Have you just completed a self-help manuscript and are now looking for publishers of books in this genre?
Below are 19 top publishers of self-help books currently accepting submissions.
Operated out of Lafayette, Louisiana, Acadian House Publishing is an independent publishing house that specializes in producing non-fiction titles. Founded in 1979, Acadian house has published a wide selection of biographies, books dealing with psychology, theology, business, sports, and self-help books.
The publishing house is currently seeking self-help manuscripts, but highly recommends sending a query letter via mail first. They will only contact authors that they’re interested in working with. In your query letter, be sure to include your name and contact information, as well as a brief summary of what your self-help book is about.
Addicus Books was founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska by Rod Colvin. This publishing house aims to produce high-quality nonfiction books, with emphasis on health books. Addicus Books is a smaller publishing house, and utilizes its relationship with Independent Publishers Group in Chicago to help sell their books to stores and libraries.
They are currently accepting submissions, and are particularly interested in books about consumer health, self-help, psychology, business, economics, and investing. They recommend that you send them a query letter via email first so that they can gauge whether your manuscript would be a good fit. They ask that you include a one-page overview of your book, two or three sample chapters, a chapter-by-chapter outline, a brief author bio, a word count, and information on the market that you’re hoping to sell to.
Big Sky Publishing is an Australian publishing house that focus primarily on producing adult non-fiction and children’s books. They consider history, military history, self-help, autobiographies, and how-to guides some of their areas of expertise. If you’re looking to get in contact with Big Sky Publishing, they are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts for self-help titles.
They ask that you email your submission, along with a one-page synopsis of your manuscript, the first four chapters, and an overview that should include who your intended audience is, any reviews of your book, key selling points, an overview of its contents, and a brief author bio and any relevant writing experience or contacts in the writing industry.
Founded by author Mike Smitley, Father’s Press has worked with authors like Mary Kinney Branson, Daniel Lance Write, Dr. Jerome Goddard, and even Lee B. Baker. They focus primarily on publishing Christian books, non-fiction novels, and self-help books.
While Father’s Press doesn’t work directly with agented writers, they are more than happy to take on authors that are not yet represented. They are not looking for fantasy, poetry, science fiction, non-Christian spirituality, psychology, or manuals. They ask that you submit your manuscript via email, and they highly recommend that you include a query letter in the body of your email to give them a better idea of what your self-help book is all about.
Founded in 1971, Findhorn Press has worked with authors like Diana Cooper, Carl Greer, Margaret Ann Lembo, Stewart Pearce, and Eileen Caddy. Based out of northeast Scotland, Findhorn Press is interested in publishing books that are positive, loving, and help make a difference for individuals and communities.
They are currently accepting submissions via email. Due to the high volume of manuscripts that they receive, only authors that they are interested in working with will be contacted. If you’re sending in a self-help book, they ask that you include a short synopsis of your book (no more than two pages long), explain who your intended audience is, a brief author biography, a table of contents, an introduction to your book and a few sample chapters for review.
6. HCI Books
Established in 1977, CHI has dedicated a large portion of its publishing efforts to self-help books. They love working with authors who have written books that can help and inspire others. “Heling the Shame that Binds You” by John Bradshaw was published by HCI Books and became a New York Times bestseller that was eventually featured on Oprah. HCI was also the publisher that saw to the publication of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
HCI is currently accepting submissions for self-help books, but note that due to the high volume of manuscripts they receive, will only respond to those authors that they feel would fit best with their publication line-up. They accept submissions electronically via email, but more information on their guidelines can be found here. If you choose to submit your manuscript via email, they ask that you include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you want your copy returned.
Kharis Publishing is a traditional independent publisher that is currently accepting unsolicited queries for self-help books. There is no fee to be published through this publishing house, and authors even have access to professional editing and cover design assistance. All you have to do is submit a query through their online web submission form. Their editing team will respond shortly if they are interested in your self-help book.
Library Tales was founded in 2011 and has produced books focused on self-help, memoirs, and niche fiction books. They have worked with authors like David Friedman, Arje Shaw, Jim Hamilton, and other talented authors. They have helped authors produce books both in print and in ebook form to keep up with books in the digital age. They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts and ask that you go through their online submission form where you can get into contact with editors directly.
New Harbinger Publications is an independent traditional publishing house that love to work with authors who have written evidence-based self-help books. They are well-known for their self-help books concerning mental health, relationships, and even spirituality and philosophy.
Based out of Oakland, California, they are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts. However, due to the volume of submissions they receive, you can expect to hear a response between two to three months. Submissions can be sent either via email or mail. For more details on what they wish to have included in your submission can be found here.
