Kidz Books with a Message
IP.Kidz is dedicated to publishing the
finest print and digital work for children. We aim to feature the very
best children’s authors and illustrators, plus digital artists producing
New Media for children.
There are lots of children’s publishers out there, but few who offer
a multi-channel approach to print and digital work. We publish in eBook formats such as ePub and Fixed Format as well as in physical print, and we're also creating
titles that come alive with multimedia enhancements such as audio and video. Kids
these days are quite savvy about screen content, so why not deliver the content
the kids increasingly live?
While IP Kidz has only been publishing since November 2007, we already have several established authors and illustrators on our list, including Libby Hathorn, Hazel Edwards, Goldie Alexander, Edel Wignell, and Mark Carthew. We're constantly on the lookout for emerging talent – illustrators as well as authors.
IP Kidz titles are on State Premier's Reading Challenges throughout Australia. Here's a list of those on currently by State:
A Penny in Time (VIC)
Christina's Matilda (NSW, VIC)
Global Cooling (VIC, SA)
Hedgeburners: An A~Z PI Mystery (VIC)
I Love You Book (NSW, VIC)
Lame Duck Protest (NSW)
Long Live Us! (NSW)
Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher (NSW)
Newts, Lutes & Bandicoots (VIC)
Plato the Platypus Plumber (part-time) (VIC, NSW)
The Greenhouse Effect (NSW, VIC, SA)
The Sky Dreamer (NSW)
Tiger Tames the Min Min (VIC, SA)
We'll update this list as new titles are added to the Challenges, so please check back.
is open to collaborations between Australian and overseas creators. Our first title, Real Guns,
an illustrated book by our Publisher,
Reiter, was illustrated by a well-known Irish artist, Patrick J Murphy. More recently, Anne Morgan's The Sky Dreamer was illustrated by Swiss artist Celine Eimann, who also published Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher with us. We’re
excited by the prospect of bringing together artists from across the globe.
We do want the work to be relevant to Australian
children in the first instance, but we will be marketing titles internationally
as appropriate. Our content is being distributed internationally through
partners such as Lightning Source, CreateSpace, Overdrive, and Apple, so we pay much more
than lip service to electronic rights. Making the most of our content makes sense
to us and also benefits our artists.
We’re open year-round to proposals from authors, illustrators, digital
artists and animators — or collaborative teams involving some or all of
the above. After reviewing our Guidelines, please query us by email with your
creative bio, a synopsis of the work and a representative sample. For picture
send the complete work in storyboard layout (where the text is divided by page
or spread). The work can be in a Word, Pages, InDesign, QuarkXpress or Acrobat pdf attachment,
with any images optimised for screen viewing.
Picture book authors don’t have to include illustrations.
If we like your work, we’ll find an illustrator for it. However, if
you’re one of those rare creative geniuses who can illustrate as well
as write, or if you’ve teamed up with a visual artist pro,we're happy to view the whole package.
If we like your work, we’ll offer you a royalty contract.
Then the fun begins!
Ready to send us that query? Click here.