New York City is more than just a center of attraction for writers; it is home to some of the top book publishing companies in the world.
From science to art to religion, the cosmopolitan city has a publisher for each and every genre.
If you’re a New Yorker looking to get published, here are 21 top book publishing houses in New York City that you should consider:
Yes, the Harry Potter publisher operates from New York City. It was originally established in 1986 in England, but the publishing giant now distributes worldwide with publishing offices in Delhi, Sydney and New York. It won the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year Award and the Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year Award in 2013. Previously, the company has also been crowned The Bookseller Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year. Needless to say, you stand a good chance of success if you get published with them. You can visit their submission guidelines and policy page for more information regarding the submission procedure.
This is one of the leading independent trade publishing companies in New York that launched its operations in 2001. The company publishes only a select few genres – philosophy, humour, personal memoir and business titles. Rosetta Books has published the works of some of the most amazing authors in the industry. You can view their full list of published authors here. ‘On the Verge’ and ‘Gratitude in Low Voices’ are a couple of Rosetta Books’ top titles that are worth a read. Here are all the contact details if you wish to contact the company for submissions.
This is a privately owned B2B publishing company that is headquartered in New York City and has representatives all over Europe and Asia. No other company has published more rail industry information than Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation. Marine, aviation, signage, and aviation are 4 other subject areas that they cover. They have a rich portfolio of products that includes magazines, e-newsletters, directories and books. The company can be contacted via mail at the addresses listed here.
Cambridge University Press was founded almost 5 centuries ago by King Henry VIII of England, making it one of the oldest publishing companies in the world! Originally based in England, the Cambridge University Press now has an exclusive publishing office in New York as well. Its publications mainly cater to the academic and educational niches, but the Press does also publish works across a number of other categories including fiction. Its reputation for publishing research journals, monographs and textbooks is second to none. Visit this web page for more information regarding how to get published with Cambridge University Press.
5. Rodale Press
When it comes to NY publishing companies, Rodale Inc. is renowned all over the world for its health and wellness related publications. Founded by J.I. Rodale in 1930, the business boasts some exciting names on its list of published authors. These include Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz, as well as former US vice president Al Gore. ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, ‘Onward’ and ‘The Bulletproof Diet’ are just 3 of its titles that have sold as bestsellers on the market. If you’re a health and wellness content writer looking to get published, this is the perfect publishing company for you. Here’s how you can contact them.
Known an ‘America’s Independent Publisher’, Kensington Publishing is a multi-generational family business that was set up in 1974. It is a full range publisher that publishes under a variety of imprints like ‘Zebra’, ‘Pinnacle’, ‘Lyrical Press’ and ‘Dafina’. Kensington has an extensive list of published authors that includes names like Kurt Anderson and Fred Austin. You can view the full list here. They do not currently accept children’s, young adult, middle grade and poetry submissions. You can go through the company’s submission guidelines here.
With 46 NYT bestsellers, and a backlist that spans in excess of 6000 books, Skyhorse Publishing is the fastest growing book publisher in the United States. They have published some amazing books in the past which include titles like ‘Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ and ‘Last Flag Flying’. Skyhorse is also the proud publisher of Mo Yan, the winner of 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature. They accept submissions from only a particular set of genres. You can view these and all other submission guidelines here.
This organization is a subsidiary of Barnes and Noble, and has published more than 5000 titles since its inception by David Alfred Boehm in 1949. They publish books across a wide and varied range of subjects including autobiographies and biographies, gardening, lifestyle, history, current affairs, music, sports and reference books. Sterling Publishers have published under 18 distinct imprints to date. Some of the notable authors they have published are Richard Scarry, Paul Sloane and Peter Yarrow. Unsure about who to contact for submissions? You can find all their contact details here.
9. Select Books
Select Books was founded by Kenzi Sugihara in 2001 with an aim to introduce the world to eloquent writers. They have since published some extremely thought-provoking titles like ‘The Buddha from Babylon’ and ‘What is Reality’. Price Ainsworth and James Alexander are two of the most well-known authors that have used their services to reach out to their global audiences. You can address your submission related concerns and queries to the company through this web page.
10. New Directions
This publishing house was opened up by a 22-year-old Harvard Sophomore, James Laughlin, in the year 1936. Their title ‘The Musical Brain’ was a #1 bestseller on Amazon at one point in time. The Desert and its Seed is another exciting title that they are set to launch soon – so if you’re an avid reader, you’ll want to be on the lookout for this one as well. New Directions do not restrict themselves to a particular genre; they welcome all kinds of literary texts. You can go through the complete set of submission guidelines and permissions on this page.
Columbia University Press is affiliated with Columbia University and was founded over a century ago in 1893. It is the United States’ fourth oldest university press that is committed to publishing and promoting original works in the fields of science, literature, economics, history and other subjects. Over the years, it has published some prominent figures in US history such as Woodrow Wilson and William Howard. If you wish to get published by them, you’ll have to send them a proposal containing a brief description of your book, a table of contents, a review of the literature, and analysis of your book’s target audience. You can find all the submission guidelines here.
