If you’ve written a book are a looking for publishing companies looking for submissions, the following list of book publishers has been put together especially for you.
1. Persea Books
Founded by Michael Braziller and Karen Braziller in 1975, Persea Books is an independent publishing house based in New York City. Some of their most renowned authors are Christine de Pizan, Laura Riding, and Anzia Yezierska. Besides publishing books on numerous subjects, they also have a program of literary anthologies.
Their preferred genres are fiction, memoir, biography, poetry, essay, and more. They are highly interested in contemporary issues, as well as in promoting a culturally rich literature – this is why they chose to publish Native American literature and works in translation.
If you would like to collaborate with them, remember that they do not publish genre fiction (romance, thriller, fantasy, science fiction), children’s books, textbooks, and self-help books. The Submission Guidelines are available here.
Seven Stories Press was founded in 1995 by Dan Simon. Their books cover a wide range of genres and topics, with many of them having been initially written in French, Greek, Arabic, Russian, Polish, and in many other languages. The company is interested in both literary and political approaches, and is renowned for subjects like human rights and justice.
Thus, they specialize in politics, poetry, and fiction, but their website also includes the topics of health, drama, film, gender and feminism, economics, cooking, science, sports, and many others – you can find them all here.
Once you become familiar with their interests, you can send your manuscript at the address displayed online.
A Chicago-based company founded in 1985, Joshua Tree provides assistance and support through every step of the publishing process. They also offer training seminars for authors, where they can learn how to write, edit, and market their books. Furthermore, Joshua Tree books are available internationally, which allows their writers to reach a wider audience.
They publish biographies, memoirs, self-help and improvement books, four-color books, and fiction. If you are interested in a collaboration, you can submit a manuscript regardless of your experience as an author.
In the beginning, you will have to send a query letter via email. It should contain information about why they should publish your work, about your target audience, and your plan of reaching it, along with your contact details.
Black Lyon is an Oregon-based publishing company that was established in 2007. They are recognized by the Romance Writers of America and operated by a former corporate marketing executive with an experience of more than 20 years.
In terms of genres, they prefer fiction, respectively contemporary, paranormal, historical, and inspirational romance, romantic adventure, literary fiction, romance novellas, and non-fiction, which includes self-help books and true crime.
Submissions are open for all the mentioned genres. It is worth mentioning that, when it comes to non-fiction, they also consider manuscripts on the topics of spirituality, personal transformation, how-to, history, and politics. If you would like to work with them, their Submission Guidelines and contact information are available here.
In 1995, this company was born as a solution to the rate at which the price of academic books was growing in the US. They now have six imprints, respectively Cascade Books, which includes all the relevant areas of religion and theology, Pickwick Publications, which publishes documents important for the scholarly community, Wipf & Stock, with a focus on subjects from biblical studies to philosophy, Resource Publications, which promotes poems, biographies, and others, Slant, a publisher of literary fiction, and Front Porch Republic Books, which takes an interest in localism, community, and conservation.
Established in 1947, Regnery Publishing has always taken an interest in books that generate debates, challenge the status quo, and that raise awareness regarding the issues existent in the American community. It is considered to be a force within the conservative movement, and it has placed over 50 books on the New York Times bestseller list.
They mainly publish conservative books, as well as books that depict American history and values – these are of both fiction and non-fiction, and they also feature a kids’ category on the website.
If you believe that you should work with them, keep in mind that they only accept submissions from literary agents. Their contact information is available here.
7. Island Press
Island Press was founded in 1984 in Washington, DC and is now regarded as a charity organization. Their main goal is that of raising awareness when it comes to protecting the environment by finding solutions to current problems.
The press has three main publishing program areas, respectively health, food and water, ecosystems, conservation, and biodiversity, as well as the built environment. Most of their books treat the limitation of climate change, the protection of our world, and other such subjects.
If you write non-fiction environment literature and you feel like the works displayed here are similar to yours, you can send them a query letter according to the Submission Guidelines provided on the website.
Founded in 2008, Black Bed Sheet Books is a publishing company that covers all the costs for their authors’ books. They publish around 10 to 20 print titles every year, as well as 20 to 30 eBook-only titles.
Their preferred genres are horror, non-fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Each of them is divided into numerous subcategories – for instance, the horror section consists of anthologies/collections, demons, folklore & fairy tales, medical terror, paranormal/ghost fiction, dark romance/gothic, psychological horror, thriller/suspense, and others.
They are currently open for submissions when it comes to full-length novels, novellas, and short story collections, and they are particularly interested in the horror genre. However, if your work fits any other genre displayed on their website, you can still submit your manuscript according to the Guidelines available here.
9. ARP Books
A Canada-based publishing company, ARP Books was founded in 1996. Their goal is to publish cultural titles of fiction and non-fiction, with a focus on the progressive political analysis of current issues.
