Manuscript and Product Submission

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

Updated June 2023

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 is looking for potential authors who are:

  • actively engaged online with others, through social media, blogging, and other online community.
  • either currently speaking in schools and/or conferences, or is interested in pitching themselves to present in the education arena.
  • excited about a true partnership with a publisher—both sides doing their part to develop a strong story and bring awareness to the book.
  • looking for a publishing “home,” where they can grow as an author and publish multiple titles.

NCYI’s Focus

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

Children’s storybooks on various Social Emotional Learning and character and personal development topics including:

  • Growth Mindset and Positive Thinking
  • Resilience and Grit
  • Grief
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Friendship and Positive Relationships
  • Conflict Management
  • Self-Regulation
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Technology


Small Group Counseling manuals for Middle / High School

Alternative Approaches to Behavior Management in the classroom

NCYI topics include:

Anger & Violence
Character Education
Child Abuse
Conflict Resolution
Cyber Bullying
Domestic Violence
Fear / Anxiety
Grief In-School Suspension
Relational Aggression
Service Learning
Small Groups
Social and Emotional Issues related to Medical problems
Study Skills

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 which can be judged by the positive outcomes and attitudes in students.
  • are mostly developed by educators, for educators. They have been developed out of practical 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 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.
  • Before submitting your proposal, please read the section above about what we look for in potential authors. If, for instance, you are not actively engaged online currently, we’d be looking for that to be in place before considering your proposal.

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

For Books, Workbooks, and Storybooks:

  • Please allow two months for your manuscript to be evaluated by our review committee and editors. If you have not heard from our team in that time, your proposal is not the right fit for us.
  • If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we ask for close adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • The author is responsible for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material.
  • We require Microsoft Word when preparing your electronic files.

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

  • Please allow two months for your proposal to be evaluated by our review committee. If you have not heard from our team in that time, your proposal is not the right fit for us.
  • The author/developer is responsible for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material.
  • Where applicable, we require Microsoft Word when preparing 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!

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