You think you want a Big Five publisher, but are you sure?
Many established writers prefer to go with small and indie publishers, because they’re looking for a long-lasting partnership and more individual attention.
Many of the small publishers below focus on literary fiction, but there are some for nonfiction and poetry as well.
Many publishers want stories with romance in them, but what about publishers who specifically want romance novels?
All of the 40 publishers below are looking for romance, and some of them accept only romance novels/novellas (of varying heat levels).
Some of them even vary by romance sub-genres—and no, not just erotica—so you can personalize your submission options even more.
Good luck finding a place for your romance novel or novella!
Below you’ll find a list of 30 YA publishers that will provide you all the information you need to get your novel or nonfiction book published.
The best part? For the vast majority of these publishers, you don’t even need an agent. You can send your manuscript directly to them.
Sending out manuscripts can be scary, especially because so many publishers exist. Hopefully this list will help narrow your search and give you a better chance at finding a good fit for your YA book.
The 30 children’s book publishers below all have one important thing in common: they are accepting submissions directly from authors.
Since many children’s publishers only accept from agents, this list should save you hundreds of hours combing through the submission guidelines of every children’s publisher on earth. And here’s a bonus! You won’t even have to wait to get an agent.
I hope you enjoy this list and wish you good luck finding the right home for your manuscript.
These are 10 publishers (plus a bonus publisher!) who are actively seeking Christian manuscripts of all stripes and genres.
Most of these publishers are traditional publishers, but I do have a few on this page that are hybrid publishers (half self-publishing and half traditional publishing) and also some that are self-publishers.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both routes to publication, so I’d advise you to do your homework on each publisher listed here, and also to decide beforehand what type of publisher you’re looking for.
Zondervan is the gold standard of Christian publishing. They’re the best known and have been around for a long time (80 years!). If you’re looking for the highest quality, I would start here. They are a branch of Harper Collins, which gives you the power of one of the biggest publishing houses behind you.
If you want me to namedrop a little bit, they’ve published Rick Warren, Rob Bell, and Hal Lindsey.
This is a list of publishers seeking short story collections, and it’s the most comprehensive list on the internet. I’ve read short story collections from most of the publishers on this list and altogether they are publishing some of the best short fiction on the planet.
Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding the publishing of short story collections (and it’s true — agents almost always only want that novel), there are still a number of solid markets and contests for that short story collection of yours.
It can seem like there is no place to publish your novella, but actually the opposite is true: the form is experiencing a revival. From Melville House’s “The Art of the Novella” series of classic novellas, to Big Fiction Magazine and Nouvella, there are more places than ever to publish your novelette or novella.
In fact, below I list 33 markets just waiting for your manuscript.
What is a novelette, you ask? Definition: a work usually under 15K words. Novellas, on the other hand, are anywhere from 15K – 50K, and short stories are generally less than 6K words. If you want a handy visual that shows the lengths of different fiction, check out my infographic on fiction length.