Have you written a humor book and want to get in published? Finding a list of appropriate publishing houses you could send your manuscript to can be a laborious task.
We’ve made things easier for you by featuring 19 top publishers of humor books below.
If you’re looking to work with a publishing house that lauds creativity and quirkiness; Cider Mill Press is your kind of publisher. Established in 2005 by John Mahlen, this Portland based company values creative, well-written and intelligent books. Their team of dedicated professionals; don’t merely follow the procedural guidelines, but they also offer full attention and proper coaching at every step of the publishing process. That being said, Cider Mill is extremely strict with quality and perhaps this is why they publish only two books every year. Owing to their focus on quality, they’ve managed to publish quite a few New York Times Best Sellers in the last couple of years. And in case you don’t know already, ‘A Miscellany of Murder’ is a top book from their collection. This publisher is currently open for submissions. So if you think your humor book can make the cut, contact them here.
Andrews McMeel Publishing is ideal for authors who ace in satire and humor. With a history spanning back to almost four decades, the platform was founded by Jim Andrews and John McMeel with the sole aim of distributing quirky, unconventional and creative tales in both fiction and non-fiction. Since the 1970s, this publishing house has distributed leading titles from award-winning authors. Whether it’s comic fiction like Calvin and Hobbes or the more quintessentially popular fiction like ‘How to Be Successful without Hurting Men’s Feelings’; Andrews McMeel have covered them all. In case you’re a newbie humor author who’s looking to gain a solid footing in the publishing industry- send in a copy of your manuscript here.
Nestled in the White Plains, the commercial hub of New York, Peter Pauper Press was established with the collaborative efforts of Peter Beilenson and his wife, Edna Beilenson. They decided to create this platform to represent cookbooks and the much-underrated humor books. And guess what? Ninety years down the line, their efforts proved to be a massive success. Over the last couple of decades, Peter Pauper Press increased their reach by collaborating with leading magazines and coming up with gift and stationery delivery services. They’ve represented many leading authors and have been highly lauded for their excellent services. Peter Pauper Press is currently welcoming submissions. So if you think you work’s worth the shot, send in your manuscripts here.
4. Quirk Books
Headquartered in the charming town of Philadelphia, Quirk Books is probably the best platform for anyone who’s looking to publish unconventional works. And guess what? This applies for your humor books as well. Whether it’s slapstick, witty, a roast, parody or anything else; if it’s intelligent enough, Quirk Books will surely consider it. Since the platform has already published witty best-selling titles like ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ and ‘Shakespeare’s Star Wars’- you can always count on them for quality. Quirk Books is also distributed by Penguin Press and they’re currently open for submissions. So if you have an idea that’ll help you stand out from the crowd- send them a query letter here.
When Workman Publishing first came in business, they primarily focused on calendars and trade books. Located in New York City, it was established by Peter Workman who was later joined by art director Paul H. Hanson. While Workman loved trade books, Hanson wanted to try something quirky, and that is why he came up with the ‘Page-A-day-Calendar’. This calendar turned out to be staggeringly successful and it soon followed by the company working with diverse genres like humor, children’s books and memoirs. Since then, they’ve come up with numerous imprints, and most of their titles have been long-standing best-sellers. ‘Eek Halloween’ and ‘What to Expect While You’re Expecting’ are two incredibly well-written pieces with humorous undertones. The company is currently up for submissions. So if you’ve written something equally rib-tickling- here’s a link to their submission guidelines.
Founded in 2009 by Karla Oceanak, Kendra Spanjer and Launie Parry Bailiwick Press is one of the biggest connoisseurs of humorous fiction and non-fiction. Whether you’ve penned something down yourself, or have co-written a piece with an equally talented author- Bailiwick Press has a room for all. While the company welcomes humorous pieces, they are particularly fond of works that are meant for kids and young adults. So if you have a similar tale in mind; send in your query here. Despite being a micro press, BailiWick has decent distribution, so you can always count on them for good marketing.
Driven by the mission to nurture and represent talented newbies- Walrus Publishing Group is an independent publishing house based in Missouri. An imprint of the Amphorae Publishing House, this group is fond of well-written creative fiction with a witty undertone. So if you’re really confident about your humorous fiction, fill up this submission form and send in your manuscript right away. This publisher publishes very few titles every year. So, your work will only make the cut if it fulfills the mark of quality.
Santa Monica Press embarked on their publishing journey almost two decades back. Since then, this California based publishing house have come up with hundreds of critically acclaimed titles in photography, humor, memoirs and travel. Their distribution spreads far and wide across North America, and you can always count on them for consistent, high-value marketing. ‘The Bad Driver’s Handbook’ and ‘The Butt Hero’ are two among the hundreds of top-selling humorous fiction from the brand. So in case you’re looking to join their line of authors, check out their submission guidelines here.
Located in Vancouver, Canada, Douglas and McIntyre, was co-founded by talented publisher Jim Douglas and his dear friend Scott McIntyre in 1970. Within just a decade of business, they managed to collaborate with Groundwood Books, a leading publisher of children’s books, and the rest as we all know is history. Within the next couple of years, they managed to work with best-selling authors, and as of now, they have more than 200 titles credited to their name. ‘The Horrors’, ‘The Lonely End of The Rink’ and ‘The White Guy’ are but a few among the many best-sellers they’ve come with. The platform is currently welcoming submissions for humor titles. So if you have just the right kind of story up your sleeve, check out their submission guidelines here.
