.95 through Friday with our coupon code!



Here’s how to get the offer:



1. Go to https://writeforkids.org/blog/checkout/?add-to-cart=2769


2. Click the link that reads Have a coupon? Click here to enter your code


3. Enter the code FROSTY and the discount will be applied.



You get instant access to the December issue of CBI, featuring the Simon & Schuster opportunity. Plus fresh market leads, author interviews, how-to tutorials on craft and more.



PS: You’ll Get More than 60 Back Issues of Children’s Book Insider when you subscribe today!





PPS: We’ll give the final word to Ellie Huynh, a CBI Insider who just got published thanks to a CBI Above the Slushpile opportunity:



Thank you! It’s because of CBI that my picture book A Dive into the Blue is out in the world! The Above the Slush Pile opportunity with Beaming Books is why I am so grateful for CBI!


Thank you for giving authors these opportunities. I was just thinking earlier when I was reading through the November issue, what would I do without this newsletter?


With such great info and helpful articles, you’ve became a familiar face of hope. Thank you for all your work.



A Dive Into the Blue (Beaming Books), one of many wonderful books made possible by a CBI Above the Slushpile Submission Opportunity!



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