New Holland Publisher’s main office is located in Chatswood, Australia, but has locations in London, England and Sydney, Australia. They’re primary goal is to publish non-fiction books, including those of the self-help variety. The publishing company is currently accepting all types of unsolicited manuscripts by mail only.
They request that you send a cover letter, a synopsis of your proposed book, and either the first three chapters of your manuscript, or your manuscript in its entirety. For more information on their submission guidelines, click here.
11. Rainbow Books
Founded by Betty and Bill Wright in 1978 when they retired, Rainbow Books. They have published hundreds of self-help and how-to nonfiction books, and have even worked with authors like Jan D. Curran and John R. Frazier. They are even keen on branching out and looking for “cozy” murder mystery stories.
They are currently accepting unsolicited submissions sent by either mail or email. They ask that you include a one-page synopsis of your book, no more than three chapters to sample, a chapter-by-chapter outline of your book, a brief description about yourself and any relevant credentials, a SASE and your email address so that they can more easily correspond with you if they’re interested.
Red Wheel is a publishing house based out of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Originally founded in 1987, Red Wheel works alongside several smaller publishing companies. One of specific interest to self-help authors is Weiser Books, who works closely with Red Wheel to publish books of the self-help genre.
Red Wheel is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts from authors via email only. They ask that you include a cover letter with your contact information and a brief description of your proposed manuscript. They ask that you include an overview of the book, along with a complete table of contents, and a little bit of information on your intended audience. For more information on their submission guidelines, click here.
Self-Counsel Press is a publishing company that focusses solely on self-help books, primarily to do with topics about law, personal finance, and business. Their primary office is located in Bellingham, Washington, and was founded in 1971 with the publication of their first book.
They are currently interested in self-help books that would appeal to small businesses, legal counsel for Indigenous audiences, personal and small business tax matters, personal finance, eldercare and more. They accept manuscripts via email and mail, but ask that you check their submission requirements before you submit to them (in PDF form), found here.
Six Degrees Publishing Group is an independent publisher that focuses on non-fiction books that touch on topics about philosophy, spirituality, health, the environment, and business-oriented issues. They are currently accepting manuscript submissions for self-help books, and highly recommend that you read their submissions page before sending in your book for review and consideration.
Square One’s mission statement is “to provide an accessible starting place for those people who want to know more.” They were founded in 2000 by Rudy Shur, the former Avery Publishing Group president. They have produced several best-selling self-help books, and are always looking for new authors to represent in the literary market.
They accept submissions via mail only, but may sometimes consider fax if you send them a query letter first asking if this is okay. They require a cover letter that explains the main concept of your book, the reason behind why you wrote it, as well as a little information on your intended audience. They also require a detailed table of contents, an overview of the book, a brief author biography, and a SASE so that they can respond to your submission.
Based out of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Sunbury Press Books was founded in 2004 and publishes nearly seventy new titles per year. Their self-help category just so happens to be one of the company’s most successful category of books. They publish in both print and ebook forms to better market your book to more readers. They are currently accepting manuscripts only through their electronic submission form, found here. They do not accept mailed hard copies.
17. Tomes Tremaine
Tomes Tremaine was founded in Northeast Florida by Emily Cabbil and Jamie Thompson. This small publishing company has worked with several authors like Jaco Rees, author of “Weed Money: Making a profit from the fast-changing marijuana industry,” and Christine Rebec, author of “Between the Two.”
They are currently accepting submissions for fiction, non-fiction, and children’s picture books. This includes works of self-help and how-to guides. Submissions must be sent via email only, as they do not accept hard copies and will not return manuscripts should you send one in the mail. Along with your manuscript, they ask that you include a query letter that gives more information about your book and your experience as an author. For more information about their submission requirements, check out their website page.
This is a small publishing company based out of Georgia that works closely with its authors and editors to produce high-quality and engaging books for their readership. Urban Edge Publishing not only produces print copies, but has also began to publish books in ebook form.
They are currently looking for self-help submissions. They ask that you include a query letter and the first two to three chapters of your proposed book. Submissions should be sent via email or regular mail, and you can expect a response from anywhere between six to eight weeks. Should they be interested in your work, they will ask for your full manuscript for further considerations.
19. WellBridge Books
WellBridge Books was launched in 2017 as an imprint of Six Degrees Publishing Group (mentioned above). This particular publishing division focuses primarily on self-help books written by qualified authors (doctors, lawyers, experts in their field). They are currently accepting manuscripts that are minimum 60k words in length. They ask that you send a query letter via email first with more information about your expertise and an overall summary of the subject matter you hope to tackle. For more information, feel free to check out their submissions page.
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Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.