Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHAT TYPE OF PUBLISHER IS LITTLE LAMB BOOKS?
Little Lamb Books is an imprint of Lamb Publishing, LLC and is a faith-based trade publisher. We offer a full-service publishing model that mixes quality book production and manufacturing with a traditional payment schedule and distribution representation for titles that have a biblical worldview. We are located in North Texas.
2. WHAT MAKES LITTLE LAMB BOOKS DIFFERENT?
We believe that elementary, middle grade and young adult readers deserve creative and imaginative stories that also reflect their faith and the journey to building self- worth, self- discovery, and self-esteem in Christ. We believe young people need role models and literary characters not afraid to stand up for their faith. We are focused on selecting dedicated writers and carefully crafted manuscripts and building a partnership and relationship with them that develops original cover art, excellent book layouts, quality editing, an author-focused contract, and a creative marketing campaign.
3. WHO ARE YOUR BOOKS FOR?
Little Lamb Books produces books for young readers between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age. This includes picture books (ages 4-8) and upper elementary chapter books (ages 6-10), middle grade (ages 10-14) and young adult novels (ages 14-18).
4. WHICH GENRES DO YOU CURRENTLY PUBLISH?
With faith and a biblical worldview as the foundation, we are actively seeking a range of projects, including Contemporary, Inspirational, Simply Sweet Romance, Historical Fiction, Humorous/Comedy, Mystery and Suspense, Action and Adventure, and Fantasy/Fairy Tale.
5. WHAT DON’T YOU PUBLISH?
We currently do not publish juvenile non-fiction, unless it’s a holiday book. We also do not publish adult fiction or non-fiction nor do we publish graphic novels for any age group. We do not accept manuscripts with profanity, graphic sex or violence, LGBTQ, horror, or paranormal.
6. WHERE ARE LITTLE LAMB BOOKS SOLD?
We work to distribute all our titles through our distributor, Small Press United, which operates under IPG, a leading distributor to the trade. Currently, all of our titles can be found with online retailers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, Half-Price Books and other retailers and our eBooks are available on Amazon, Kobo, IndieBound, etc. We are regularly assessing other industry options for all our books in order to have maximum distribution among brick and mortar sellers, librarians, schools, churches, book fairs, specialty shops, etc.
7. WHY SHOULD I SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR NEWSLETTER?
We’re glad you asked. The Little Lamb Books newsletter is here for you to learn more about our company and our flock of staff and authors, to share about our new releases and contests, to inform you about industry events and our book travels and more. We’ll also give away free stuff periodically, like excerpts from new books, book swag, and printables. Also, we will never giveaway or sell your email address; we don’t like it when it happens to us, so we won’t do it to you.
8. DO YOU OFFER AUTHOR ADVANCES AND/OR ROYALTIES?
Advances are not standard practice for Little Lamb Books. Royalty percentages are different per author/per contract; however, specific percentages are itemized for hardcovers, softcovers, eBooks, audio books, and various other subsidiary rights within the contract.
9. DO YOU ACCEPT SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS?
While we prefer to receive independent submissions, yes, we will accept simultaneous submissions. Our goal is to reply to your query within 6-8 weeks of receiving a submission, however, it is often not possible to reply to everyone as quickly as we’d like due to travel schedules, holidays, etc. If you have not heard from us in 8-10 weeks, you can assume that we are passing on the submission.
10. DO YOU ACCEPT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS?
- Yes, you may submit a different manuscript for multiple age groups or submit for multiple open calls or submission specials we host at any given time based on topics or themes.
- No, you should not submit multiple titles in the same genre or category, and specifically not all in one query. If you are submitting via referral, agent or invite, please share with us your single best work for our review.
11. HOW BIG DOES MY AUTHOR PLATFORM HAVE TO BE?
This is dependent on your theme, topic, and age group. We believe a strong platform will assist you in being successful as an author, however, we also believe that a story shouldn’t be passed over just because the platform isn’t as robust as it can become.
12. CAN I PROVIDE MY OWN COVER ART AND OR INTERIOR STORY ILLUSTRATIONS??
No. Once a contract has been agreed upon, we will discuss simple suggestions and ideas for cover art, but in order to create a unique and consistent look for our label and to provide you with excellent artists for your titles, all rights for art must be ours.
13. HOW WILL YOU HELP MARKET MY BOOK?
Little Lamb Books offers a basic marketing plan for each title based on the author’s time and talents. This includes, but is not limited to, creating a sell sheet and press release, scheduling a virtual blog tour, providing two title-specific giveaway items, sending out review copies, entering at least one national or regional contest, creating social media content and other social media initiatives.
14. HOW DOES LITTLE LAMB BOOKS HANDLE BOOK FULFILLMENT FOR THEIR AUTHORS?
Little Lamb Books works with our distributor to fulfill all wholesale and retail orders only. We DO NOT offer fulfillment services for an author’s personal or website orders.
15. WHAT IS YOUR STANCE ON EBOOK PRIVACY?
Transferring your files between personal devices is not piracy. Pirating is illegal and consequences for breaking copyright laws will be pursued to the full extent of the law. If you see any of our books being sold with DRM (Digital Rights Management software) on a third-party site, the DRM has been added without our permission. Please let us know by including the link/links via email at email@example.com if you see our books being pirated and we’ll handle it.