If you’ve written a novel belonging to the chick lit genre and now want to approach a book publishing house about the possibility of getting it published, we’ve written this post especially for you.
Below you’ll find 19 top chick lit publishers accepting submissions. One of these might just be the right publisher for you and your story.
A digital only publisher, Bookouture is perfecting the art of publishing in 2018. Understanding that the way audiences consume literature is changing, Bookouture is one of the few publishers who prints only digital. Oliver Rhodes launched Bookouture after 12 years of experience in the publishing industry. Using his traditional knowledge, he created an unconventional concept which led to an agency that employs modern marketing, editing and promotional services to sell your book. Print-On-Demand runs are available and offered to the author if they require it. Their titles have been hugely successful because of their unique approach to books and authors. Interested in genres such as romance, historical romance, chick lit, women’s fiction, comedy, young adult and fantasy, you can read the submission guidelines here. Use this online form to submit your manuscript.
This publisher has made its way into a few of our lists and that is because of their great rapport with writers and open approach to manuscripts. The digital imprint of HarperCollins UK, this small but impactful company has a digital first, print later approach to publishing. They started off as a romance publisher but decided to venture into other genres, giving new and amateur authors a much deserved chance. Started in 2013, Harper Impulse has made its way up the ranks quickly by launching fresh authors with a new voice. They are currently seeking stories or novels in women’s fiction, romance, chick lit, comedy and historical romance. Read the submission guidelines and contact details here.
Another digital only imprint finds its way on our list. The reason we have included so many is because digital imprints are more unconventional and welcoming of fresh voices and new authors and a practical way for your story to reach international readers without the hassle of print. But they do a Print-On-Demand run for novels above 50,000 words. Part of the Hachette Book Group USA, Forever Yours is the sister imprint of Forever, the romance imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. Send your completed manuscripts in romance, historical romance, paranormal romance and any other romance style to them after reading the submission guidelines and contact details here.
4. Quirk Books
This small and exclusive press based in Philadelphia is ideal for new and struggling writers looking for a break. Publishing only 25 books a year, Quirk Books wants stories that cut through the clutter, enrich boring genres with surprising twists and create imaginative universes. Their books have become bestsellers and award winners in different genres such as Young Adult, mystery, middle grade, pop culture and women’s fiction. They are always open to new ideas, stories or crossover genres. If your story is in the chick-lit genre with a dash of something different, send a query letter to one of their acquiring editors. Do read one of their books before sending a query letter. The instructions and contact details can be found listed on this page.
The traditional publishing house has a solid history of printing and publishing bestsellers and award winning romance novels. Keen to push the envelope and merge genres, Boroughs prints both digital and in traditional format. A romance fiction only publisher, Boroughs has no qualms about accepting other genres with an element of romance in them. An interesting aspect of Boroughs is if an author wants to know more or understand the process, they put them in touch with one of their previously published authors. They are acquiring women’s fiction, romance, Young Adult, LGBTQ, Contemporary Romance and Urban Fantasy. Any romance manuscript must have a HEA (Happily Ever After). Boroughs Publishing Group frowns upon the term ‘chick-lit’ and uses the women’s fiction genre to print stories under that category. Unpublished authors need to submit a complete manuscript while previously published authors can submit the first 3 chapters. You can read all the guidelines on this page or use their online application form to submit your manuscript.
A small and traditional publisher located in Georgia, UrbanEdge Publishing is a minority women owned business. They have a self-publishing division but that is if you are interested in going down that route. The publisher is selective about the books and genres they chose. Presently they want stories in crime, chick lit/romance, mystery, drama and self-help. Authors and writers are requested to send a query letter and 2-3 chapters of their manuscript. Once they receive and read the query letter they will ask you to send the complete manuscript. You can read the submission guidelines and contact details on this page.
Another regular on our lists of publishers mainly due to their vast list of titles and year round acceptance of unsolicited submissions, Entangled is a great choice for new and upcoming authors. Around since 2011, Entangled has managed to expand to 13 imprints since then and has had its book appear in national bestselling lists. The modern publishing house prints 20-35 titles monthly in a digital first format and 4 per month in both print and digital formats. All of their imprints are based around romance such as Scandalous for historical romance, Teen Crave for sci-fi/fantasy/YA romance or Teen Crush for contemporary YA romance. If you are planning to submit chick lit, then your choice of imprint should be Lovestruck which deals with romantic comedy and fresh characters. Unpublished authors need to send a completed manuscript to be considered. Read the submission guidelines mentioned on this page and use the form to submit your manuscript.
Minnesota based Melange Books is a traditional and independent publisher. Their titles include fantasy series that have sparked nationwide interest in readers and bestsellers that have a very vivid writing style. Melange’s USP is its acceptance of every genre right from the traditional ones like crime, mystery, thriller, chick lit to the weird such as intrigue, shapeshifters and furry/anthropomorphic. They don’t like to box their authors or genres into one particular category and allow them to explain their writing as they wish. You will have to specify the ‘Heat Level’ of the book which is the category of physical contact or sensual content in the novel. The definition can be found on this page. Chick lit authors and writers can submit their manuscript after reading the submission guidelines on this page.
Formed in 2010 in New York, Diversion Books is looking to bring forward new voices and rekindling older talents. Using their platform to provide marketing, editorial, promotional and distribution services to authors to create the complete package, Diversion wishes to print 50 titles in fiction and non-fiction annually. Their genres cover a wide range of topics such as history, crime, memoirs, women’s fiction, romance, mystery, thriller and fantasy fiction. Their digital imprint EverAfter handles the romance manuscripts. If you are keen to submit chick lit or romance, you can find the submission guidelines here. Or you can read more about the genres Diversion is accepting currently here.
