I'm coming across several rejection letters due to the fact that many publishers simply aren't accepting unsolicitated ms. I have the 2005 Children's Writers and Illustrators Market book and have done some homework on who's accepting, etc., but they have obviously closed their doors this year. My question is, how do I get in the door?? I'm really too destitute to work with an agent, and I already know there's not much money in the biz. I know I have at least a dozen creative stories that are publishable, which I've been tweaking over the past 10 years. I have all different types, including a YA fiction novel that is halfway complete. I'm a first-year Language Arts teacher and a former reporter of a small newspaper. More so, why are there so many freaks cramming up the circuit!!!?
Um. You get in the door by being persistent and submitting to the publishers who are accepting unsolicited manuscripts currently. There are so many unrealistic people submitting to slush because people think children's books are just something you can knock off 1-2-3.
Keep working, and keep submitting.