22 Romance Publishers That Accept Submissions Without an Agent

Written by Emily Harstone | May 28, 2015

As ebook readers have grown more popular, the publishing market has changed significantly. This has had a huge impact on the self-publishing industry. The media talks about this shift all the time. However, they often neglect to mention the huge impact it has had on the romance publishing industry. There are so many more romance and erotica novels published these days, that it seems like every few days a new romance publisher sprouts out of the woodwork.

In this list there are traditional print publishers, established romance stalwarts, up and coming e-book publishers, and everything in between.

All these publishers offer traditional book contracts, and a number of them offer advances. To learn more about the publisher, click on the link in their name to read our full review. The full review contains information about submission guidelines and links to their website.

Some of the publishers only publish romance, but many are also open to erotica. The list is in no particular order.

Most of the publishers contained on the list are currently open to submissions, but not all of them are. So make sure to check on their site itself before submitting.

Harlequin

Many famous romance writers, including Mercedes Lackey, Nora Roberts, and Christopher Rice got their start at Harlequin. Their submission process is very user friendly.

Blue Tulip Publishing

Blue Tulip Publishing is a digital publisher with a number of imprints focused on targeting different readerships. Most of the books they publish are romance novels but some of their imprints are open to genre fiction without romance.

Silkwords

SilkWords is an online romance and erotica publisher with a focus on a choose-your-own-adventure format. Authors receive an advance.

Bold Strokes

Bold Strokes Books publishes only LGBTQ books. Which means that its books feature characters that are Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, and Queer. They publish general and genre fiction, with an emphasis on romance. They have great print distribution.

Boroughs Publishing Group

Boroughs Publishing Group is an e-publisher that focuses on publishing romance novels, novellas, and short stories. They are three years old and seem to be off to a good start.

Calderwood Books

Calderwood Books is an eBook publisher, with print on demand versions available for some books. They have been around since 2007. They publish a wide variety of genres, including romance, but are not interested in erotica.

BelleBooks/BelleBridge

A successful independent print publisher of genre books, including romance novels.

Avon Impulse

Avon Romance is a romance imprint of HarperCollins. Avon Impulse is their digital first imprint and they publish primarily new authors. If a book is successful, Avon publishes a print edition of it. They have an excellent marketing team.

Beau Coup Publishing

Beau Coup Publishing is primarily an ebook publisher, but they also publish print editions (through CreateSpace). They publish a wide range of books. Although most books they publish are in the romance or erotica genre, they are also interested in work outside of those genres.

Anaiah Press

A new Christian publisher interested in publishing Christian romance novels.

Evernight Publishing

Evernight is an ebook publisher of romance and erotica novels that is currently open to submissions from writers. They also publish print versions of some books. A number of the books they have published have been on the Amazon Bestseller list.

Joffe Books

Joffe Books is a new independent publisher based out of London. They were founded in 2013. They focus on publishing new eBooks and making classic books and short stories available electronically. They publish most genres, including romance.

Omnific Publishing

Omnific Publishing is romance publishing company that publishes digital and print books. They started out small in 2009 but have grown in size and reputation since then. Simon & Schuster is now their distributor.

Beachwalk Press

They largely publish romantic eBooks, but some of their books have been released in print as well. Most of the books they publish are on the sensual side. They are open to romances in all sub-genres except for young adult romances.

Endeavor Press

A large UK based eBook publisher that publishes a wide variety of genres including romance.

Amira Press

Amira Press started out as a small ePublisher of romance and erotica and has grown considerably over the years. They have sold a lot of eBooks and now even have some print editions.

Clean Reads

Formerly known as Astrea Press, they focus on publishing a number of genres, including “clean” romance.

Crimson Romance

Crimson Romance is an imprint of a much larger publishing company. They focus on publishing a wide variety of offbeat romance novels.

The Wild Rose Press

The Wild Rose Press is an established small press that publishes full length manuscripts, primarily in the romance genre.

Adams Media

A large publisher with a large digital first romance imprint.

Solstice Publishing

Solstice is a mid sized publishing house based out of the United States that publishes eBooks. They have published over 200 authors and have started to buy small publishing houses.

Jupiter Garden Press

A small multi-genre publisher with a romance imprint.