Are you an author based in the U.S. state of Indiana?
Are you trying to find book publishers in state?
This post will help you.
Continue reading to learn about 6 top book publishing companies in Indiana.
Founded in the spring of 2004, the Indianapolis based Blue River Press publishes mostly non-fiction books. The range of subjects includes travel, sports, health and fitness and cookery although sports and puzzle books make up the bulk of their list. They also have a few historical novels but are clearly not a major market for fiction. Their books are aimed mostly at adults with the exception of the All About series of biographies which comes with teachers’ hand books and covers a range of significant lives from Madam C.J. Walker to Stephen Hawking.
Although they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts they are happy to consider proposals of non-fiction books and are particularly interested in possible book series. More information on how best to approach them with your idea for a book can be found here.
Probably the oldest book publisher in Indiana, the Ave Maria Press was founded in 1865 by the Reverend Edward Sorin who was also the founder of The University of Notre Dame. Not surprisingly the focus of this long established publishing house is on spiritual and Christian texts as well as well as books for high school teaching and the Ministry. Within those subject areas the books cover all levels of study. The range includes serious theological texts as well as lighter titles that look at lifestyle and self-improvement. They also have a selection of adult coloring books featuring images of the Saints.
They are not in the markets for mainstream works such as fiction, poetry or general biography and memoirs. They will however consider books on spiritual topics and provide clear guidance on how best to put forward your idea on their submissions page.
Blue Swan Publishing is an imprint of Ten West publishing and they specialize in eBook publishing with no option for print books at present. Their list is a mixture of general fiction, romance and thrillers. These appear to be aimed mostly although not exclusively at women. The emphasis here is on sweet and inspirational stories – no erotica or horror – although some types of sci-fi and fantasy could fit comfortably within their criteria.
Blue Swan Publishing is on the lookout for new authors and is happy to consider unsolicited manuscripts in a wide range of genres. There is plenty of helpful information on their submissions page to give you a clear idea of what they are – and aren’t looking for.
The Purdue University Press was established by the Purdue University in 1960 to meet the need for a locally based academic and scholarly publishing house. Today it is still true to its original mission of publishing academic, technical, scientific and business books. There is also a separate division for studies in Romance literature. As well as books it also publishes academic journals mostly in the Liberal Arts and Education
The Purdue University Press is open to submissions of suitable materials and will look at completed manuscripts or a proposal accompanied by a few sample chapters. They are also happy to discuss work in progress that might be suitable for future publication. More detailed information for prospective authors can be found here. Submissions for Studies in Romance Literature have a separate page which can be found here.
St. Augustine’s Press was founded in 1996 by Bruce Fingerhut and publishes both print and eBooks. Their area of interest is philosophy, theology, and culture in the Judeo-Christian tradition. They also publish the St Austin Review, an international journal of Catholic literature and culture which appears twice a year.
According to their website they are open for submissions. However the dates on their new books and forthcoming publications suggest that they may not be as active as previously, so it might be worth an initial email to check before sending your submission. More information can be found here. The St Austin Review has its own separate submissions page.
Tanglewood Publishing is a children’s books publisher started by Peggy Tierney in 2003 and has been growing rapidly as a relative newcomer over the last 15 years. The selection of titles available covers the whole range from lively board and picture books to young adult fiction. Many of the books are aimed at schools and there are additional educational resources available for teachers to make use of the books in the classroom. These include teacher’s guides and activity books. Tanglewood is also home of Chester the Raccoon from the popular Kissing Hand picture book which has been adapted for TV by the Jim Henson Company.
They will accept unsolicited manuscripts directly from authors as well submissions by agents. And you will find a helpful list of does and don’ts on their submissions page.
Do you know or any other book publishing companies in Indiana? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
Eileen Farrelly gained her Masters in Adult and Continuing Education in 2008 and currently works in community education. She has written on a range of topics and has also had poetry published in journals and anthologies. In her spare she enjoys singing and trying to play fiddle in a folk band.