If you’re an author who has written a nonfiction book and are searching for a book publisher, you’ve probably realized one thing.
There seems to be more fiction publishers than nonfiction ones out there.
Don’t fret though.
That’s why we’ve created this post.
Below you’ll find a list of 21 top nonfiction book publishing companies accepting submissions.
Some of these nonfiction publishers accept manuscripts through literary agents, and others are happy to receive them directly from authors.
Established in the year 1986 in London, United Kingdom by Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury has become a global publisher with an office in New York and several other cities. It publishes a wide range of nonfiction books annually in the genres of biography, humor, history, food, psychology and many others. A couple of nonfiction titles from its vast catalogue include Free Woman by Lara Feigel, Where’s My Jetpack? by Daniel H. Wilson and Videocracy by Kevin Allocca. Authors looking to publish with Bloomsbury should submit their works via an established literary agent. For more information, direct your queries to the respective email address mentioned on their contact page.
A non-profit press that is concerned with the arts and sciences, Bellevue Literary Press has been catering to the masses since 2007. It was founded by Jerome Lowenstein as a project of the New York University School of Medicine. Some of the books they’ve previously published are A Loaded Gun by Jerome Charyn, Talking Back, Talking Black by John McWhorter and Mind Wars by Jonathan D. Moreno. If your work is a narrative nonfiction, then you can submit it after reading the instructions on their website.
Looking to publish a book that belongs to the genres of health & self-improvement, history & military, food or biography? Then Pan Macmillan is one of the best options for you. It was started in 1843 by Daniel MacMillan and Alexander H. Macmillan in Basingstoke, UK. Kafka’s Last Trial by Benjamin Balint, Odd Girl Out by Laura James and One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane are some of the titles they’ve published. You can contact their US office via an agent to discuss your manuscript.
Chronicle Books publishes art & design books, cookbooks and books about lifestyle to name a few categories. This publishing company began doing the rounds in the year 1967 in San Francisco, California, founded by Phelps Dewey. Two books from their nonfiction range are The Cocktail Garden by Ed Loveday, illustrated by Adriana Picker and In Search of Bawa by David Robson. If you’re a nonfiction author, looking to get your book published by them, then read the instructions on their submission guidelines page and then, proceed to contact them.
Tom Corson- Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, which was started in 2011. Some of the types of nonfiction that TCK Publishing engages with are computers and technology, nutrition, relationships and dating, fitness, gardening etc. They also offer many services like editing, ghostwriting and so on. The Life Saving Liver Cleanse by Julia Cruse and The Falcon Method by David Solyomi are a couple of titles they’ve published. They have a bunch of submission guidelines that you have to follow before you reach out to them with your manuscript. If you don’t have an agent, fear not, you can directly contact them.
Founded in New York City, New York in the year 2006, Hachette Book Group has become one of the top publishers in the world. It is owned by the parent company, Hachette Livre which is a French publisher established by Louis Hachette in 1826. Nonfiction is but one genre that Hachette Book Group publishes thousands of books in every year. Cooking, mind, body, spirit, travel and other nonfiction books are welcomed by them. If you take a look at their new releases, some names you’re bound to come across are Inventing Ourselves by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt and Kings of the Yukon by Adam Weymouth. The main thing to remember is that they only accept submissions via a literary agent. So don’t contact them before you’ve signed with an agent.
Is your book related to American history, military history, biography, European and world history, sports or science? Then Westholme Publishing is a company to consider. Started in 2003 by Bruce H. Franklin, you’ll find their office in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Some of their upcoming titles are In the Shadow of Salem by Richard Hite, Washington’s War 1779 by Benjamin Lee Huggins and Patriots from the Barrio by Dave Gutierrez. Find their contact details on their submission page so that you can discuss your manuscript for publishing.
Walter Zacharius and Roberta Bender Grossman set up Kensington Publishing Corp. in 1974. It is located in New York City. Within nonfiction, they release books about philosophy, parenting, biography, Christianity, inspiration, craft etc. Two titles they’ve produced are Influencer by Brittany Hennessy and The Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln by Kees de Mooy. Head over to their submission guidelines and contact the respective editor depending on your book genre.
Maine, USA houses this independent publishing company that was founded over forty years ago. It is now run by Jonathan Eaton and Tristram Coburn. They publish nonfiction picture books for children as well as reference/how-to books for adults. Books about Maine are of special interest to them, whereas they are not looking to publish any memoirs. Check out their guidelines for submission, before you contact them.
Page Street Publishing is yet another publishing company that dabbles in works of science, cooking, nature, sports, interior design, parenting etc. Founded in the year 2012 and located in Salem, Massachusetts, they also publish children’s books and young adult fiction. Simple & Natural Soapmaking by Jan Berry and Extreme Wilderness Survival by Craig Caudill are two of their nonfiction publications. Authors who wish to submit their manuscript for consideration can do so by email. Read their guidelines before you contact them.
In 1995, Dan Simon established Seven Stories Press in New York City. As per their website, this American publishing firm gives voice to radical imagination. You can find books on drama, economics, activism, environmentalism, health, gender and feminism, history and many topics in their catalogues. They’ve published Terrorism and War by Howard Zinn and Francis, The People’s Pope by Ted Rall. In order to submit your manuscript, you will have to mail it to their address. All the information is available on this submissions page.
