21 Top Book Publishing Companies in Minnesota
As a writer, Minnesota could be the perfect place to work and get published.
Over the years, strong entrepreneurial spirit has helped develop the publishing industry.
Publishers work in tandem with local libraries and schools to establish reading as a habit from early age.
There are all kinds of publishers in Minnesota that makes it easier for writers of all genres to choose and collaborate with.
Before making your choice, it is always helpful to know what lies ahead of you and there’s something for every kind of writer out there.
So, we have compiled a list of 21 top book publishing companies in Minnesota.
A press with a religious and spiritual mission, Liturgical Press was established in 1926. They have managed to spread the Christian faith and community beliefs for nearly 92 years. Annually the Press publishes journals, multimedia series, journals, academic textbooks, and books about scripture, faith and spirituality and reference works. Situated in Collegeville, the Catholic publishing company prints books in English and Spanish. Interested writers need to read submission guidelines and proposal details carefully on this page.
Llewellyn George formed Llewellyn Worldwide in 1901 in Portland as an exclusive publisher of astrological books. Eventually they started printing books about mind, spirit, New Age wellness and development. In 1961, Carl L. Weschcke bought the company and relocated it to Minnesota. It is one of the largest and oldest publishers of wellness, health and living, spirit, mind and faith books. They started two imprints in 2006, Midnight Ink- for mystery fiction and Flux– for young adult fiction. Flux was later sold to North Star Editions, Inc. in 2016. Based in Woodbury, Llewellyn is looking for books with a practical approach to topics like meditation, astrology, healing, tarot, yoga, enlightenment, Reiki and ghost hunting. Writers can find submission guidelines and more topics here.
An independent publisher in Rushford, Shipwreckt Books has been printing books in genres like fiction, memoirs, poetry and their indie magazine Lost Lake Folk Opera. They are looking for original, eclectic works in various genres of fiction so read the submission guidelines before submitting.
A boutique publishing agency providing all printing, publishing and editorial services to authors, Wise Ink Creative Publishing is based in Minneapolis. Having published almost 400 authors, they understand what it is to work creatively in sync with a first time author and bring their dream to fruition. No genre is too small or niche for them but some of their previously published books have been about food, romance, thriller, action, mystery, fiction, cooking and non-fiction. Fill this form to get in touch with them and discuss your book proposal.
Formed in 1859, Minnesota Historical Society Press (MNHS Press) is the largest historical society press and based in St. Paul. They print books about local culture, history, and region and use books to promote Minnesota. They have three imprints- Minnesota Historical Society Press, Borealis Books and MNHS Express. Minnesota History Magazine true to its name prints books about history with illustrations and high quality designed books. Preferred topics include local art, history, politics, gender studies, food, travel, war, crime and nature. Writers should read the submission guidelines and details carefully before submitting their manuscript proposal.
Founded in 1925, University of Minnesota Press is a pillar in the publishing industry in Minnesota. They are a founding member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) and situated in Minneapolis. As a publishing arm of the University, they print books in different genres, choosing to provide critique and perspective in topics such as history, politics, women’s studies, law, environment, art, media, film, journalism and design. Before sending a manuscript, you need to send a prospectus to them with all details. Find more about instructions on this page.
Having been in the publishing business for nearly 3 decades, ABDO Publishing is located in Minneapolis and North Mankato. ABDO has divisions and imprints such as ABDO Kids, ABDO Zoom, ABDO Publishing, ABDO Magic Oven, Spotlight, EPIC Press and ABDO Digital. They are one of the biggest publishers in Minnesota and one of their aims is to make reading cool for kids. To meet that goal, they are working on re-imagining old content in new formats such as graphic novels and interactive experiences. They only accept fiction so find out contact details and information here before submitting your manuscript.
This Manakota based business is a small family owned publisher offering self-publishing opportunities to authors. It is a perfect publisher to choose if you are just starting out and do not want to work with a big corporation. Minnesota Heritage Publishing treats each book as an individual project, instead of a number and give personalized attention and customization to the author. Printing, editing, consulting and design are some of the services you can choose from should you opt for Minnesota Heritage Publishing. Contact them for further details and to receive a quote about services offered.
Launched in 1994 by Leonard Flachman and Karen Walhof, Kirk House Publishers is located in Minneapolis. Having 46 years of experience between them has helped them create a company that provides complete dedication, passion and energy to every book and author that works with them. With their three imprints- Kirk House Publishers, Quill House Publishers and Lutheran University Press they have printed almost 200 titles. They offer traditional and self-publishing options so you can decide for yourself after you discuss your project with them. The genres they print are varied and include topics such as women’s issues, fiction, travel, cooking, biography, wellness, health, arts and culture. Read about submission details and contact information here.
10. Paragon House
A publisher with a mission, Paragon House chooses to educate readers around the world about global issues using books. They publish non-fiction with the intention of creating awareness amongst people and helping them shape opinions. Based in St. Paul, Paragon House only prints serious non-fiction and scholarly works in politics, global issues, international affairs, religion, history and health. Interested writers should read the submission guidelines on this page.
