Are you looking for a list of literary agents for parenting books? Here are 19 book agents you should know about.
If you need publishers of parenting books, the following list has been put together especially for you.
Founded by husband and wife, Christopher and Michele Robins, in the year 2012, Familius is an independent publishing company that strives to publish books marketed towards the family and explores the topic of parenting. They’ve published parenting titles like “The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anger in Children and Teens" by Laurie Hollman, “Debunking the Bump: What the Data Really Says About Pregnancy’s 165 Biggest Risks and Myths" by Daphne Adler, and “Mother Matters: A Practical Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom" by Dayna Kurtz.
Familius is currently open for book proposals. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines to make sure you meet all of their requirements. All proposals must be submitted through this online form. It’s also highly recommended that you browse Familius’ catalogue of published titles to determine if your book will be a good fit.
For over 35 years, Parenting Press has been operating out of Seattle, Washington, and has published a grand selection of books on parenting. Some of their published books include “Am I Doing Too Much for My Child?" by Elizabeth Crary, “The Biting Solution: The Expert’s No-Biting Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Childhood Educators" by Lisa Poelle, and “The Sleep Book for Tired Parents" by Rebecca Huntley.
Parenting Press is unfortunately not accepting new manuscript proposals at this time, but you’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date when this status may change. In the meantime, you can review the publishing company’s submission guidelines to prepare your book proposal.
Peachtree Publishers Ltd. Is based out of Atlanta, Georgia, that was founded in 1977 by Helen Elliott with the purpose of producing high-quality and engaging books meant for children, younger readers, and families to share. They’ve published parenting books like “FussBusters At Home: Around-the-Clock Strategies and Games for Smoothing The Rough Spots in Your Preschooler’s Day" by Carol Baicker-McKee, “Helping the Child Who Doesn’t Fit In" by Dr. Stephen Nowicki, Jr. and Dr. Marshall P. Duke, and “The Single Mother’s Book: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Children, Career, Home, Finances, and Everything Else" by Joan Anderson.
Peachtree is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts for nonfiction books about parenting. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines before proceeding. Submissions can be sent either via email or through regular post. If interested in your project, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you promptly to discuss how to proceed.
Based out of London, UK, Pinter & Martin Publishers produces a wide range of books on parenting, pregnancy, children’s books, books about body image, health and nutrition, and more. Some of their featured titles include “Why Induction Matters" by Rachel Reed, “The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy Birth and the Early Weeks" by Milli Hill, and “Baby Management for Men" by Henk Hanssen.
Pinter & Martin are currently accepting book proposals via email. They ask that you review their submission guidelines to make sure you and your project meet their requirements. Additionally, if you’re an author with literary representation, it’s strongly encouraged that you have your literary agent submit a book proposal on your behalf. They will only contact those authors whose projects have piqued their interest.
The Experiment Publishing is an independent publishing company based out of New York, New York, that was founded in 2008. They primarily specialize in publishing nonfiction, and have a growing category for books on parenting. Some of their published parenting titles include “Active Baby, Healthy Brain" by Margaret Sassé, “Baby-Led Weaning" by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett, and “Your Children Are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear from You" by Jim Taylor.
They are currently accepting book proposals from both authors and agents via email. They ask that you include a cover letter with your book proposal detailing your project’s title and subtitle, provide a one-paragraph overview, a short author biography, an annotated table of contents, a representative sample chapter, and an approximate completion date (if not already finished). For more information, you can review their submission guidelines.
Founded in the year 2000 in New York, Square One Publishers is an independent publishing company that strives to publish books to provide people with the ability to learn new things and expand their horizons. They have an ever-growing parenting category of books, and have published titles like “A.D.D: The Natural Approach" by Nina Anderson and Dr. Howard Peiper, “For the Love of a Child" by Harvey Weisenberg, and “Finding Robert" by Robert J. Stevens and Catherine E. Stevens.
They are currently accepting book proposals for nonfiction parenting books via regular mail. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines. They ask that you include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) so that your material can be returned to you along with their response.
Praeclarus Press is an independent publishing company that was founded by Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett with the express purpose of tackling the issues revolving around women’s health and parenting. Based out of Amarillo, Texas, Praeclarus Press has published titles like “The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care" by Salle Webber, “Growing Green Families: A Guide for Natural Families and Healthy Homes" by Donna Walls, and “The Dance of Teaching Childbirth Education: Essentials & Insights" by Dr. Julie Jensen.
