7 Top Book Publishing Companies in Washington, D.C.

7 Top Book Publishing Companies in Washington, D.C.

By on Jan 23, 2018 in Publishing

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If you’re an author from Washington, D.C. looking for a local publisher for your manuscript, this post is especially for you.

Take a look at our list of 7 top book publishing companies in Washington D.C. One of these might just be the perfect publisher for you and your book.


1. Bacon Press Books

Bacon Press Books was initially started in 2012 to help authors take their already published hardback books and publish them as eBooks and paperbacks. Although this still remains the main goal of this independent publisher, it has evolved into an organization that also publishes original fiction and nonfiction from time to time. Bacon Press Books works with authors across all phases of the publishing and promotion process and has a strong network of editors, designers and book publicists. If you’ve written a book that has already been published in hardback and now want to publish it in paperback and as an eBook, you need to send a short letter in the first instance explaining your book concisely, and your reasons for wanting to publish it. Some details about why you would like to get published by Bacon Press Books would also be useful. Take a look here for more details.


2. Mage Publishers

Founded in 1985, Mage Publishers is an independent publisher of books about Persian culture in English. If you would like to make a submission, Mage Publishers publishes various facets of Persian culture such as history books, cookbooks, and children’s books, translations of literature, autobiographies, biographies, music books, poetry and studies about architecture. When making a submission, you need to send an email that contains an outline of your book and your biography. This publisher usually responds to a submission within 6-8 weeks. Head over to this page for more details.


3. RedBone Press

RedBone Press was started by Lisa C. Moore in 1997 in order to address the lack of black lesbian writers in lesbian feminist publishing. It continues to publish books that promote black lesbian and gay men, and works that enhance the understanding between back lesbians and gay men with the mainstream black community. If you would like to make a submission to RedBone Press, you need to send a book proposal. Take a look at this page for more information.


4. Neely Worldwide Publishing

Started in 2014 by Darrell and Katie Neely, Neely Worldwide Publishing is an independent publisher that works with authors from across the world. It is currently accepting submissions across different genres including fiction, nonfiction, photography books, commercial fiction, poetry, anthologies, novellas, educational books, children’s books and lifestyle works. If you would like to make a submission for a nonfiction book, your proposal needs to include a cover letter (that contains details about the genre of your book and word count), an introduction to your book, up to 30 pages from your manuscript, an overview of the market your book is targeted to, your biography, your previous publications, and your qualifications. If your book is fiction, then you need to submit a cover letter (containing information about genre and word count), a synopsis, and the first three chapters of your book, your biography and your credentials. Submissions can be made via email and through snail-mail. Take a look at the submission guidelines to ensure your submission complies with this publisher’s requirements.


5. Regnery Publishing

Regnery Publishing was founded by Henry Renery in 1947 and since it started, its focus has been on publishing conservative books that inspire discussions about issues facing the United States. Authors whose books it has published include Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Dinesh D’Souza, Donald Trump, and Ed Klein, among many others. More than 50 of its titles have made the New York Times bestseller list, and it also has a number of imprints such as Regnery History, which publishes stories about American history, Regnery Kids, a publisher of children’s books, Little Patriotic Press, which is dedicated to publishing works for young readers through educational books and Lifeline Press for health and wellness books. If you’re interested in make a submission to Regnery Publishing, you need a literary agent to submit a proposal on your behalf.


6. Island Press

Island Press is a not-for-profit publisher formed in 1984. Its mission is to provide the very best concepts and information to readers whose work it is to protect the environment and create solutions to the complex issues arising from it. Island Press publishes approximately 40 new titles annually and has more than 800 works in print. The types of books it publishes are centred on sustainability and cover topics such as ecosystem, climate and energy, health and food, law, economics, policy and the built environment. If you would like to make a submission to Island Press, it advises you to take a look at books in its catalogue, to understand the requirements of its editors and then submit your proposal. Your proposal needs to be sent to the appropriate editor and your book can be at any stage of development. You can download submission guidelines at this page. Ensure you create your proposal using the notes in guidance document.


7. ICS Publications

The publishing house of the Institute of Carmelite Studies, ICS Publications has published translations of Carmelite classics such as works of John of the Cross, Lawrence of the Resurrection and Teresa of Avila, among others. This independent Roman Catholic publisher also publishes scholarly books on other well-known Carmelite individuals and topics such as Carmelite martyrs from previous centuries, and historical accounts of the Discalced Carmelite Order. It also publishes essays written by authors and authorities in Carmelite spirituality through a Carmelite Studies series.

If you’ve written a book in English about Carmelite spirituality or Carmelite saints or historic figures, either for general readers or a more niche audience, and would like to make a submission, you need to send (1) a query letter that describes your book, its target audience, what makes it different to works already available, its length, and your credentials, and (2) a prospectus outlining your book, a table of contents, the introduction to your book and a couple of sample chapters. The email addresses to send these materials to are: editor@icspublications.org  or morrisonocd@yahoo.com. Do take a look at the submission guidelines for full details on what to include in your submission and the format for doing so. Do note this publisher doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions for poetry, children’s books, fiction and books describing personal religious revelations. This publishing house aims to get back to queries made within 6-8 weeks, although if its backlog is large, this can take longer.

Are you a book publisher in Washington D.C.? Please introduce your organization in the comments box below!

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