12. Persea Books
It has been over forty years since Michael Braziller and Karen Braziller started Persea Books in 1975 in New York City. They are an independent publishing company to whom you can direct your nonfiction manuscripts. Ensure that the subject matter is within their area of interest, namely women’s studies, memoirs, biography, American Indian folklore, Jewish and Middle Eastern titles and others. Carefully read their submission guidelines to ensure that you have complete information about the process. The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan and Exiled Memoirs: A Cuban Childhood by Pablo Medina are two of their works.
Linda Matthews and Kurt Matthews are the founders of Chicago Review Press. It started functioning in 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. They have many imprints that publish different kinds of material. Some of the topics covered by them under nonfiction are music, pop culture, food and drinks, travel, women’s issues, autobiography etc. Some interesting titles they’ve published are Afrofuturism by Ytasha L. Womack, The Art of the Catapult by William Gurstelle and Little Blue Girl by Randy Schmidt. Here are the submission guidelines you need to take into consideration.
14. Quirk Books
It was Philadelphia that saw the rise of Quirk Books in 2002. This publisher puts forth a wide range of unique nonfiction and fiction books. In their words, “unconventional manuscripts” are what they’re eager to receive. Established by David Borgenicht, Quirk Books is open to publishing cookbooks, craft books and many other kinds of nonfiction. A couple of their titles are Stuff Every Wine Snob Should Know by Melissa Monosoff, Soil Mates by Sara Always and The Evil Empire by Steven A. Grasse. To know which editor would be better suited for your manuscript, read their submission guidelines.
Turner Publishing was established in 1984 in Paducah, Kentucky. Although, its headquarters is currently located in Nashville, Tennessee. They have an array of imprints that deal with different subjects pertaining to nonfiction. Hunter House publishes content about health, wellness & sexuality, Fieldstone Alliance handles business books and Ancestry deals with books about genealogy. It is not compulsory to have an agent if you wish to sign with Turner Publishing, but you must read the submission guidelines. The Chocolate Therapist by Julie Nygard and Remembering Paris 1958-1960 by Sandra Hochman are two of their publications.
David White founded WhiteFire Publishing in the year 2005 in Cumberland, Maryland. The types of nonfiction books they are looking for at the moment include memoirs, inspirational, Christian living and other narrative nonfiction. Keep an eye out for these books by them – Mountains, Madness & Miracles by Lauralee Bliss and Stone by Stone by Jasona Brown. For more information on how you can contact them regarding your manuscript, take a look at their submission instructions.
17. Simon & Schuster
As an author looking to get published, you can only submit your manuscript to Simon & Schuster through a literary agent. The company is the brainchild of Richard Simon and Max Schuster, who set it up in 1924 in New York City. Mind, body, spirit, politics, cooking, history, Christianity and autobiography are a few of the categories under which they publish books. Amidst their upcoming books there is The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman, Easy Keto Desserts by Carolyn Ketchum and Then We Grew Up by Andrew Marc Berman. Here’s the page containing their message about manuscript submissions.
Since 1968, Workman Publishing has been gradually building its audience. Founded by Peter Workman, the nonfiction genres they work with are gardening, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, country living etc. It is based out of New York City. Names from their backlist are The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini, Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg and Glorious Shade by Jenny Rose Carey. They have detailed information about each and every imprint and contact details for submission, so read it and ascertain which imprint would be more apt for you.
Although known for its romance fiction, Harlequin also publishes select nonfiction like self-help, seasonal crafts & hobbies, diets, time management and others. It was founded in 1949 by Jack Palmer and Doug Weld. While the headquarters is in Toronto, Canada, its US office can be found in New York. The Skinny Rules by Molly Morgan, Retrain Your Anxious Brian by John Tsilimparis and Daylle Deanna Schwartz are a couple of their publications. Park Row Books is the imprint you want to contact for submitting your manuscript. You do not necessarily need an agent to get your book published by Harlequin.
Penguin is yet another big name in the publishing industry and so, they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts from authors. The only way to get your book considered is by working with an agent who’d be able to contact the Penguin editors by way of the information provided on their FAQ page. Penguin Books was established by Sir Allen Lane in London, United Kingdom in the year 1935. The US office is located in New York. Other than the usual nonfiction categories, they also publish books about philosophy, pets, games, entertainment etc. Two of their nonfiction titles include Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph Nesse and Cultured by Katherine Harmon Courage.
21. Inner Traditions
Located in Rochester, Vermount, Inner Traditions – Bear Company is a publisher that has years of experience producing nonfiction books on topics like astrology, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, cooking, mind & body, art & dance etc. It started functioning in 1975 at the hands of Ehud Sperling. Some of their bestselling titles are Walking Up in 5D by Maureen J. St. Germain, The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar and The Complete Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin. Inner Traditions has multiple imprints that focus on separate subject matters. So you should go through their submission guidelines before deciding if your manuscript is suited to their tastes.
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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.