Updated: June 13th 2016
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 ebook publishers, and everything in between. However, we do not review publishers who have been around for less than a year. So all of these publishers have at least a small track record.
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.
Many famous romance writers, including Mercedes Lackey, Nora Roberts, and Christopher Rice got their start at Harlequin. Their submission process is very user friendly.
Entangled Publishing is an independent publisher of adult and young adult romantic fiction. Since its first release in July 2011, Entangled has published more than 970 titles. This number includes 14 titles that have made it onto the New York Times Bestsellers list and 42 titles that have placed on the USA Today Bestsellers list.
Soul Mate is a romance eBook publisher. They have only been around for a few years but have published a number of books in that time. They encourage authors to blur genre lines and to experiment. They respond to every manuscript submitted correctly, personally. They try to respond to all submissions within 4 weeks.
Speaking Volumes is an independent publisher based out of Naples, Florida. They started out just publishing Audio books, but now they also publish eBooks and paperbacks.
They describe themselves as a romance publisher ranging from sweet to spicy. Although new, they claim their editors have sufficient editing experience gained from other publishing houses.
Loose ID is a romance publisher that publishes a large number of electronic books every year. They are open to reprints and works by brand new authors. They have four lines, Love Unleashed (hot romance), On the Edge (taboo romance), Young Hearts (new adult romance), and Love Revisited (republished romance).
A digital first publisher that wants to carve out a new and inclusive space on the progressive edge of genre fiction. They are eager to highlight new and unpublished writers, writers of color, women/non-binary writers, GLBTQ writers, niche genres and innovative styles.
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 is an online romance and erotica publisher with a focus on a choose-your-own-adventure format. Authors receive an advance.
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 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.
Siren Bookstrand is a popular publisher of romance and erotica. They only publish books that end happily ever after. They publish many books every year and most authors seem happy with the work that the Siren Bookstrand editors do. They are primarily an electronic publisher but they also have print editions.
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.
A successful independent print publisher of genre books, including romance novels.
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 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.
A new Christian publisher interested in publishing Christian romance novels.
Red Sage Publishing started as a traditional print publisher in 1995. They have a long list of published books covering diverse genres ranging from contemporary to science fiction.
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 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 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.
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.
Crimson Frost is a Canadian ebook publisher that was established 2013. They state explicitly on their website that they publish ebooks only.
A large UK based eBook publisher that publishes a wide variety of genres including romance.
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.
Formerly known as Astrea Press, they focus on publishing a number of genres, including “clean” romance.
Desert Breeze is an ePublisher that primarily publishes romance novels although they do dabble in other genres such as women’s fiction and Christian fiction, with or without romantic elements. Much of the romance they publish is cross-genre and incorporates elements of various genres ranging from steam punk to modern cowboy.
The Wild Rose Press is an established small press that publishes full length manuscripts, primarily in the romance genre.
A large publisher with a large digital first romance imprint.
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.
A small multi-genre publisher with a romance imprint.