Non Fiction

May 18, 2017

The Quarto Publishing Group: Now Accepting Book Proposals

The Quarto Publishing Group is an international publishing house known for its illustrated books. They publish most of their work through a number of niche imprints each with their own focus. All of their US imprints are distributed by Hachette. Their imprints are all nonfiction. They publish a lot of cookbooks and gift books. They…

April 27, 2017

North Atlantic Books: Now Seeking Nonfiction Book Proposals

North Atlantic Books is a publisher located in California. They have been publishing books since the 70s. They started out rather small and independent but now they are much larger and have excellent distribution through Penguin/Random House. Over the decades they have focused on publishing a diverse range of books in the areas of alternative…

City Lights Books: Accepting Proposals

“City Lights Books is an independent publisher of fiction, essays, memoirs, translations, poetry, and books on social and political issues. We do not publish New Age, self-help, children’s literature, how-to guides, or genre works such as romance, westerns, or science fiction.” City Lights Books is based out of San Fransisco and is indeed part of…

March 9, 2017

Black Lyon Publishing: Accepting Book Manuscripts

Update: We apologize for any inconvenience but Black Lyon is currently closed to submissions to all except existing Black Lyon authors through 2017. Black Lyon Publishing is a small but established publisher of romance novels, eBook and printed, out of Oregon. Some of their books also have audio versions. They just recently started to publish…

February 23, 2017

Diversion Books: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Diversion Books was started by Scott Waxman of Waxman Literary Agency. He said that it started as an experiment of sorts to publish books that the agency represented that they had a hard time finding “Big 5” publishers to accept. That was seen as conflict of interest, and writers were initially very leery. However, after…

December 8, 2016

Sterling Publishing: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Sterling Publishing is owned by Barnes and Noble. They put it for sale a couple of years ago, but then after a period of time pulled it from the market. During this whole period Sterling has continued to publish books. They also have a large crafting imprint named Lark. Sterling has been publishing books for…

November 17, 2016

Kensington Publishing: Now Accepting Book Queries

This large independent publisher is based out of New York. They publish a wide variety of mainstream fiction and nonfiction books, with a particular focus on romance. They publish an average of 600 books a year, so they accept a lot more submissions than most independent publishers. To get a good feeling for what they…

November 10, 2016

Free Spirit Publishing: Now Accepting Submissions

Free Spirit Publishing is an established publisher with good distribution. They publish primarily non-fiction, mostly curriculum based, where they have a number of niche focuses. They do publish fiction but only in the form of board books (aimed at infants to 4 year olds) and picture books (for ages 4 to 8) that focus on…

October 13, 2016

Turner Books: Now Seeking Submissions

Turner publishes books in a wide range of categories and formats—fiction and non-fiction. They publish mainly in print but have electronic options as well. They are a major independent publishing house that has a number of imprints. The following is a list of their imprints from their websites, which may be helpful in determining if…

September 26, 2016

Chicago Review Press: Now Seeking Book Submissions

Chicago Review Press was founded over 40 years ago. They are an established independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction and memoir. They also publish books for children (but not picture books). They were founded by Curt Matthews and his wife, Linda Matthews. Curt was the former editor of the literary journal the Chicago Review. What…

September 22, 2016

Charlesbridge Publishing: Now Seeking Submissions

Charlesbridge publishes high quality books for children and young adults with the goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. In 2010 Charlesbridge acquired Imagine Publishing which expanded what they were able to offer. They now have extensive audio offerings. They also publish adult nonfiction, cookbooks, and puzzle books. Charlesbridge is still best known for…

September 8, 2016

Quirk Books: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

This Philadelphia based press publishes just 25 books a year in a whole range of genres, from children’s books to nonfiction to science fiction. Unlike most publishers that tackle a large range of topics, Quirk books has a clear marketing plan and to a certain degree their books have a cohesive feel, because they all…

