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“Kane Press Introduction with Harold Underdown” Notes 12-4-22

Kane Press was founded in 1992.  Their original focus remains fun, kid-friendly, educational series. Most of their series originated in-house with writers brought in. Topics include STEM, history, and SEL. The books could be stand-alone titles (e.g., Math Matters series) or titles that build off each other using the same characters (e.g., Mouse Math series). There are fiction and nonfiction series. Each fiction title has a story with an educational component woven in. There is a bonus activity to reinforce the skill in the story in backmatter.  The idea is for it to be used by parents as well as teachers. (Trade and educational markets)

Since Harold has come on board in late 2021, Kane Press has opened up to outside proposals to create new series while still creating in-house.  Submissions may be sent only by agented authors or published authors. Series ideas should be educational but appeal to the trade market.

Regarding illustrations, Kane Press is different from other nonfiction publishers in that they go for an illustration-approach that is better suited to the bookstore market. They do want to sell to schools and libraries (many books use photographs) but want both those possibilities out there.

To see books (and guidelines), go to www.kanepress.com.  This goes to the Kane Press page on the Astra Publishing site.