They are currently accepting book proposals via email. For more information, they have a helpful submissions guide in PDF format for querying authors. You can also find more information about how to submit here. For general inquiries, you can reach the team at Praeclarus Press through their website’s online contact form.
Founded in 1982 in New York City, New Horizon Press is a small independent publishing company that was founded by Dr. Joan S. Dunphy. They specialize in publishing nonfiction books about current issues, self-help and recovery (including books on parenting), and true crime stories. Some of their parenting books include “Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood" by Eric Rosswood, “Empowering Underachievers" by Dr. Peter A. Spevak and Maryann Karinch, and “Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four" by Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Gloria Russo Wassell, and Victor Groza.
While they are not actively seeking submissions at this time, you can still send a query letter via email. If you’re an author with literary representation, it’s highly recommended that you get your literary agent to submit a book proposal on your behalf.
9. HCI Books
Founded in 1977, HCI Books is an independent publishing company that specializes in producing self-help books, books about diet and health, inspiration nonfiction, spirituality, and books about parenting. Some of their parenting book titles include “Growing Happy Kids" by Maureen Healy, “The Case for the Only Child" by Dr. Susan Newman, and “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents" by Dr. Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons.
HCI Books is currently accepting book proposals, but note that due to the high volume of submissions that they’ve received, they will only contact authors whose projects have interested them. You can find their submission guidelines here. Book proposals can be sent via email or through regular post. If you send your submission through the mail, you should include a SASE to have your material returned to you.
Great Potential press is an award-winning independent publishing company that was founded in 1982 in Dayton, Ohio. Now located in Tucson, Arizona, Great Potential Press continues to publish nonfiction books about creativity, self-help, parenting, leadership, and more. Some of their parenting books include titles like “Helping Gifted Children Soar" by Dr. Carol Strip Whitney and Gretchen Hirsh, “Raisin’ Brains: Surviving My Smart Family" by Karen L. J. Isaacson, and “Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It" by Dr. Sylvia B. Rimm.
Great Potential Press is currently accepting book proposals for books geared toward the needs of gifted children and adults. You can submit your book proposal through their online submissions form. Be sure to include your contact information and details about your intended audience. If interested in you’re a project, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you to discuss your project further.
11. Camino Books
Camino Books is an independent publishing company that was founded in 1987. Based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Camino Books strives to produce titles that explore nonfiction topics like animals, business, gardening, and even parenting. Some of their published parenting books include titles like “Dying to Have A Baby: A True Story" by Robert Zausner, “Philadelphia With Children" by Elizabeth S. Gerphart, and “Test Your Child: Birth to 6" by Jeanmarie Pehl Scarr and Dr. Judy K. Werder Sargent.
Camino Books is currently open to accepting book proposals at this time, to be submitted via regular mail. For more information, you can refer to their submission guidelines. You’re strongly encouraged to browse through their catalogue of existing titles to make sure that your book will be a good fit with this publishing company. For more information or general inquiries, you can contact the team at Camino Books through their website’s online contact form.
12. Hohm Press
Hohm Press is an independent publishing company based out of Chino Valley, Arizona. They publish a wide range of nonfiction books about various subjects, including religious studies, natural health, women’s issues, the arts and poetry, and books on parenting. Some of their published parenting titles include “In the Best Interests of the Child: A Manual for Divorcing Parents" by Nadir Baksh and Dr. Laurie Murphy, “To Touch is to Live: The Need for Genuine Affection in an Impersonal World" by Dr. Mariana Caplan, and “Parenting Through Illness: Help for Families When a Parent Is Seriously Ill" by Leigh Collins and Courtney Nathan.
Hohm Press is currently not accepting unsolicited material at this time, but are accepting queries via regular mail. For more information or general inquiries, you can contact the team at Hohm Press via email.
Quill Driver Books is an independent publishing company based out of Fresno, California, that has published a multitude of award-winning nonfiction books about a wide variety of topics. From art and architecture to education, Quill Driver Books seeks to publish high-quality and informative titles. Some of their parenting books include “Help Your Kids Get It Done Right AT Home and At School" by Dr. Donna M. Genett, “Teen 2.0" by Dr. Robert Epstein, and “Long-Distance Grandparenting" by Wilma Willis Gore.
