Manuscript and Product Submission

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Manuscript and Product Submission

Procedures for Submitting a New Manuscript or Product Idea to National Center for Youth Issues

Updated September 2017

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Welcome! Interested in talking with us about a book or product idea? Please read about NCYI’s Focus below, then complete the Book Proposal form and submit it for review.


NCYI’s Focus

We’re currently accepting book proposals for the following topics:

  • Children’s storybooks on various character and personal development topics including:

o    Growth Mindset and Positive Thinking
o    Resilience and Grit
o    Grief
o    Anxiety and Stress
o    Friendship and Positive Relationships
o    Conflict Management
o    Learning Disabilities
o    Technology

  • Small Group Counseling manuals for Middle / High School
  • Alternative Approaches to Behavior Management in the classroom


NCYI topics include: 

  • Activities
  • Anger & Violence
  • Bullying
  • Careers
  • Character Education
  • Child Abuse
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Fear / Anxiety
  • Gangs
  • Grief
  • In-School Suspension
  • Obesity
  • Perfectionism
  • Relational Aggression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Service Learning
  • Small Groups
  • Social and Emotional Issues related to Medical problems
  • Storybooks
  • Stress
  • Study Skills
  • Teasing
  • Testing

NCYI’s focus is on books, workbooks, videos, games, and other products that:

  • empower our nation’s educators to positively impact the social and emotional well-being of children and youth.
  • are based on generally accepted, researched principles, the effectiveness of whichcan be judged by the positive outcomes and attitudes in students.
  • are mostly developed by educators, for educators. They have been developed out ofpractical need and have been used successfully with students.
  • are classroom, small group, or individual counseling tested.
  • are not meant to be self-contained programs, rather they are designed to supplement existing or needed programs. Many programs feature a standardized curriculum and are generally structured the same for every school. NCYI supplemental resources can be used to enhance an existing program to meet the individual needs of the students of each school or district.
  • align with standards of effectiveness consistent with the Safe & Drug-Free Schools Act.


Book Proposals

If you believe your manuscript or product would be a good fit with NCYI’s Focus, please complete the Book Proposal form. A digital version of this form can be found below . You may also download the Book Proposal form, fill it in, and email it to .

Due to the increasing amount of queries and proposals, we ask that you do not call or e-mail to check on your status. If your book proposal submission indicates a possible fit with NCYI’s focus, we will be in contact with you via email to discuss potential next steps.

During the review process, you are free to send your proposal to other prospective publishers.

For Books, Workbooks, and Storybooks:

  • Please allow up to one month for your manuscript to be evaluated by our review committee and editors.
  • If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we ask for close adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • The author is responsible to obtain permission to use any copyrighted material.
  • We require Microsoft Word when you prepare your electronic file.

For All Other Products (Games, Videos, etc.):

  • Please allow up to two months for your proposal to be evaluated by our review committee.
  • The author/developer is responsible to obtain permission to use any copyrighted material.
  • Where applicable, we require Microsoft Word when you prepare your electronic file.

Thank you for considering NCYI as a possible home for your ideas.
We look forward to seeing what you’ve been working on!

Manuscript and Product Submission

  • Premise

  • List any special features, tips, online resources, etc.
  • Unique Selling Proposition

  • Manuscript

  • The Market

  • School Counselors, Special Ed, Parents, etc.
  • What will counselors and/or educators gain from this book? What will parents gain from this book?
  • Use Amazon to search for other titles in your category / similar topic.
  • About the Author

  • Include education, certificates, family, and what you do outside of school.
  • Include any places where you have had articles, blog posts, etc.
  • Opportunities for Promotion

  • Potential for Brand Growth

  • Include Branding, Marketing and/or Developing
  • Upload Your Manuscript

    Please upload your complete manuscript. (MS Word document)
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.