Have you written a book on a topic related to art?
Are you now looking for a suitable publishing house who might be interested in publishing your book?
Continue reading to learn about 17 top publishers of art books.
1. J&L Books
Founded by photographer Jason Fulford and artist Leanne Shapton in 2000, J&L Books is a non-profit publisher with offices in New York and Atlanta. They are highly selective and only publish less than 5 books each year. They primarily publish photography books, but they also publish drawing, non-fiction, and fiction books, as well as video art in DVD format. Some of the artists J&L has previously published include Corin Hewitt, Gregory Halpern, Gus Powell, Harrell Fletcher, and Amy O’Neill.
J&L is always eager to work with new artists and writers. If you are interested in getting your work published by J&L Books, you may send them your submission via email. It is recommended that you check out their current catalog to see the kind of work they typically publish.
Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is an American publisher specializing in 20th and 21st century art, design, and photography. DAP was founded in 1990 during a time when art books usually had a hard time breaking into the mainstream American market and has since grown into the international publisher and distributor it is today.
DAP welcomes submissions in the following areas: photography, art, literature, design, and architecture. Because DAP has a seasonal distribution program, fall and winter submissions must be sent by February, while spring and summer submissions must be sent by August. Submissions may be sent by post or email. You can learn more about DAP’s submission guidelines here.
Prestel Publishing is an international book publisher that specializes in art, design, architecture, photography, fashion, history, craft, and ethnography. Originally founded in Germany in 1924, Prestel became part of Random House in 2008 and now has offices in New York and London. Their readership consists of artists, designers, art lovers, and everyone with an eye for beauty and a passion for visual culture.
Prestel is currently open for submissions. All submissions must include a brief description of the project, a selection of sample images, a sample chapter, and an author biography. Visit Prestel’s website to learn more about their submission guidelines. US authors can send their submissions to the US editorial team via email, while authors in the UK can send their submissions here.
4. Siglio Press
Siglio Press is an independent publishing house that was founded by Lisa Pearson in 2008. Driven by their feminist ethos and their dedication to breaking boundaries, Siglio Press believes in the power of images and words to change the way readers see the world. Many of the books published by Siglio Press have garnered accolades and recognition from The New Yorker, New York Times, London Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, New York Review of Books, and more.
Siglio’s submission period is from June 15 to August 31, and they welcome submissions of book-length image-text hybrids, artist-writer collaborations, and other literary-visual works. Check out Siglio’s submission guidelines to learn more about the kind of work they are looking for and where to send your query. For general inquiries, you can reach Siglio Press here.
5. Abrams Books
Established in 1949, Abrams was the very first US publishing company to specialize in art and illustrated books. Today, they continue to publish award-winning and critically acclaimed books in the areas of photography, art, comics, interior design, craft, fashion, cooking, popular culture, and more. Some of their bestselling books include The Diary of Frida Kahlo, Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury, The Art of Walt Disney, The Wes Anderson Collection, and Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool.
At the moment, Abrams Books only accepts unsolicited submissions of book proposals for their ComicArts and Craft imprints. To learn more about their guidelines and latest calls for submissions, you can check their submissions page here.
Tate Publishing is a London-based art book publisher associated with London’s Tate Museum. In addition to art and exhibition-related books, Tate Publishing also publishes activity books and other books for children. Their most recent titles are The Bigger Picture: Women Who Changed the Art World, Picasso: An Intimate Portrait, A Queer Little History of Art, and Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany.
Tate Publishing currently accepts submissions in the form of book proposals. They are looking for concise proposals that explain the nature of the book, the intended audience of the book, and why it should be published. Proposals may be submitted via email or post. If you are interested in getting published by Tate Publishing, check out their submission guidelines here.
With more than 1,500 titles currently in print, Phaidon is one of the world’s leading art book publishers. They work with some of the greatest artists, writers, and thinkers to create groundbreaking books about art, design, fashion, photography, architecture, food, and travel. They also publish illustrated children’s books. Phaidon was founded in 1923 by Ludwig Goldscheider and Dr. Bela Horovitz, and its headquarters are located in London and New York City.
If you would like to submit your work for Phaidon’s consideration, you can do so by sending them a brief proposal including your CV and a short description of your work. If they are interested in your proposal, they will reach out to you for further information. Learn more about Phaidon’s submission guidelines here. If you have additional questions about their submission process, you can contact Phaidon’s editorial team via email.
Lund Humphries has been publishing illustrated art books since 1939. Their catalog spans various genres, but they mainly publish books for art enthusiasts, professionals, and specialists. They also publish books on the art business and architecture, and they regularly collaborate with galleries and foundations to create illustrated monographs and books about popular contemporary artists.
Lund Humphries is currently interested in receiving submissions from artists, writers, and galleries for books in the following areas: visual arts, architecture and design, and art business. Need help preparing your proposal? Check out their submission guidelines to learn about the key questions your proposal should answer, as well as information on where to send your proposal.