Quill Driver Books is currently open to accepting book proposals and query letters via email or through regular post. For more information on their requirements, you should review their submission guidelines. For general inquiries, you can also reach the team at Quill Driver Books through their website’s online contact form.
Sterling Publishing is an independent publishing company based out of New York City. They primarily publish nonfiction books about health and fitness, psychology and personal development, relationships, sexuality, science, and parenting. Some of their titles include “Baby Body Language" by Emma Howard, “Teach Your Child Yoga" by Lisa Roberts, and “When Your Child Is Gay" by Wesley C. Davidson, Jonathan L. Tobkes, and Cason Crane.
They are actively seeking submissions and book proposals to expand their parenting category. All authors are encouraged to submit a proposal through the mail, but electronic submissions will not be considered. You can review their comprehensive submission guidelines here.
Founded by Marc Allen and Shakti Gawain in 1977 in Oakland, California, New World Library is an independent publishing company that has published several international bestsellers. Specializing primarily in the production of nonfiction books, New World Library has an ever-expanding category for parenting books. Some of their titles include “Joy Fixes for Weary Parents’ by Dr. Erin Leyba, “Let Them Play: The Power & Joy of Mindful Sports Parenting" by Jerry Lynch, and “Fathering Right from the Start: Straight Talk About Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond" by Dr. Jack Heinowitz.
New World Library is currently accepting book proposals via email. Before sending in your proposal, you’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines. It’s also a good idea to browse through their existing catalogue of books to make sure that your project will be a good fit with the publishing company.
Page Street Publishing Co. is an independent publishing company based out of Salem, Massachusetts, that’s globally distributed through Macmillan. Page Street Publishing Co. has worked with celebrity authors like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jamie Oliver, and Tori Spelling to help publish beautiful cookbooks and lifestyle titles. The publishing company is always on the lookout for new and talented authors with fresh content about subjects like parenting and education.
They are currently accepting book proposals and queries for all types of nonfiction subjects via email. For general inquiries, you can also reach a member of their team through their website’s online contact form.
Founded in 1987, Sourcebooks is an independent publishing company based out of Naperville, Illinois. In 1998, they sold they published their first New York Times bestselling book, and in 2016 was ranked among the top 20 publishers located in the USA. Sourcebooks publishes a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, the latter of which includes a continuously expanding parenting category. They’ve published the bestselling series 1-2-3 Magic Parenting by Dr. Thomas W. Phelan.
They are currently open to agented and unagented projects. All submissions should be submitted via email. Be sure to review their submission guidelines before proceeding. Be sure to include a brief synopsis of your book, an author bio and any additional credentials, a table of contents, and two to three sample chapters for consideration.
Search Institute Press is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They primarily specialize in research and academic publications about the caring of children, children’s health, and responsible parenting. Some of the titles that they’ve published include “Groups, Troops, Clubs & Classrooms: The Essential Handbook for Working with Youth" by Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor, “Engage Every Parent!: Encouraging Families to Sign On, Show Up, and Make a Difference" by Nancy Tellet-Royce and Susan Wootten, and “What Adults Need to Know About Kids and Substance Use" by Katharine Sadler.
While they are not actively seeking new submissions at this time, you can still send a query letter via email. If you’re an author with literary representation, you can have your literary agent submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf. For general inquiries, you can reach the team at Search Institute Press through their website’s online contact form.
19. MSI Press
Founded in 2003, MSI Press is a small independent publishing press based out of Hollister, California. They specialize in publishing nonfiction books like self-help, inspirational nonfiction, memoirs, pet memoirs, humor books, and general interest nonfiction (which includes parenting books). Some of their parenting books include “365 Teacher Secrets: Fun Ways to Help Your Child in Elementary School" by Cindy McKinley and Patti Trombly, and “How to Be A Good Mommy When You’re Sick: A Guide to Motherhood with Chronic Illness" by Dr. Emily Graves.
They are currently accepting book proposals and queries, and are more than happy to work with first-time authors. All submissions should be sent via email. You can review their submission guidelines here.
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K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.