If you’re writer who has written a book, got it edited and decided you want to publish it in the traditional fashion, this post is especially for you.
Below we’ve featured 20 top traditional publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
The Albert Whitman & Company located in Park Ridge, Illinois is a publisher of children’s books. Although founded in 1919, John Quattrocchi and Pat McPartland took the helm in 2008 as co-owners of the firm. If you’ve written a book that’s a picture book or a middle grade fiction or a young adult novel, then you can send in your manuscript for consideration. Take a look at the submission guidelines before you reach out to them. Some of the topics on which they publish books are childhood concerns, disability, culture, holidays, environment, folktale and many more. Future Lost by Elizabeth Briggs is one of their newest titles.
Bruce Bortz is the name behind the rise of Bancroft Press. In 1992, he set up the publishing company in Baltimore. They publish both fiction and nonfiction in all kinds of genres. If you’d like to work with them as an author, then read their instructions on submitting a manuscript. A couple of books that they’ve put forth in 2017 are Black Eyed Susan by Elizabeth Leiknes and Fall From Grace by Libby Sternberg.
Is your book a work of fiction, an essay, a memoir or poetry? Then you should consider getting it published by Regal House Publishing. It was Jaynie Royal, author and editor, who established this company in the year 2014. You’ll find their office in Raleigh, North Carolina. To know more about how to proceed with contacting them, read their submission guidelines. They have two imprints, namely Fitzroy Books that deals with middle grade, young adult and new adult novels and Pact Press that works with content supporting diversity. Crossing the Border by Daniel Olivas is one of their books.
Only if you’re an established author with previous published works should you take into consideration Koehler Books, because for new authors they have a co-publishing plan, wherein you’d have to bear some costs. Founded by John Koehler in 2009, they are housed in Virginia Beach. A few of the genres that they publish books in are fantasy, adventure, coming of age, psychology, romance, mystery etc. You’ll find Fast Backward by David Patneaude and The Lost Coin by Samuel Hayes Sherwood in their catalogue. They have a page on what you need to know about submitting your work to them.
Kane Miller Books publishes children’s titles from all over the world. Established by Madeline Kane and Sandy Miller in 1984, it is based in La Jolla, California. They are looking to publish more picture books for children and if your picture book has to do with American subjects, then all the more better. You can go through their instructions for submission and then contact them through the form on their website. Bug Brother by Pete Johnson, illustrated by Mike Gordon is one of their latest releases.
6. AK Press
While AK Press was started in Stirling, Scotland by founder Ramsey Kanaan in 1987 as a mail order outlet, its publishing headquarters is in Oakland, California. They’re into anarchy publishing and so, some of the subject matters that interest them are activism, post-colonial struggle, atheism, feminism & women’s studies, sexism, philosophy etc. They also publish books in many other genres, all of which you can discover from their website homepage. Women of Resistance by Daniel Barnhart and The Beast by Hugh Goldring are two books they’ve worked on. If you feel that your manuscript is apt for their publishing firm, then read the submission guidelines and reach out to them.
An independent publishing company, Shambhala Publications is located in Boulder, Colorado. It was started by Samuel Bercholz and Michael Fagan in 1969. Parenting, cooking, psychology, creativity and Buddhism are some of the categories they are interested in. If you’d like to check out some of their books, take a look at The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone and Southern from Scratch by Ashley English. They have a few submission guidelines for authors who’d like to send in their works for publishing.
Karen Fuller is the owner of World Castle Publishing that began functioning in 2011. They are not looking to publish any nonfiction at the moment, but by all means send in your fictional novel for consideration, whether they belong to the genres of horror, mystery, suspense, science fiction, romance, fantasy or action and adventure. Based in Pensacola, Florida, some titles from their backlist include Taking Chances by Elissa Daye, Sensing Things by Nancy Young and Aramid by Paul Haddad. You’ll have to read their guidelines on submission before you submit your manuscript.
Salt Lake City, Utah is where you’ll find Shadow Mountain Publishing. At present, the managing director of this firm is Dave Brown. The website of the publishing house has an entire section dedicated to understanding the procedure of manuscript submission. Although they are particularly interested in middle grade fantasy and clean romance, they publish fiction and nonfiction in all genres. Our Sweet Basil Kitchen by Cade and Carrian Cheney and Embers of Destruction by J. Scott Savage are two books they’ve published.
10. The New Press
This New York City-based publishing firm has been doing the rounds since 1992. Andre Schiffrin and Diane Wachtell are the founders of The New Press. It publishes books on a wide range of subjects like economics, philosophy, culture, gender studies, ecology, religion, journalism, fiction and many others. A couple of titles that are associated with this firm are The Lost Education of Horace Tate by Vanessa Siddle Walker and The First Lady of Radio by Stephen Drury Smith. Follow their instructions for submission if you feel that they are a good choice for your manuscript.
