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.
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.