How well have children’s board books performed in the LDS market? Is this an area for which publishers would like to see more submissions?
I don’t have any figures on this but yes, I think there is a market for it and I think the larger publishers will consider board books.
If they’re not selling well and/or LDS publishers aren’t looking at them, in my opinion it’s because:
- Board books are expensive to make due to their construction, the board, full color images and the gloss on the pages to protect them.
- Limited audience = small print run = less mark-up = higher risk.
- Some of the board books I’ve seen look like they’ve cut corners with the illustrations. They just aren’t attractive. Ugly pictures = low sales.
That said, as a consumer, I would LOVE to see more LDS specific board books (with CUTE pictures) that I could use during Sacrament meeting to keep the kidlings quiet.
Go to your local LDS bookstore or look at their websites and see who’s doing board books right now. Then send them a query.