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. Do note that Bloomsbury will only accept your submission if it is represented by a reputed literary agent. You can, however, contact their editors for submissions in academic titles, military history, nautical and sports.
Established in 1935 in New York City, Holiday House is one of the biggest publishers of children’s book across America. Over the last couple of decades, the company has published several award-winning books for children that have enriched and enlightened them to the core. Their iconic logo was illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard who also illustrated the famous ‘Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Winnie the Pooh’ titles. Some of the best-selling books from Holiday House include ‘Dear Ballerina’ by Monica Wellington, ‘The Adventures of A Girl Called Bicycle’ by Christina Uss and ‘Big and Little’ by Cheryl Pilgrim. The company is currently accepting unsolicited submissions and can be reached out on this page.
A leading publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction, Persea Books was established in 1975 by Michael and Karen Braziller. The duo still owns and operates this Broadway based company. Throughout the last few years, Persea has published several engaging and culturally relevant titles spanning across multiple genres, styles and narrative voices. Unlike many other literary fiction publishers, Persea also has an innovative program for anthologies and poetry. Some of their best titles include ‘Nightfather’ by Carl Friedman and ‘Our House In The Last Word’ by Oscar Hijuelos. Currently, Persea Books is open for submissions from both authors and literary agents. You can share your best works to them on this page.
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.
Founded in 2004 by Shari Dash Greenspan, Flashlight Press is a leading publisher of children’s books. Since its very inception, the company was driven to publish heart-warming titles for young readers that aren’t just engaging, but that also explore humorous family situations and social interactions. Some of their best titles are ‘Carla’s Sandwich’ by Debbie Herman, ‘Alley Oops’ by Janice Levy, and ‘Dragon and Captain’ by P.R Allabach. The company is always seeking captivating titles from amateur and established authors. So, if you have some great works to share, reach out to them here.
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.
Three Rooms Press is a NYC based independent publisher of cutting-edge literary fiction, memoirs, and poetry. The company was established almost twenty-five years back by editors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, and since then, they’ve successfully rolled out engaging, passionately written titles that revolutionizes mainstream fiction to the core. Some of their best-selling titles are ‘Nirvana is Here’ by Aaron Hamburger, and ‘Everything Grows’ by Aimee Herman. Three Rooms Press is currently open for submissions. You can contact them on this page.
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. While New Directions does not accept unsolicited submissions, they welcome brief queries about the submission process. You can go through the complete set of 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.
One of the oldest publishers to be featured on our list, W.W Norton & Company was founded in 1923 by William Warder Norton. Since the 1960s, however, it came to be wholly owned by its employees. Norton publishes textbooks, fiction and non-fiction titles that educate, engage and inspire its readers. They roll out almost 400 books every year throug their trade and professional departments. Some of their newest titles are ‘Under Land’ by Robert Macfarlane, ‘You May Ask Yourself’ by Dalton Conley, and ‘Patsy’ by Nicole Dennis-Benn. Norton doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions and they will only consider your title if it is represented by a literary agent. You can find out more about their submission guidelines here.
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.
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.
The publishing division of Fordham University, Fordham University Press was established in 1907. The press is headquartered at the university’s Lincoln Centre in Manhattan and it focuses on publishing ground-breaking titles from authors across the globe. Fordham University Press has both print and digital formats and they are constantly looking to collaborate with bright minds both on and off the campus. Their newest titles are ‘Only In New York’ by Sam Roberts, ‘In The Shadow Of Genius’ by Barbara G. Mensch and ‘Boss of Black Brooklyn’ by Ron Howell. The press is currently accepting submissions for scholarly titles in humanities and social science. So, if you have a similar work to share, contact them here.
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. While Penguin Random House will only consider your work if it is represented by a reputed literary agent, their imprint DAW accepts unsolicited submissions for science and fantasy novels.
Established in 1997 by Johnny Temple, Akashic is a Brooklyn-based independent press that publishes literary fiction and political non-fiction from overlooked, newbie authors. The company is fond of bold, quirky narrative voices and are constantly looking to publish unconventional tales. Some of their popular books are ‘Bedrock Faith’ by Eric Charles May and ‘Drifting’ by Katia D. Ulysse. While they aren’t currently accepting submissions for their print titles, you can always send your manuscripts for their weekly digital editions. Complete details about their submission process can be found on this page.
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? Currently only one of the company’s imprints, Avon Impulse, is accepting unsolicited manuscripts. 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. Do note that ABRAMS doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions. You need to consult a literary agent to get your works published by them.
Are you fond of writing ground-breaking feminist titles that challenges the prevailing social norms? If yes, Feminist Press might be a great platform for you. Established in 1970 by Florence Howe, this press has published some revolutionary titles in feminist studies from award-winning authors across the globe. Some of their recent titles include ‘Ain’t I A Diva?’ by Kevin Allred, ‘Mars’ by Asja Bakic, and ‘Training Schools for Negro Girls’ by Camille Acker. The company is currently open for submissions and you can contact them on this page.
A leading publisher of children’s books, Enchanted Lions Press publishes unique, mind-boggling titles for kids and young adults. Established in 2003, this Brooklyn based publisher focuses on titles that reflect cultural exchange and diversity. Some of their best titles include ‘Up Down Inside Out’ by JooHee Yoon, and ‘Life as a Mini Hero’ by Olivier Tallec. While the company isn’t accepting new submissions right now, the submission window is likely to open sometime in 2020. Check out this page for more guidelines about the submission process.
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.