11. Owl House Books
A publishing company devoted to delivering quality books in the science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller genres, Owl House Books was started by Leslie M. Browning. Since 2015, they have published some YA fiction novels, two of which happen to be Call of the Sun Child by Francesca G. Varela and Kodah and Me by Elizabeth Slayton. Owl House Books is located in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. If you wish to get your work published by them, then first read their submission guidelines.
12. Speaking Volumes
Speaking Volumes is set up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was founded in the year 2008 and publishes books in genres like poetry, western, science fiction, action adventure, mystery, thrillers to name a few. Kurt Mueller is currently the Managing Partner of the firm. A Café on the Nile by Bartle Bull, America Undead by Phil Elmore and Gettysburg by MacKinlay Kantor are a couple of books they’ve worked on. If you’d like to submit your manuscript to them, read through their submission guidelines to learn about the right channel of communication.
An independent publisher in Colorado, 5 Prince Publishing was instituted by Bernadette Soehner in the year 2011. For now, they are looking to receive manuscripts that are either romance fiction, chick lit or fantasy fiction. On their submission guidelines page, they have highlighted certain subcategories that they are especially interested in. The Tea Shop by Bernadette Marie, Star Seer by April Marcom and Stutter Creek by Ann Swann are some of their published books.
There are numerous children’s book publishers in the United States, but Ripple Grove Press prides itself on its ability to scout stories for children that haven’t been told before. Located in Shelburne, Vermont, the publishing company was established by Amanda Broder and Rob Broder in 2013. Dabbling in children’s picture books, Ripple Grove Press has published Graduation Day by Piotr Parda and Grandmother Thorn by Katie Howes, illustrated by Rebecca Hahn. To ensure that your work complies with their requirements, take a look at their submission guidelines.
Although known for their children’s books, Peachtree Publishers also work on young adult fiction, guide books for adults on parenting, health, education and nonfiction books. Helen Elliott founded the company in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. If you go through their backlist, you’ll find The Golden Glove by Fred Bowen and Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. At the moment, they are looking to partner with authors of middle grade writings, young adult writings and books about children or early readers. To know how to go about submitting your manuscript, read their guidelines.
Bob Baron, in the year 1984, established Fulcrum Publishing in Golden, Colorado. If you have authored a nonfiction book that’s a graphic novel, a comic or about the U.S history and culture, then you can submit your manuscript for consideration. They have previously published books related to gardening, education, current affairs, memoir, native American history etc. Red Prophet by David E. Wilkins and District Comics by Matt Dembicki are two of their releases.
It was the book Beyond the Veil Volume 1 that brought together Lyle Mortimer and Lee Nelson, who then proceeded to start Cedar Fort Publishing in 1986. With Bryce Mortimer as its president currently, the publishing firm engages with content that pertains to a variety of genres like cooking, martial arts, western, guides etc. In their new release catalogue, there is Cast Iron Kitchen by Jesseca Hallows and The Burnheart Redemption by Chelsea Curran. Follow their submission guidelines carefully if you wish to submit your work to this publisher located in Springville, Utah.
Are you passionate about writing romance stories? Then Entangled Publishing is an apt choice. Liz Pelletier began the operation of this firm in 2011. They have many imprints that deal with different variations of romance, for e.g. Brazen is the imprint for erotic romance, Scandalous for historical romance, Teen Crush for YA romance and so on. You can find out more information about which imprint you should submit your manuscript to from their website. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake is one of their award winning books.
19. WiDo Publishing
Salt Lake City, Utah is also home to WiDo Publishing, an establishment that was founded in 2007 and is owned by Karen Jones Gowen. Though they release lesser number of books per year (around fifteen), they have been in the market for over a decade. The company is open to considering your book whether it is a women’s contemporary fiction or middle grade fantasy or childhood memoir or any other genre. So prep your manuscript, check out the submission guidelines and contact them through the right editor. The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance by P.J. Reed is one of their titles.
20. Holiday House
Holiday House publishes children’s books. The myriad themes they encourage in books range from bedtime stories to gender issues, coming of age to civil war. There’s a whole slew of topics that you can explore on their website. Based in New York City, this publishing company was started in 1935 by Helen Gentry. They work with several artists as well to produce illustrated works for new readers. Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome and Galaxies, Galaxies! by Gail Gibbons are two of their books that have won awards. If you’d like to get your book published by them, submit it after reading the guidelines on their FAQ page.
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A 22 year old writer from India, Meera Nair has been blogging for over 5 years. She has a triple major Bachelor’s degree in Media, English and Psychology from Christ University Bangalore. She regularly reviews books for publishers like Bloomsbury, Pan Macmillan, Penguin etc. Reading and writing are two of her utmost passions and she is glad to have the opportunity to share that love with others.