Rhyme Revolution 2017 Day 20 ~Asia Citro of The Innovation Press ~ Rhyming Picture Book Submission Request

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Thank you so much, Angie, for the opportunity to introduce

myself to everyone here!

I’m Asia, the publisher behind The Innovation Press, and I love rhyming books.

LOVE them.

As a parent, I love how engaging rhyming books are for children (hidden bonus: I don’t get tired of reading them 9023840384 times).  As an educator, I know how valuable they are to the development of language and reading skills.  Which is why, as a publisher, I actively seek rhyming submissions.  This year we have ten titles coming out and three of them are written in rhyme.   So far we have two more rhyming books slated for 2018…and there’s space for more.

All that to say, I am definitely excited to meet all of you!  I was thrilled to discover Angie’s event to teach the craft of rhyming.  Because it definitely is a craft!  Writing a children’s book is hard enough without the additional layer of making sure the rhyme and meter work perfectly without losing any of the content or character development in your story.

In terms of what I’m looking for in a submission — I love manuscripts that tell a creative and/or quirky story.  I am always really excited to see books that have an original approach that I haven’t seen before.  As a former teacher, I also value manuscripts that have some sort of learning involved (whether it be character learning or academic learning).  If you take a peek at our 2017 books, you’ll see I have a bit of a penchant for hybrid texts — books that combine non-fiction and fiction.  Oh and I also love manuscripts that make kids laugh.

Though we are a newer press, we have international distribution and foreign rights representation.  Our books are found in stores, shops, libraries, and schools all over the world and in several different languages.  We are also a member of the Children’s Book Council and we are an SCBWI PAL Publisher.

If you think you have something that would be a great fit for us, we’d love to see it!  You can find our submission guidelines on our website here.

And last, but definitely not least, I’m giving away two of our 2017 rhyming picture books.  OLD TRACKS, NEW TRICKS came out last month and is both written and illustrated by debut author (and SCBWI member) Jessica Petersen. THE GIRL WHO THOUGHT IN PICTURES is the first book in our new rhyming biography series, Amazing Scientists, that highlights the lives and achievements of amazing women scientists.

Thanks for so much for having me and HOORAY FOR RHYMING BOOKS!

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to be eligible for a prize. 


59 thoughts on “Rhyme Revolution 2017 Day 20 ~Asia Citro of The Innovation Press ~ Rhyming Picture Book Submission Request

  1. Delightful! What a wonderful opportunity for our rhyming crew! I ordered OLD TRACKS when it came out, and my daughters really enjoy it! I’m going to have to get my hands on a copy of the Temple Grandin bio- her story is inspiring!!

  2. Thank you, Asia, for the submission invitation! I am loving your enthusiasm for rhyming picture books and look forward to sending a manuscript. And thank you, Angie! I can’t believe we’ve arrived at the last day. I’ve had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the insightful posts by wonderful rhymers! Thanks to everyone!

  3. Oh Asia, I am so glad to hear about the “educator turned publisher” path you are on. Once an educator, always an educator. I am an educational therapist and have worked with so many terrific children including many high functioning student’s like Dr. Grandin. I would love to win a chance to have your book about Dr. Grandin’s life. Reading about your work has reignited my desire to try my hand at developing humorous and rhyming children’s stories…..I have been taking a break to make art. Forward we go!

  4. How wonderful to know a publisher that actively pursues rhyming texts. Thank you for your post and I’m sure you will be hearing from some of us now and in the future.

  5. This is so exciting! Thank you Asia and Angie. All the books. In the 2017 line up look great. I will be ordering some to use in my classroom!

  6. Thank you for your post, Asia. I’ve admired Dr Temple Grandin ever since I saw her bio on the TV about 15 years ago. I’m so happy there’s a children’s book about her. Please continue to support diverse stories and good luck with publishing rhyming stories.

  7. Great news to hear from a publisher that not only loves rhyming picture books but also invites submissions. Thanks for introducing yourself to us, Asia, and for sharing your passion for rhyme!

  8. Thanks for sharing, Asia! I love writing RPBs and hybrid texts, so your press intrigues me. Have a great re-writing day!

  9. I’m curious about your rhyming biography series. Seems fabulous! Thanks you for the post and the opportunity to the rhyming community. I’m not writing in rhyme yet. I’ll learn it well before giving it a try.
    Thank you for another awesome challenge, Angie.

  10. Thanks Asia!!!! Your post inspired me to finish my latest engaging, quirky picture book. I will be sending it your way shortly!

  11. Thank you so much, Asia! It’s exciting to hear about an editor who loves rhyming books and wants to see them! And I love the idea of a series of rhyming books about women scientists! Standing ovation:)

    Patti Richards

  12. Congrats to you, Asia, and Innovation Press! It’s inspiring to read positive vibes about rhyme. I’m looking forward to exploring your books. Thank you for the invitation to submit 🙂

  13. Hi Asia. Thank you for introducing us to Innovation Press! So nice that you have a background in education and that you have an appreciation for rhyming picture books! I will research your books. Thank you for the invitation to submit.

  14. Thank you, Asia! Thank you, Angie! Hurray, rhyming books!
    As someone who believes herself to be on the spectrum and who has heard Temple speak in person, I can’t wait to see her book!
    And I have a couple rhyming books i’m working on that i hope will fit into your guidelines – i’m heading right over to check them out!

  15. How splendidly fabulous! Congratulations on this amazing new press. Your books look marvelous! Are you looking for submissions from illustrators by any chance? I did not see illustrations submission guidelines on your submission page. Happy Creating to all. T

  16. How AWESOME!!!! You’re the best, Asia! And Angie! I can’t wait to read about Temple Grandin. A few years ago, I saw her at a St. Paddy’s Day parade in Colorado.

  17. Thank you for bringing your own fresh perspective to publishing, Asia. Lots of good titles – and I appreciate your love of rhyme!

  18. Wow! I can’t wait to read the rhyming biography. Temple Grandin’s story is indeed an inspiration.

    Thank-you for the opportunity to submit a rhyming manuscript for your consideration. This is exciting news and an opportunity I don’t want to miss.

  19. Asia,
    How exciting that you are looking for rhyming books and rhyming biographies as well. I hope i win your 2 rhyming books.
    Angie this was my first year in the rhyming revolution and I’ve saved many of the posts for future reference. I have rhyming MS that need work and you’ve pointed out the direction. Thanks!

  20. Dear Asia, what a thrill to hear of a publisher that is asking for rhyming books! I love your 2017 books and I’m looking forward to reading them. I’ll also be submitting a book to you soon. Thank you!

  21. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I can’t wait to check out your books, especially the rhyming ones! I have you on my submission shortlist already so I was excited to see you here as well.

  22. It is always exciting to find publishers who like rhyming texts. “Old Tracks, New Ticks” is a such a great book for kids of all ages who love trains. Thanks Asia and Angie for a great wrap up post.

  23. ASIA: Your publishing company sounds FANTASTIC! I am especially EXCITED to hear you have international distribution and foreign rights representation. I AM LOOKING UP YOUR BOOKS NOW!!! THANK YOU!!!

  24. As a teacher of early learners, I lean heavily on well written rhyming picture books for my reading conferences. Students LOVE the rhythmic engagement which encourages an immediate response to the text. I love this post and thanks for sharing anout your amazing house.

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