September 4, 2019

Hello! I’m Kirsten Marion, the Publisher at Common Deer Press. We are a young press (est. in 2016), run by four women passionately committed to publishing the best books for children and teens. Already we have 15 novels published and 10 more in the pipeline for the rem...

April 1, 2019

Happy Monday, everyone. By the time you read this, I will be in the beautiful city of Bologna (home of the oldest European University, for those of you who keep track) at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair⎯and I’m very excited! This is one of the Big Five Book Fairs arou...

March 25, 2019

What gets a query letter into the hands of the decision maker? Better yet, what makes the acquisitions editor say, "Yes!"?

There are a number of key elements that we look for at Common Deer Press, whether from an agent or an unsolicited submission (yes, Common Deer Pres...

March 18, 2019

Happy Monday, everyone. I was recently asked, “What goes into a publishing agreement and how negotiable up front are they by the author?” 


So, let’s go through the standard sections of the agreement and I’ll note, at the end of each one, just how negotiable it really i...

March 4, 2019

Hello, everyone and happy March!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a writer’s group. As usual there were lots of questions, but many centred around a single theme⎯how do we make our children’s literature acquisition decisions?

In brief, these are our key criteri...

December 17, 2018

Welcome back! This post highlights the must-haves in your proposal’s marketing plan, competitive titles, chapter outline, and sample chapters. 

Marketing Plan

In this section you outline what you can do (irrespective of what the publisher is doing) to promote and sell th...

December 10, 2018

Happy Monday, everyone and welcome back to Ask the Publisher! Last week, in Part I of this series, we talked about what a nonfiction book proposal was, why you might need one, and book proposal ‘must-haves’. Today’s post looks at the sections you need to cover in your...

December 3, 2018

Common Deer Press doesn’t publish nonfiction…yet. But I get enough questions about it that it has sparked another blog series. 

Let’s start with some basics. The nonfiction book market continues to be robust and sales in fiction are declining. Adult nonfiction provides...

October 22, 2018

Way back on August 27th, I promised you that I would write a post with tips for a memorable launch party. I also promised you a summary graphic that captures the key points in a checklist from our four-part series "How to Successfully Launch a Book." This post fulfills...

September 24, 2018

The Concept


There’s no doubt about it—media coverage sells books far better than using advertising. Finding media coverage can be a challenge for an author but HARO (Help a Reporter Out) can be a matchmaking service made in heaven. From their website: “HARO provides jo...

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