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    Hi, I am currently creating a children’s book as the author and the illustrator. I am wanting to create this book at 9.5” x 11”. First I want to self-publish and then try to get a publisher to pick up the book later on if it does well. I am wondering will this size be acceptable for most publishers? When I search for children’s book sizes I see the standard sizes such as 8 x 10, 8 x 11, 8.5 x 11, etc. But I do not want to make a book that tall and narrow feeling. I like the height if there was more width. I bought some children’s books that size to see if I like it but I don’t think it’s enough width. Will many publishers be able to publish a book at 9.5” x 11”? I am wanting to know because I do not want to create my artwork twice.

    Thank you in advance and yes I have read the rules
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  • #2
    Have you contacted any publishing houses to see if they have standard book sizes for children's books? Or if there are more "common" sizes that would be more likely to get picked up by a publisher?
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    • #3
      No, I didn't want to bother any unless I have actual work to submit to them. I just didn't know if people knew if there were industry standard sizes that are acceptable and others that aren't.

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      • #4
        You wouldn't be bothering them. That's what their customer service is there for. Even if you aren't a customer yet. We get countless emails and calls asking about specs. Maybe 1/4 of them turn into real jobs. But we answer them all because you never know which ones will turn into jobs.
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        • #5
          When I do work like this, I visit a book store or library and get a feel for what's common and what I think works well.


          Next, you should check with where you are getting your printing done, whether it is a printing company or an online self-publising site, they will have standard sizes based on economy.
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          • #6
            As Buda just suggested, most publishers like to work to some kind of standard so they can get as little waste as possible in the paper yield. But books do come in all shapes and sizes so it just might be a few phone calls to find out.

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            • #7
              I would suspect that they will want to reformat your book if they pick it up. Having a vast library of children's books, I can tell you that, annoyingly, there doesn't appear to be a standard size for children's books that is consistent among all publishers. My son's bookshelf looks a mess as a result.
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              • #8
                Ok thanks for the replies! I'll consider reaching out to some publishers first.

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                • #9
                  Hey! Did you get an answer? I'm also putting together a children's book and have wondered this.

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