The famous greeting card maker ventured into publishing with its trademark style and panache. Staying true to their brand essence of love, friendship and family, Hallmark has published feel good, light and happy books. They have submission windows during the year and currently are accepting submissions up to 3rd September 2018. Amateur and upcoming writers should consider Hallmark Publishing because the might of a strong company with a ready market is a boon. They are presently interested in light, urban and contemporary stories set in United States. If you have a strong female protagonist in a fun, modern settings then send that manuscript. Authors of color and female authors are eagerly welcome. Read the guidelines listed here and then use this form to submit a query.
Deborah Gilbert launched Soul Mate Publishing in 2011 after a career as an English high school teacher. She has in depth knowledge of the language and its nuances which enables her to collaborate creatively with writers and authors. Bringing together an all women team at Soul Mate, Deborah has experienced editors and writers at her side to encourage and support new and previously unpublished authors. They have printed a vast number of genres such as new adult, paranormal, coming of age, time travel, comedy, urban fantasy, mystery, young adult, women’s fiction, chick lit and suspense. You will have to read the submission guidelines mentioned here and then contact an acquiring editor.
12. Tule Publishing
Started by Jane Porter, Tule Publishing Group is one of the most successful and popular digital first publishers in US. A small and independent publishing house, Tule looks for a consistent yet creative writing style that can engage readers on a universal level. Stories with powerful female characters, impactful narration and an edgy tone are appreciated. They have 7 imprints, each dedicated to a particular style or genre. Most of their imprints aren’t accepting any new submissions in 2018 but American Hearts (contemporary romance, diverse stories and HEA), Holiday (Stories about exotic getaways, vacation romances and fun trips that result into meeting a cute stranger) and Montana Born (small town romance, western romance) are open to submissions for their 2019 calendar.
A stellar publisher of romance, women’s fiction and fiction since 9 years, The Wild Rose Press has garnered a steady audience with its titles. Faithful readers across the country look forward to their books which cover numerous genres and styles such as western romance, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, chick lit, thriller, young adult, time travel, LGBTQ and holiday. They often include chick lit under women’s fiction. Their stories are set in multiple genres at a time if need be such as western historical romance or cowboy romance, so don’t worry about coloring outside the lines. Read their requirements carefully for their various imprints and find the contact details listed on this page.
Bernadette Soehner started 5 Prince Publishing to use her business, management and writing experience to offer new authors a ready platform for their talents. Aware of the struggles faced by struggling writers, 5 Prince Publishing welcomes authors without an agent and previously published authors. The company was formed in 2011 after Bernadette’s personal experience with a publisher that went sour. Determined to not let others suffer her fate, she became a publisher that is keen to make a difference and support her writers and authors. A digital first and POD publisher in Colorado, 5 Prince is currently seeking stories in fantasy, erotica, romance and chick lit. You can find the extensive submission guidelines and contact details mentioned here.
A new age publisher with no office, City Lights Press comprises of young readers and writers who are just interested in putting the next bestseller out in the market. Located in Las Vegas, they are keen to print light, fresh, fun and new stories and authors. Genres such as romance, women’s fiction (which includes chick lit) and young adult catch their fancy. They also would love a well written historical romance. They explain that if you don’t get a reply from them within 30 days you can consider your manuscript rejected. Read more about the submission guidelines and use the form linked on this page to submit your manuscript.
This Scottish Press is majorly popular and successful in UK and Ireland. It’s eclectic list of titles and authors have enabled it to become an important publisher in the game. Launched in 1999, Black & White has had over 300 books in print. They moved into the e-book business eventually to capture the digital market and have found success with their talented authors and writers. They also run a children’s imprint called Itchy Coo which has won several awards for its titles and books. They only accept virtual submissions in the genres of women’s fiction (including chick lit, romance and saga), children’s fiction and young adult. You can read the instructions specified here and use this online form to submit your manuscript.
Another digital imprint that is reaching the bestseller lists in no time, Loveswept & Flirt are the digital romance and women’s fiction imprints of Random House. Digital first or digital only is becoming a very common model in today’s world and it is better for authors in terms of saving production and storage costs as well. Loveswept and Flirt are two different imprints so you can submit a manuscript to either of them and they will consider it depending on which team likes your story. Genres such as romance, women’s fiction, new adult, contemporary romance and erotica are what they are seeking at present. You can find all the details and submission form available on this page.
18. Belle Books
This Memphis based publisher is focused on finding and promoting local and regional talent. Started in 1999 to allow readers to glance into the world of Southern fiction and women and romance, it began expanding to other genres. While the core remains the same, Belle now prints books in mystery, thriller, paranormal, non-fiction, children’s books and suspense to name a few. Its 2 imprints – Bell Bridge and Imajinn are equally successful and popular. Formed by 7 experienced authors, Belle Books is the right kind of publisher for an emerging and first time author. Writers of chick lit can consider sending their manuscript for their submissions beginning in July 2018. You can check this page to see when the submission window opens.
An independent publishing house established in 2010, Spencer Hill has a mission to print and produce books that make you laugh, smile and believe in love. Located in New York, in only 7 years their titles have been diverse, interesting and bestsellers. Covering the major genres such as fiction, romance, women’s fiction, young adult and contemporary romance, they prefer a sleek writing style and strong narrative tone. Authors and writers of chick lit can send their completed manuscripts to them after reading the submission guidelines carefully. Use this form to submit your manuscript.
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Shikha Pandey is a creative, content and script writer based in Mumbai, India.