New or established writers/artists are equally welcome to submit work.
We are currently focussing on historical stories for readers aged 6 plus. We are not currently looking to commission new titles in other areas. However, check out www.artsjobs.co.uk where we will post info about specific projects.
Please don't send us your only hard copy! We regret that we are unable to return manuscripts - even if you offer to pay postage. There are no exceptions. We are happy to read stuff in word .doc or .pdf form. This also saves some trees.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and provide details of your proposal (remember - it must be historical and for children aged 6-15 years). We regret that we cannot reply to submissions that do not meet our commissioning criteria.
Please don't send us anything unless you have emailed us first.
Sorry if this sounds harsh but we do not employ armies of unpaid interns to read unsolicited proposals.
Firstly, are you sending it to the right publisher? Is it kids fiction aimed at audiences between 4 and 15?
Mogzilla started off specialising in fiction for pre-teens and younger teenagers, although we are also getting into colour books for younger readers and graphic novels too.
We regret that we're currently not able to accept manuscripts from other genre/ age ranges at the moment. If you think you have a novel that also has potential to cross over into the adult ('kidult') market, then that is great, as long as it has been primarily written for kids/teens.
1) How long does it have to be? As a rough guide, a novel for this age range would be between between 45,000 and 75,000 words. Roald Dahl's Matilda is about 60,000 words long.
Colour books for younger kids are 32 pages long as a rule - because this is the one of the most efficient way of printing them.
2) Is your story original? Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights trilogy is a work of genius. But to paraphrase Highlander, there can be only one allegorical tale set in Oxford where one of the central characters cuts through the dimensions of space into a parallel universe using an invisible knife. To make it past the slush pile, your manuscript has got to be oozing with originality, with characters that leap off the page and keep the reader up past their bedtime turning pages.
3) What are you interested in? There are no rules about subject matter. However, we are impressed by proposals that are original, accessible and immediate. Imagine a kid or teen (or their parent or relative) in the book shop. What's going to make them pick your book over the other titles that are on offer? There has to be a certain spark about the concept that grabs the reader. And as attention spans are short these days, it's better if your concept does not need a whole lot of thinking time to explain.
4) Please no cat books or anything about milk drinking vampires as we're doing nicely for those at the moment.
5) Do you accept synopsis/ pitches rather than completed manuscripts? Yes but we would prefer to see something that you think is just about finished (save for the editing), rather than a treatment/synopsis.
6) Do you consider proposals for 'series reads'? Yes. We welcome ideas that will run over more than one book. But each book really needs to work in its own terms and hold the readers attention.
7) Have you got any advice for unpublished writers? Don't take anything personally, believe in yourself and make sure to send your manuscript off to more than just a couple of places. Remember that The Darkness, J.K. Rowling and The Fab Four were all rejected once.Yeah yeah yeah! Check out The Authors Society and The Independant Publisher's Guild for more info.
8) What is 'vanity publishing' and what is wrong with it? You've probably heard that if anyone asks you to put money into publishing your own book, then beware! As an author you want the publisher to pay you - not the other way round. However, the 'vanity publishers' are usually a little more sophisticated than that. They will probably be offering some kind of service. For example: or marketing/ PR/ consultancy or editorial services. They may be offering to advertise your book via their website. Internet sales make up about 10 percent of UK book sales. But if their website has no promotional budget - how is anyone going to know about your title? Please steer clear.
Self publishing is a different story and becoming increasingly viable these days, but it is not to be entered into lightly. Ask yourself - do you really want to be a publisher or a writer? If the former, get ready for some late nights and hard slog. The rewards can be great, however. So don't let that hold you back.