Have you written a book about dogs for dog owners? Or are you a dog behaviorist who has written a book about dog psychology and behavior?
If your plan is to publish your book, below you’ll find 17 top publishers of books about dogs.
1. Quirk Books
Founded in 2002, Quirk Books is an independent publisher based in Philadelphia. Each year, they publish an average of 25 books across various areas, including fiction, home and garden, pop culture, humor, pets, love and relationships, parenting, sports and outdoors, and more. Some of their most popular titles include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Geekerella, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. They are also the publisher behind the bestselling Find Momo series.
Quirk Books is currently looking for submissions that are original, smart, and fun. If you have a manuscript or book idea that fits the bill, you can submit a proposal to the appropriate editor. You can find their submission guidelines and their editors’ contact details here.
McFarland & Company is an independent publisher that specializes in reference books and general interest non-fiction. Founded in 1979, McFarland now has more than 6000 titles in print, and hundreds more are added to their list each year. They publish books on history, art and architecture, body and mind, literature, sports, science and technology, and many other subjects. They also publish books on dogs. In fact, they have a scholarly book series called Dogs in Our World, for which they are currently accepting submissions of full-length book proposals.
Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, Workman Publishing is an independent publisher that specializes in non-fiction books for children and adults. They publish books on a range of subjects, including animals and pets, health and wellness, gardening, reference and how to, the arts, farm and agriculture, food and drink, home and design, history, and more. Some of their dog-related titles include Making Dogs Happy, Farm Dogs: A Comprehensive Breed Guide, Unlikely Friendships: Dogs, and 97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile.
Prospective authors are free to submit a proposal to Workman Publishing. Should you be interested in submitting a proposal, you can get started by checking out their submission guidelines.
Founded in 1977, New World Library is a California-based publishing company that publishes books for adults and children—particularly books on spirituality, personal growth, animals, relationships, women’s studies, current affairs, literature, psychology, health, and more. They have also published plenty of books on dogs, such as Dogs and the Women Who Love Them, Training Your Dog the Humane Way, My Old Dog, Your Dog is Your Mirror, Angel Dogs, Unleashing Your Dog, and many others.
New World Library currently welcomes submissions in all the areas they publish. If you would like to submit a proposal, you can check out their submission guidelines here. For general inquiries, you can reach them through their online contact form.
Sourcebooks is an independent book publisher that was founded in the upstairs bedroom of Dominique Raccah’s Illinois home in 1987. Since then, they have grown considerably and are now considered the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in all of North America. They primarily publish poetry, fiction, and non-fiction on different topics, such as parenting, business, education, pets, health and wellness, humor, cooking, relationships, and more.
Sourcebooks is currently open for submissions, and they accept submissions with or without an agent. If you are interested in submitting, you can visit the submissions page on their website to learn more about their guidelines. If you have any additional questions, you can get in touch with Sourcebooks here.
Founded in 2001, Dogwise Publishing is a book publisher and retailer located in Wenatchee, WA. As their name implies, they specialize in books about dogs—particularly dog health and nutrition, dog training, dog behavior, dog sports, dog grooming, and more. They also produce resources for professional dog trainers. As a publisher, their main goal is to provide dog lovers with humane and scientifically sound information about raising and working with dogs.
At the moment, Dogwise Publishing is seeking submissions on the following topics: dog training activities, breeding, nutrition, behavior, and health care. They do not publish fiction or children’s books. Check out their submission guidelines here for more information. You can also contact Dogwise Publishing through their online contact form.
Based in San Francisco, Chronicle Books is an independent publisher that was founded in 1967. Their books span a number of subjects, such as pets, travel, photography, culture, fashion, interior design, pop culture, gardening, cooking, and children’s books. They have also published tons of dog-related titles, including I Could Chew on This, Dogs on Instagram, Unleashed, Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories, Meet Your Dog: The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior, and Dog Bless America.
Chronicle Books currently accepts submissions. While submissions may be sent via mail or email, they strongly prefer digital submissions. Check out Chronicle’s submission guidelines here for more information. You can also browse their current catalog to see what kind of books they usually publish.
Established in 1949, Sterling Publishing is an American publishing company that has published many books on dogs, such as Dog Body Language, Dogs Gone Bad, Living in Harmony With Your Dog, and more. They also publish books on many other subjects, including health and fitness, photography, crafts and hobbies, house and home, music, cooking, science and nature, travel, sports, and children’s books.
Sterling Publishing currently accepts submissions. Submissions must include a sample chapter, a brief description of your idea, and an outline. All submissions must be sent to their New York office by mail. For more information on what to include in your proposal and where to send it, check out Sterling’s guidelines here.
Quarto Publishing is a leading publisher that specializes in illustrated books. They have several publishing categories, such as Quarto Homes (DIY, Pets, Architecture, and Gardening), Quarto Explores (Travel, Biography, Science, and Pop Culture), Quarto Cooks (Food and Drink), Quarto Creates (Art and Design), Quarto Lives (Parenting, Relationships, and Spirituality), Quarto Drives (Racing and Cars), and several others.