12. MTM Publishing
With awards and honours like the Dartmouth Medal, Outstanding Academic Title and Editor’s Choice Award, MTM Publishing is an established publishing company that caters to adult and young readers with educational, non-fiction, reference and juvenile books. You can visit their Publishing Services page for more information about the services they provide and how to send them your manuscripts.
Peter Workman founded this company almost 5 decades ago, in the year 1968. They have established associations with some incredible authors over the years – Robert Llewellyn and Laura Allen are two of these shining stars. Known primarily for trade and non-fiction books, Workman Publishers have released some enthralling award-winning titles like ‘The Witch’s Boy’, ‘Ad hoc at Home’ and ‘Foliage’. For people who’re interested in submitting them their manuscripts, please note that they will only accept copies of your work – NOT the original manuscripts. Here’s how you can contact them for submissions and international queries.
14. Seven Stories
Recognize the name Noam Chomsky? That’s right, the renowned psychologist and linguist along with several other prominent figures is published by this very organization. Founded in 1995 by Dan Simon, Seven Stories publish political books, literary fiction and poetry under their 3 imprints – Seven Stories Press, Triangle Square and Siete Cuentos Editorial. This top publishing house publishes original works as well as translated versions from various languages. You can review the submission guidelines at this page.
This company has been serving the educational sector for nearly a century. Its publications are used in tens of thousands of schools and households around the globe. The organization was established by Maurice ‘Robbie’ Robinson way back in 1920, and today It stands as a widely recognized multinational company that has published numerous educational resources for students, teachers and for parents. If you’re a writer with a desire to educate, this might just be the publisher you’ve been looking for. Here’s how you can get in touch with them.
You know it just as well as I do, Dan Brown and John Grisham are two of the most widely celebrated authors. But did you know both these authors are published by Penguin Random House? Yep, that’s right. Pearson PLC And Bertelsmann merged to form Penguin Random House in 2013 and created one of the largest book publishing companies. It operates as a multinational publisher headquartered in New York City that has distribution channels spread across the globe. They cater to both adult and young audiences, with 70,000 digital and 15,000 print publications every year. You can enquire about submission policies and guidelines online.
17. Garland Science
As the name suggests, this publisher specializes in science textbooks. It welcomes texts from all fields of science including plant science and biophysics. The company has nearly 30 years of experience of publishing resources for students, instructors and for authors. ‘Genomes’ and ‘A First Course in Systems Biology’ are two of the most commonly used science textbooks that were published by Garland Science. If you’re interested in submitting them your work for publication, you can contact the company through this online contact form.
In addition to ‘Penguin Random House’, this is another “Big Five” English Language publishing company that is headquartered in New York City. Since its inception in 1989, the company has published thousands of fiction and non-fiction bestselling titles that grace our bookshelves today. These feature award-winning classics like ‘Charlotte’s Web’, ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’. You’ve read them all, haven’t you? Only two of the company’s imprints accept unsolicited submissions – Avon Impulse and Harper Legend. Here’s the complete set of guidelines for submitting manuscripts.
They have an eye for aesthetic visuals and imagery. In fact, ABRAMS was founded in 1949 and was the first US company to specialize in art books. Many of its publications in areas of crafts, comics, cooking, interior design and photography have been critically acclaimed across the world. If you want them to consider your works for publication, here’s the procedure you will need to follow.
This is yet another multinational company that provides book publishing services in New York City. Alexander Macmillan and Daniel Macmillan founded the company in 1843 – 174 years ago – in Scotland. They welcome fiction and non-fiction books from all genres and in all formats. Lily Blackwood, John Pomfret and Rachel Cusk are three authors that have been published by Macmillan in the past. Many of their publications have also sold as bestsellers. These include the award-winning ‘Wisdom of Freedom’ by Oprah Winfrey and ‘Discipline Equals Freedom’ by Jocko Willink. You can contact the company directly for any general or submission related queries.
Hachette Book Group is owned by the third largest trade and educational publishing company in the world – Hachette Livre. They were founded in 2006 and are headquartered in New York City. They are a well reputed organization with a list of published authors that includes some of the biggest names in the industry – J.K. Rowling, Tom Wolfe, J.D. Salinger and Malala Yusufzai. The company rarely accepts unsolicited submissions and you will need a literary agent to get published with Hachette. The company can be contacted through this online form.
There you have it. That’s our list of 21 top book publishing companies in New York City.
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My name is Adil Khan and I’m a student of English Literature and Linguistics. Writing is much more than a profession for me. It’s a hobby, a passion, and a purpose. For the past 5 years, my days have been following the cycle of: read, write, sleep, repeat.