4 Top Book Publishing Companies in Iowa

4 Top Book Publishing Companies in Iowa

By on Feb 9, 2018 in Publishing

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Are you an author who has written a book and are based in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, Davenport or another city in Iowa?

Are you looking for a book publisher for your manuscript?

If so, one of the following 4 top book publishing companies in Iowa might just be the right publisher for you and your book.


1. Landauer Publishing

Landauer Publishing was founded by Jeramy Landauer and her husband Chuck in 1991. It currently has more than 100 titles published and its works continue to gain recognition nationally through winning awards in competitions. This publisher publishes high quality books that share techniques and methods for creative endeavors, such as art and music, embroidery and needle craft, quilting, kids’ quilts, laundry basket quilts, and sewing and crafts.

If you’ve written a high quality book that would fit into Landauer’s catalog, you need to submit a book proposal that includes your profile as an author, your book concept and the readers it is targeted to, details about why your book is different from the competition, a specification for your book, a table of contents, project samples, an example of instructions for implementing techniques, your royalty rates and guarantee expectations from the publisher, and an estimation of how long it will take to complete any projects you plan on including in your book, and the manuscript itself. Do ensure to take a look at this page for full submission details, which you can also download as a PDF document.


2. University of Iowa Press

An academic publisher, and the university press of the University of Iowa, University of Iowa Press was formed in 1969 and is Iowa’s only such press. It publishes creative nonfiction, short fiction and poetry, and is committed to preserving various facets of the Midwest ranging from history and literature to culture and nature. If you’re interested in making a submission, University of Iowa Press looks for proposals on topics including the craft of writing, food studies, studies about fans, general nonfiction, literary nonfiction, history, book arts, Midwest culture, history and nature, poetry, public humanities and other areas you can read about here.

This university press publishes short fiction through two awards known as Iowa Short Fiction Award and John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Poetry is published through the Iowa Poetry Prize. While submitting proposals for works to be published in certain series, and for fiction and poetry, these have their own submission guidelines, if your work is about another topic also covered by this press, can follow the guidance at this page on preparing a book proposal.


3. Ice Cube Press

Founded in 1993 by author, publisher and entrepreneur, Steve Semken, Ice Cube Press is an award-winning independent publishing house based in North Liberty, Iowa. Its niche is in the publishing and promoting of books by Midwest authors who write books about Midwest life and how best to live in this part of the United States. Currently, Ice Cube Press has a large number of submissions and isn’t accepting any new ones. However, keep your eye on this page for information about when this publisher starts to accept submissions again.


4. Brooklyn Publishers

Based in Cedar Rapids, Brooklyn Publishers has been contributing to high schools, middle schools and youth theatres through its award-winning stage plays for more than 10 years. Specializing in powerful scripts that are cutting edge, and clean, the genres of plays it publishes include mystery, comedy, drama, fantasy, melodrama and farce. These can be anywhere between 10 minutes to 120 minutes in duration. If you’ve written a play that is a full length one, a ten minutes monologue, one act, a ten minutes duet, a ten minutes play or a short play collection for the teen market, you can make a submission. Your submission needs to include a short synopsis, details about the genre of the play, the size of its cast and duration, a list of characters, your production history if you have one, a brief bio and contact information. You can send your submission through Brooklyn Publisher’s website or by emailing editor@brookpub.com or through snail-mail. Take a look at this page for more details.

Have you had a book published by one of the above book publishers in Iowa? Please share your experiences in the comments box below!

Also, if you run a book publishing company in Iowa, please tell us about your organization, the types of books you publish and how authors can submit work to you.

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