Quarto Publishing welcomes submissions in the form of book proposals. All submissions must include an overview of the proposed concept, visual materials, market information, and the author’s background and qualifications. You also need to sign their Submission Agreement Form. Interested authors can check out Quarto Publishing’s submission guidelines to get all the details.
Schiffer Publishing is an independent publisher that has been publishing high-quality non-fiction books since 1974. When they were first founded, they mainly published books on antiques, military history, arts and crafts, and collectibles. But since then, they have expanded their list to include many other subjects, such as animals, home and gardening, fashion, sports, interior design, architecture, photography, and more.
Schiffer Publishing is now accepting submissions via email or post. If you are interested in submitting, you can get familiar with their submission guidelines here. You can also get in touch with Schiffer Publishing through their online contact form if you have any additional questions.
Turner Publishing is an award-winning publisher headquartered in Nashville, TN. They have been in the publishing business since 1984 and have produced more than 5000 titles across various genres and subjects. Their subjects of interest include animals, health and wellness, philosophy, literature, house and home, family and relationships, education, computers, crafts and hobbies, and many others. Their books are sold in more than 50 countries around the world.
Turner Publishing welcomes submissions from authors and agents. If you have an idea for a book you think Turner Publishing would be interested in, you can send them your proposal via email. Visit the submissions page on their website to learn more.
12. Dogs & Books
Dogs & Books is a specialty publisher and online retailer based in Reno, Nevada. They specialize in dog-themed books and gift items for adults and children. Their love of dogs is at the heart of everything they do. In fact, they donate 10% of their profits to animal rescue causes, and they regularly partner with animal charities and rescue organizations. Some of their most recent titles include Hear Them Speak: A Twelve-Week Course in Telepathic Animal Communication, Santa’s Dog, and Carol’s Quest for Courage.
Dogs & Books does not accept unsolicited submissions at the moment, but do keep an eye out for future submission calls. If you would like to get in touch with the Dogs & Books team, you can do so through the inquiry form on their website.
New Holland Publishers is an international book publisher with offices in London, Auckland, and Sydney. They specialize in non-fiction books on a variety of subjects, including pets, health, cooking, gardening, military, sports, natural history, self-help, autobiographies and memoirs, and children’s books. They also publish coffee table books that feature dynamic illustrations in full color.
New Holland Publishers is always open for submissions. All submissions must be sent by mail and must include a cover letter, book synopsis, and the first three chapters of the manuscript. Check out their submission guidelines for more details.
Headquartered in London, Flame Tree Publishing is an independent publisher of books, stationery, calendars, and gift items. They primarily publish books on art and design, hobbies and crafting, pop culture, food and drink, music, and travel. They also have a great selection of books about dogs, with titles such as The Wit and Wisdom of Sheep Dogs, Choosing & Looking After Your Dog, and The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dogs & Puppies.
If you are interested in getting your work published by Flame Tree Publishing, you can check out their submission guidelines here. For general inquiries and other concerns, Flame Tree Publishing can be reached through their online contact form.
15. ECW Press
Founded in 1974, ECW Press is a Canadian independent book publisher. They have worked with both new and established authors, and have published books nearly a thousand books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. They have also published several books about dogs, including Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures, Dog Trick or Cat Treat: Pets Dress Up for Halloween, Bully: It’s the Pits, and more.
ECW currently welcomes submissions. Do note that they only accept fiction and poetry submissions by Canadians, but there are no restrictions on non-fiction submissions. Learn more about their submission process and guidelines here. For additional questions and concerns, you can reach the ECW team here.
Hachette Australia is the Australian arm of the international publishing company Hachette Livre. Their mission is to discover, nurture, and share the work of Australia’s most talented authors. Hachette Australia publishes fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, including books about dogs. Some of their most popular books about dogs include Back on Track, A Letter to My Dog, and The Life and Love of Dogs.
Hachette Australia is currently closed for submissions, but you can check the submissions page on their website for updates. They also discover and work with new authors through partnerships with the Queensland Writing Centre, Express Media, and the Emerging Writers’ Festival. You can contact Hachette Australia here.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Scribe Publications is an award-winning independent publishing company that was founded by Henry Rosenbloom in 1976. They primarily publish fiction and non-fiction and fiction, as well as translated works, and they release an average of 50 new titles each year. Some of their most popular categories include healing and health, true crime, popular fiction, literary studies, history, picture books, and more. They have also published many books about dogs, such as What the Dog Knows, How the Dog Became the Dog, and How Dogs Love Us.
Scribe doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions at the moment. However, they do encourage prospective authors to check back for further updates. Visit the submissions page on their website for more information. You can also contact Scribe here should you have any additional questions.
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Hiten Vyas is the Founder and Managing Editor of Writing Tips Oasis.