Their range of preferred topics varies from Indigenous issues (“This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades”) to poetry – Emma Healey and Angela Hibbs are just two of the poets who have their works displayed on the website.
The authors of ARP Books are community activists, renowned academics, first-time novelists, and established writers from Canada who wish to bring change to the world. If you want to be among them, you can find the Submission Guidelines here.
10. Breakwater Books
Breakwater Books was founded in 1973 based on the desire to preserve the culture of Newfoundland, Labrador, and of the Maritime provinces. Releasing 12 to 16 titles yearly, it has become a renowned trade publisher in Canada.
Their range of interests varies widely, including art, children’s picture books, young adult fiction, literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, drama, cooking, poetry, and educational curricula.
All of their authors are from Canada, and they are both emerging and established writers. If you would like to publish with them, their Submission Guidelines are available here. They do not publish science fiction and fantasy – however, they mention many other genres, such as crime and suspense thrillers.
11. Black Moss Press
One of the most important literary presses in Canada, Black Moss was founded in 1969, and has published more than 400 first editions ever since. With a focus on Southwestern Ontario, they promote the literature and fine arts in the region, bringing them to a wider Canadian audience.
Their preferred genres are represented by fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and anthologies. Some of their most recent publications are “In the Face of It”, by Douglas MacLellan and “The First Taste – New and Selected Poems”, by Bruce Meyer.
They are currently accepting submissions for poetry, non-fiction memoirs, and creative non-fiction. If you are a Canadian author and you want to work with Black Moss Press, you can send them your work according to the Submission Guidelines provided online.
An independent Canadian publisher, Orca was founded in 1984 and has so far produced more than 1000 titles in print, with 80 new titles being published every year. They only promote Canadian authors.
Although they are essentially interested in children’s books, they also publish books on the subjects of bullying, LGBTQ+, Earth and the environment, young adult fiction and fantasy, adult non-fiction, and other genres.
If you want to submit a manuscript, it is essential that you become familiar with their already published works first. After doing so, feel free to read their Submission Guidelines.
A Scotland-based publishing company, Whittles Publishing is a renowned producer of academic and professional titles, as well as of high-quality non-fiction books. As they are permanently expanding, some of their titles are also available in eBook format now.
In terms of academic subjects, they prefer architecture and landscape, geomatics, geotechnics, civil and structural engineering, biological sciences, and many others. When it comes to non-fiction books, their interests also include biographies, birds, outdoors, travel/adventure, lighthouses, history, and diving.
If you would like to work with them, you can find their Submission Guidelines here – they are open to publishing both technical and non-technical books. Before sending them your work, though, you should first become familiar with their current publications.
14. Luath Press
Founded in 1981 by Tom and Rene Atkinson, the headquarters of Luath Press were later on moved from Barr to Edinburgh. Their main goal is that of publishing books that are worth reading.
The range of genres published by this press is rather wide, as it includes drama, fiction, folklore, gaelic, biography, humor, lifestyle, poetry, politics and current issues, nature, art and photography, as well as a few others.
If you’re looking for a professional publisher in the UK, Luath Press may be the right choice for you – before deciding to work with them, however, make sure you read their Submission Guidelines.
15. Fledgling Press
Fledgling Press was founded by psychologist Zander Wedderburn in the year 2000. Their main goal is that of promoting new talents, as well as that of making their writings available easily, in both print and digital format.
Their range of genres consists of cooking, children’s books, fiction, humor, crime, life stories, poetry, and teen reads. Although they take pride in their Scottish authors, you can find authors from other countries in their catalogues as well.
If you want to collaborate with them, you have to send 3 sample chapters and a synopsis of your book via email exclusively. They usually read submissions within 6 weeks – however, keep in mind that they do not accept poetry, science fiction, short story compilations, and a few other genres which you can find here.
16. Text Publishing
A Melbourne-based independent publisher, Text Publishing is specialized in literary and commercial fiction, as well as in non-fiction. It has been awarded both the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year and the title of the Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018.
In terms of genres, they prefer biography & memoir, crime & thriller, erotica, essays, health, historical fiction, humor, miscellania, philosophy, personal development, science & environment, and many others which you can find here.
If you are interested in a collaboration, remember to carefully read their Submission Guidelines before sending them your work.
17. Affirm Press
Another Melbourne-based independent publisher, Affirm Press is interested in publishing both local and international authors, thus sharing Australian stories and big ideas with their audience.
With a broad list of non-fiction works and a select one of fiction, respectively of literary and genre fiction, the press is open to submissions for their kids list as well. This is available for junior, middle-reader and young adult books.
If you want them to read your work, you can send it online right after reading their Submission Guidelines.
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