11. Capstone Press
A famous publisher in Mankato, Capstone Press has 25 years of experience in the industry. Children’s books, educational materials, fiction for children, illustrated books and reading materials are some things they publish. They also provide digital products and interactive experiences for students and learners. You can read submission guidelines and details here.
12. Jolly Fish Press
A newer entry in the Minnesota publishing market, Jolly Fish Press was launched in 2011. But since then, it has quickly managed to become a disruptive, fresh voice in the industry by promoting unique and edgy talent. They only publish Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction books in print and digital formats. They were acquired by North Star Editions, Inc. in 2016 but continue to operate in Mendota Heights in Minnesota. Jolly Fish Press works closely with writers to create, edit and promote their books so writers looking for a personalized and customized experience should consider approaching them. You can read submission details and guidelines on this page.
13. Riverfeet Press
Daniel J. Rice formed Riverfeet Press in 2013 to bridge the gap between publishers and authors. It is based in Livingston and wishes to be in a creative partnership with authors instead of just taking over the process. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are the genres they accept. They are currently accepting only full-length manuscripts. Read submission details here before sending your proposal.
Located in Golden Valley, Tristan Publishing prints books with messages and spirit. Believing in spreading positivity through books, Tristan Publishing is owned by Brett and Sheila Waldman. They currently have three imprints- Tristan Outdoors, Tristan Publishing and Waldman House Press. While they are not limited to fiction or non-fiction, they want stories that are uplifting, about faith, about Jesus Christ and the power of human kindness. Writers can find contact details and instructions on this page.
15. North Star Press
With nearly 50 years of publishing experience, North Star Press is situated in St. Cloud. They focus exclusively on books about the region and quality stories about the local area and culture. Corinne Dwyer, the current owner is also a writer and uses that perspective to seek out regional talent. Publishing houses such as North Star Press can be of great help to first time local authors because they are relentless in the pursuit of pushing forward regional and resident writers. The genres they accept include local history, fiction, art, young adult fiction, mystery and memoirs. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, visit this page. North Star Press also provides self-publishing services if you are inclined towards that option.
16. New Rivers Press
C.W. Truesdale formed New Rivers Press in 1968. This publishing house has a long tradition of seeking new talent with the intent of sharing stories from a fresh and unique angle. Located in Moorhead, they accept varied genres and forms such as fiction, short stories, anthologies, poetry, novellas and memoirs. They have different competitions and submissions periods through the year. Read more about the instructions on this page.
A part of the publishing giant Lerner Publishing Group, Kar-Ben was established in 1974. The Minneapolis based company has over 300 titles in print and looks out for children’s titles, middle school fiction, folk tales, activity books and non-fiction with an emphasis on Jewish culture and heritage. Kar-Ben believes in quality over quantity and only prints 15-20 titles annually. Aspiring authors can find submission guidelines here.
18. Redleaf Press
St. Paul, one of the twin cities of Minnesota (other being Minneapolis) is home to Redleaf Press, a nonprofit publisher of resources for professionals in the field of education. Started in 1973, they have been a pioneer in developing materials and books for education, childhood learning and family. Redleaf Press wishes to publish books that will help teachers, family and educators in child care, learning and development. Authors can find more details on this page.
19. Voyageur Press
In 1977, Roger DuBois decided to print and publish books about Minnesota and the surrounding region. Opting for topics such as environment, nature and local culture, Voyageur Press was taken over by Quarto Group in 2007. With their offices in Minneapolis, it continues to champion regional talent and topics such as local art, food, travel, music and science. The submission guidelines are listed here and you need to submit your manuscript according to the category it fits in.
20. Fortress Press
Being in the publishing business since 1962, Fortress Press has committed over 50 years to publishing books about faith, scripture, Christian studies, theology and history. They published 112 titles in 2017 in print and digital format. Their readership is wide and aimed at students, teachers, readers and professionals all looking to converse and be educated about Christian beliefs and faith. Read submission guidelines carefully before submitting your manuscript.
Milt Adams started Beaver’s Pond Press to mentor authors and writers struggling to get their first break. A self-publishing company located in Edina, Beaver’s Pond Press is always on the lookout for new authors and stories. They offer editing, review, designing, printing, marketing and distribution services. They customize packages and services depending on your needs. Writers can fill this form to receive further details and information,
That’s our list of 21 top book publishing companies in Minnesota. Minneapolis has been known as the publishing capital of the Midwest so a lot of publishers chose to have their offices there but St. Paul is rising slowly and steadily to compete with Minneapolis.
The publishing industry in Minnesota is close knit, supportive and encouraging of new talent. But there is also intense competition and if you want to get noticed, you have to choose the right publisher.
Hence, we suggest you take your time and decide carefully who you choose to work with because your publisher can determine the success or the failure of your book.