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Have you experienced  the magic of reading a story with a child you love?  Have you written a creative, fun and engaging story for young children that features life lessons?  You might be aware that about 97% of all children's story authors do not get a chance to see their stories get to market.  We would like to change that, by putting the power of choice back into the customers hands.  We welcome authors from all nations and cultures!   Learn more below, about how KeenOwl.com might be a route to market you should consider in making you story available to children around the world.

We are continually on the look out for appealing children's picture books that meet our primary focus - stories that have clear life lessons for our target young audience - ages one through eight years. 

How it works

  1. Submit a story synopsis featuring clear life lessons. Story synposis submissions can be sent to submissions@keenowl.com. All submission are confidential. We will contact you if we have questions or need more information.
  2. If accepted (per requirements below), we license the story and/ or illustrations from you (or the appropriate copyright holders).
  3. Your storybook is entered into the catalog, and we let the market decide. Whenever customers purchase your story, you get a percentage of the sales price!

Primary Requirements

  1. Story language - Currently we are only accepting stories in US or Commonwealth English. We do plan to offer stories in multiple languages, so please feel free to let us know more about you and your story (including the language) be sending us an email at author@keenowl.com. We will contact you once we begin offer KeenOwl.com services in countries that support your language.
  2. Life lessons - Your story needs to clearly be centered around one or more life lessons appropriately woven into the storyline.  We dont prescribe any specific set of life lessons, but most of the authors we work with bring their own personal experience as parents, caregivers, grandparents and teachers to bear on their storylines.  We will work closely with child experts, parents and teachers to review your story and it life lessons. 
  3. Copyrights - You need to hold the copyright to your story text.  We respect the spirit of creative originality that drives most authors and will require your contract with us to explicitly assure us of your copyright ownership.   If you have already published this story through other imprint publishers (or have a contract with them), then please ensure your current contract allows you to publish with others. Since KeenOwl Books offers personalized life lesson stories, and allows for custom information like the child's name, hometown, parents names etc to be integrated into the storyline where approprite, the resulting story text a customer recieves will be different from the original published work. Take a peek into a KeenOwl sample book here.
  4. Illustrations - In the interest of time to market, we prefer you already have a partnership with an illustrator who can bring your story to life.  If not, we can put you in touch with freelance illustrators that you can select from.  Though KeenOwl will have some say in the look and feel of the stories we publish, we do nurture the creative process and encourage authors to take the lead in creating supporting illustrations for their storylines. 

Contact Us

  • Have a original life lesson story synposis? - please send story outline (in Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF file format) to submissions@keenowl.com.  Please include (a) your contact information (b) key life lessons in story.  
  • Have more questions? - send a message to authors@keenowl.com.   We will do our best to respond quickly, but please allow at least 5 working days for a response. 
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