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Information for Authors

 

Pademelon Press Vision Statement


Pademelon Press aims to make a substantial contribution to the learning and well-being of young children and those who work with them in early childhood care and education services. The age range of interest is predominately birth to eight years, with a particular focus on children birth to school age. Focus is also given to before and after school care services.

 

Pademelon Press will achieve its aim through the publication and dissemination of books and, where appropriate, other resource materials of a high standard.

 

All materials published will reflect the following: 


• respect for children as people and as learners

 

• respect for parents and family as the most significant contributors to children's well-beingstrong

 

• emphasis on children as active contributors to their own learning

 

• honouring of diversity, including diverse perspectives

 

• recognition that working with children in early childhood settings is complex and challenging

 

• the belief that encouraging reflection and discussion leads to better practice and greater support for those who work with children.

 

The major audience for Pademelon Press books is professionals who work with children in prior-to-school early childhood care and education settings, those whose work is related to practice with children in those settings, students preparing to work with young children, and professionals who provide pre- and in-service education and training. Many of the publications are also relevant for professionals in associated areas, as well as for parents of young children.

 

Pademelon Press is particularly interested in publishing excellent books that reflect wisdom, experience and practice in Australian and New Zealand contexts.

 

All books published are grounded in theory and research and have clear implications for practice. Theory and practice, sometimes labelled 'the academic' and 'the practical', are not viewed as distinct from each other but are inextricably intertwined. Some books will be more explicitly focused on practice, while others may be more theoretical within that interrelationship. Ultimately the aim is to support excellent practice.

 

 

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES FOR INTENDING AUTHORS


As well as publishing our own materials, we also represent many leading early childhood publishers in the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition, we wholesale several books from other Australian publishers.

 

 

Our Marketing and Promotional Strategies


Our books are promoted actively to educational booksellers throughout Australia and New Zealand. We also have distributors in the United States.

Our books are exhibited and sold at all the major early childhood conferences in Australia and New Zealand, including some state and regional conferences and promoted in our regular e-newsletter, Early Childhood Notes. We also e-mail University and TAFE lecturers and other providers of training and professional development in the early childhood field with up-to-date information of new and forthcoming titles.

 

We attend the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in the United States to promote our books to appropriate overseas distributors. We also sell the publishing rights of some of our books to overseas publishers, who adapt them for their market. We are a sponsor of the Child Care Information Exchange's World Forum on Early Care and Education. We exhibit and sell our books wherever the Forum is being held in the world.

 

Submitting a Proposal


We advise you to talk to us informally about your ideas before you put anything in writing. We can then discuss the suitability and likely level of interest in your proposal. Acceptance of your proposal needs to precede consideration of a completed manuscript.

 

The proposal allows you to spell out in detail your concept of the proposed book, demonstrate your writing ability, and indicate to us that you have considered seriously the need for the proposed book.

 

The most important parts of the proposal are the detailed outline or table of contents and the sample chapter.

 

While you may choose to include additional information, the proposal needs to contain the following information:

name, contact details of author(s);

 


• general description of book;


• the titles of books that are similar to the proposed book, would be competitor titles and how the proposed book differs from       those what is special or unique about the proposed book;


• the likely major readers/purchasers;the likely length of the book;

 • anticipated date for completion of manuscript:

 • illustrations or graphics that the book is likely to require, and what you will be providing, with samples of illustrations/graphics if possible;

 • a detailed outline of the book, containing a summary of each chapter;

 • a sample chapter or other published work that provides evidence of writing ability and ability to write appropriately for the target audience and knowledgably about the topic;

 • suggestions for people to review the proposal.

 

Please provide contact details and indicate reasons for choosing these people;current position of author(s);qualifications and relevant experience;previous publications; and what qualifies you to write this book.

 

Send the proposal to: The Publisher, Pademelon Press, PO Box 42, Mt Victoria, NSW 2786.

 

If there is anything you wish to have returned, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Making a Decision about Offering a Publishing Agreement


The Managing Director and typically several outside experts will consider your proposal. This team will judge the need for the proposed book, the general quality of the proposal and, in some cases, the likely ability of the author to produce the book. You will be informed of the people we intend to send the proposal to (should you wish, you can let us know if you think any of these people is inappropriate). Pademelon reserves the right to consult with people of their choosing.

 

Consideration of the proposal includes the following:

 

 

• Is the content original?


• Is the book needed, or does it duplicate material that is already published and available to the same audience?


• Is there a demonstrated sufficient market for the book?


• Is there fit between content, writing style, and the intended audience?


• Does the book fit into Pademelon Press's plans?


• Does it complement or compete with other books already published or about to be published?


• Is there sufficient evidence to make us confident that the author(s) will deliver the agreed upon manuscript?

 

In addition, the proposed book must be compatible with the vision of Pademelon Press. Refer to the Vision Statement for Pademelon Press to assist you in preparing your proposal.

 

The following elaborates on some of the important points in the Vision Statement:

 

• Material must be based on sound theory and research.

 

• What is written must reflect awareness of recent developments in the early childhood field, such as brain development research. However, it must also be grounded in knowledge that has proven durable over time.

 

• When the research and publications of others are used in the book, they must be thoroughly and appropriately documented and used responsibly and professionally.

 

• Material must take into account cultural and other differences in child rearing and child development.

 

• Material must give accurate and objective accounts of human differences and must not in any way promote biases or stereotypes in relation to gender, race, culture, economic status, age, family structure, sexual orientation, disability or other dimensions of individual difference.

 

• Materials must actively contribute to promoting tolerance and acceptance of difference.

 

• Materials related directly to practice with children must reflect an active, learner-centered approach to education. They should acknowledge that each child has his or her own pattern of development and that first-hand, hands-on, minds-on experiences are vital to young children's learning. For this reason, materials that contain primarily stencils, patterns, or highly structured and inflexible adult-directed activities are not appropriate for publication by Pademelon Press.

 

• Materials for teaching or training of other adults must reflect an understanding of principles of adult education.

 

• Materials related to management must be based on sound business practice and based on current legal and financial information.

 

At times, Pademelon Press may defer offering a publishing agreement until the completed manuscript has been viewed. Some authors will also prefer that arrangement. Until there is a signed agreement, there is no obligation to publish.

 

The final decision to accept a proposal is made by the Managing Director. In general, a response to a proposal will be sent within eight to ten weeks of receiving it. Additional discussion may be necessary before forwarding an agreement for consideration. Once the agreement is signed by both parties, the project begins.

 

Once your proposal has been accepted, we will then send you the manuscript guidelines which includes all aspects of writing a book, with images, where appropriate.

 

Please contact Alison Moodie - alison@pademelonpress.com.au

 

January 2013