10. Kensington Press
Kensington Press is probably one of the oldest publishing houses on our list, and going by their sales, they also seem pretty popular. Established in 1974, this NYC based publishing company covers a wide range of genres, where humor visibly stands at the forefront. Kensington Press comes with diverse imprints and your humor titles will easily fit in here. In case you’ve written a purely humorous fiction, drop in your submissions at their Lyrical branch. If, however, it’s pure work of non-fiction, try sending in a copy of your work at their original website. Although they don’t specifically focus on humor, your work will surely be considered if it’s intelligent and creative enough. Kensington Press usually takes around 3 months to get back to their authors. So once you send in your submission, give them the time to get back to you.
Curiosity Quills Press is the dream project of journalist Eugene Teplitsky, who wanted to prove the world that the book business ‘isn’t stuck’. Thus began his lifelong journey of preserving quality fiction and non-fiction which eventually gave us both award-winning authors as well as best-selling books. Her independent publishing house, established in 2011 is currently one of the most popular publishing platforms in Washington. Curiosity Quills Press welcomes quirky, humorous children’s fiction with a dash of wittiness. So if you think you can make it up to their expectations, send in a copy of your manuscript here.
12. Polis Books
Having established their first office in 2013, Polis Books is still pretty new in the publishing industry. That being said, this publishing house isn’t any less when it comes to publishing creative, witty and rib-tickling humor titles. Founded by Jason Pinter, this Polis Books welcomes well-written non-fiction essays in both humor and satire. Mick Foley’s ‘Saint Mick’ is one among the hundreds of best-selling titles published by their team. Polis Books is currently accepting submissions for non-fiction humor pieces. So if you think your work can catch their fancy, click this link to send in your manuscript.
13. Epicenter Press
The history of Epicenter Press dates back to 1988, when it was created with the sole aim of preserving stories about Alaska. Over the time, this Anchorage based publishing house gained decent momentum and within the next three decades they’ve managed to publish more than 175 titles based on humor, history, memories and biographies. While the company has no specific guidelines for humor pieces, it’d be better and well-appreciated if the tale had something to do with Alaska. So if you’ve spun a similar story get in touch with them here.
14. IslandPort Press
Established in 1999, Islandport Press is small Maine based publishing house that focuses on anthologies, essays, cookbooks, and witty, humorous tales. The company published their very first book in 2000, and since then, they had absolutely no looking back in their publishing career. From their earliest days, IslandPort Press has been driven to distribute stories that are gritty, creative, intelligent and most importantly, told from the heart. ‘Living for the Rhubarb’ and ‘Father Fell Down the Well’ are some of top rated humor tales. So if you have something similar in mind, drop them a mail here.
15. MSI Press
MSI Press is an independent, California based publishing house that was first founded in the year 2003. Since their very inception, this publisher has been entirely dedicated to bring high-quality, gripping tales of humor; and going by their reader-base, they seem to be pretty successful. ‘Tucker and Me’ and ‘Mommy poisoned our House’ series are two incredibly amazing humorous anthologies from their brand. In case you’re confident of writing tales in a similar vein, contact them on this page.
16. Travelers’ Tales
Are you an avid traveler with a couple of funny stories up your sleeve? If your answer is yes, Travelers’ Tales might just be the right platform for you. Developed in 1993 by travel writers James O’ Reilly and Larry Habegger, this Arizona based publishing house focuses on distributing travel books that unfolds witty tales, life changing experiences and funny anthologies. Whether its travel advice or a quirky single-author narrative- this platform is welcome for all. Travelers’ tales has more than 100 titles up their sleeve and ‘La Dolce Vita University’ and ‘Baboons for Lunch’ are two best-selling titles from the company. So if you think you can come up with something similar or even better, here’s link to their submission guidelines.
17. Blue Bike Books
Based in Edmonton, Canada, Blue Bike Books was first established in 2005 to represent entertaining, quirky, rib-tickling books on trivia and science. To put it simply, although they do accept humor titles, it has to be something pertaining to science or general knowledge. So if you in ace in penning down tales of weird science- Blue Bike Books, might just be the right platform for you. This publisher is currently open for submissions, and you can send in a query letter here.
Sherman Asher Publishing is a micro-publisher that focuses on fiction, children’s tales, memoirs and humorous titles. In 2002, Western Edge Press purchased this press, and with their collaborative efforts, this platform publishes around 4-8 titles every year. Since they publish few titles, Sherman Asher gives particular importance to quality. ‘Diary of a Santa Fe Cat’ is one of the bestselling humor titles from the company. So if you’ve written something in a similar vein, send in your manuscripts here.
19. LeapFrog Press
LeapFrog Press is a New York based publishing house that started out as an independent platform in 1993. Since their very inception, the company has focused children’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction. But interestingly, almost all their tales have a humorous and witty undertone. Despite being a small press, LeapFrog gives opportunities to both newbies and established authors. But in either case, they only accept the work if it’s soulful and has the ability to touch the innermost recesses of the readers’ mind. LeapFrog is accepting submissions till December. So if you’re confident about your work, check out their submission guidelines here.
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