Founded in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing is a leading international publisher that specializes in books on the creative arts. Over the years, they have published some of the world’s greatest illustrators, designers, photographers, and artists. Laurence King Publishing believes that risk is an important part of publishing. More than sales potential, they are after books that captivate and excite readers.
They are always on the hunt for new artists and writers to work with. They are specifically looking for books in the areas of fashion and beauty, art and design, photography, film, music and popular culture, and practical art such as painting and drawing. If you have a book proposal, you can submit it to Laurence King Publishing via email. Before you do, make sure you review their submission guidelines.
10. Morel Books
Morel Books is a London-based, non-profit publisher that specializes in photography and art books. Morel Books’ founder Aron Morel was inspired by the rise in the popularity of zines and photography books in the 2000s and soon founded Morel Books in 2008. Since then, Morel Books has worked with a number of artists and photographers, including Hideka Tonomura, Antony Cairns, Hannah Whitaker, David Armstrong, Daniel Gordon, and more.
If you would like to get published by Morel Books, they are currently accepting submissions via email. Check out their current book list to get a better idea of the kind of work they are most interested in.
11. Anteism Books
Founded in 2004, Anteism is a Canadian book publisher that publishes art books, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs. They work with emerging artists, as well as local collectives, established artists, and international galleries. Their most recent releases include Mike Tyka’s Portraits of Imaginary People, Devendra Banhart’s Vanishing Wave, and Solange’s A Seat at the Table.
Arsenal Pulp Press is a Vancouver-based book publisher that primarily publishes books in the following areas: visual arts, alternative crafts, gender studies, LGBTQ literature, and cookbooks. They also publish graphic novels, adult coloring books, and other fiction and non-fiction books. Publishing between 14 and 20 new titles each year, Arsenal Pulp’s books are distributed in Canada, Great Britain, the US, Australia, and Europe.
Interested authors and artists will be pleased to know that Arsenal Pulp Press is currently accepting submissions. All submissions must be sent by mail and must adhere to their submission guidelines. You can also contact Arsenal Pulp by phone for any general inquiries.
13. Heritage House
Heritage House is a Canadian publisher located in British Columbia, specializing in books that celebrate the rich history and culture of Western Canada. They publish books in the areas of art and photography, politics and law, history, indigenous studies, and travel and tourism. They also publish biographies, memoirs, and YA fiction.
Heritage House currently welcomes submissions that align with the vision of their publishing program. To make sure Heritage House is the right place for your book, you can visit their website to see their past publications. Once you’re ready to submit your work, you can check out their submission guidelines here.
Also located in British Columbia, TouchWood Editions is an independent book publisher that was founded in 1984 under the name Horsdal and Schubart. Renamed TouchWood in 2000, they continue to publish high-quality books that are culturally and historically significant to British Columbia. Some of the art books they have recently published are E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island by Robert Amos, Beyond Beauty by Bill Terry, Public Art in Vancouver by John Steil, and Painter, Paddler by Andrew Scott.
TouchWood loves new ideas, and they happily welcome submissions in the following categories: art and photography, food and wine, regional history, house and home, gardening and pets, literary anthologies, and narrative non-fiction. You can learn more about their submission guidelines here.
15. Wakefield Press
Wakefield Press is an independent book publisher based in Adelaide, South Australia. Publishing approximately 40 titles a year, Wakefield’s catalog spans different genres and subjects, including art, design, architecture, history, poetry, education, fiction, food, children’s literature, and the environment. Many of the books they have published over the years have gone on to win awards and have achieved bestseller status.
Submissions are currently open for all areas of interest except children’s books and poetry. Should you wish to submit your work, you can take a look at Wakefield’s submission guidelines here.
Established in Melbourne in 1970, Thames & Hudson Australia’s mission is to create a museum without walls and to make art and research more accessible to the larger public—particularly the work of Australian and New Zealand artists and authors. In addition to their contributions to the world of publishing, Thames & Hudson Australia is also the largest distributor of illustrated books in Australia.
Thames & Hudson currently welcomes submissions in the areas of visual arts, lifestyle, and children’s literature. Interested writers and artists may submit a proposal accompanied by sample materials via email. If you’ve already submitted your proposal, you should expect a response from Thames & Hudson’s editorial team within 6 to 8 weeks.
Launched in 2012, Perimeter Editions is the publishing arm of Perimeter Books, a specialized bookstore located in Melbourne, Australia. Perimeter Editions focuses on publishing art books that feature both Australian and international photographers and artists. Some of their recent titles include Tom Polo’s Paris Drawings, Felix Wilson’s Nocturnal Ecologies, Clare Rae’s Never Standing on Two Feet, and Steve Carr’s Variations for Troubled Hands.
Perimeter Editions is currently closed for submissions, but you can subscribe to Perimeter’s newsletter to get notified about upcoming calls for submissions. If you would like to get in touch with the Perimeter team, you can find their contact information here.
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