August 22, 2016

Cedar Fort: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

Cedar Fort is a print and electronic publisher based out of Salt Lake City. They are the second largest publisher in Utah. They publish over 150 books a year. Their books cover a wide range of topics, from cookbooks to juvenile fiction. They are a Mormon publishing company, although publish books by non-Mormons, and books…

August 11, 2016

Soft Skull Press: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

Soft Skull Press is a small publisher of literary fiction and non fiction based out of California. They publish a wide variety of quirky and well written work. They have published a number of well known authors, including Maggie Nelson. They are a niche press. Their distributor is Publishers Group West. They are now an imprint…

June 23, 2016

Hohm Press: Now Accepting Book Queries

A small print publisher based out of Arizona, Hohm has been around for many years. They are a respected press that has published a number of well known authors. They publish a wide variety of genres, including poetry, non-fiction, and children’s books. They generally focus on eastern religion and spirituality. They are not interested in…

June 8, 2016

McFarland: Now Seeking Non-Fiction Book Submissions

McFarland is an independent publisher based in North Carolina with a fair and clear compensation policy found here. They welcome un-agented authors and do not charge reading fees. One of my favorite aspects of McFarland is that they welcome edited collections of essays and have a helpful guide sheet for anyone interested in curating such…

June 2, 2016

Speaking Volumes: Now Seeking Book Queries

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. At their About Us page, you can learn more about the company and the current staff. Their books are widely available and they publish a number of established authors….

May 19, 2016

Source Books: Now Seeking Book Submissions

A large independent publisher based out of Illinois, they also have offices in Connecticut and New York. Source books was started in 1987 by Dominique Raccah. They also have several imprints all founded within the last decade. They started out publishing business books but then expanded to gift books. A number of books they have…

May 12, 2016

Other Guy Publishing: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

UPDATE MAY 13TH, 2016: Their submission page remains the same but their email says they are closed to submissions for the foreseeable future. Other Guy Publishing is a small e-publisher. They publish print editions of all of their full length books. They focus on selling books on Amazon. Their slogan is “publishing fresh perspectives and…

April 15, 2016

Ashland Creek Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Ashland Creek Press is a boutique press dedicated to publishing books with a world view. The fiction and non-fiction they publish is about the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife. Books they have published have received critical acclaim from a number of magazines including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews. They are open…

March 18, 2016

Prometheus Books: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Prometheus Books is a large established publisher of what they like to call “intelligent non-fiction”. They specialize in publishing non-fiction books that fall into the following categories: Popular science, philosophy, atheism, humanism, and critical thinking. They are distributed by Random House. Prometheus books was started in 1969 by the philosopher Paul Kurtz, who was also…

January 12, 2016

Back Hall Press

Updated September 2016 Believed to be Defunct – Do Not Submit 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. Back Hall…

December 2, 2015

Ulysses Press: Submission Guidelines

Ulysses Press is an independent publisher that has been around for almost a decade. They focus on publishing non-fiction books aimed at niche markets.  It is a good idea to go through their catalog before submitting to see if your work is a good fit for their press. They are looking for books on the…

October 29, 2015

Paulist Press: Submission Guidelines

Paulist Press is an established press that has been around for 150 years. It is founded and run by the Paulist Fathers, a society of missionary priests founded for and by Americans in 1858. Paulist Press publishes Christian books in a wide variety of sub-genres, they have excellent distribution and sales within that market. They…

October 15, 2015

Peachtree Publishers: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Peachtree Publishers is a well respected independent publisher with good distribution. They are based out of Atlanta Georgia and they specialize in publishing children’s books, young adult books, self help titles for parents and educators and guides to the American south. They also  publish books on gardening and cookbooks, but usually only with a southern…

October 1, 2015

Parenting Press: Submission Guidelines

Last Updated May 17th Parenting Press is a publisher that has been around for 35 years. They have good distribution and they focus on publishing work in a specific, niche market that they know well. Chicago Review Press acquired Parenting Press effective January 1st, 2017. They will continue on as an imprint, and will in…

August 11, 2015

Ellechor Publishing: Now Accepting Submissions

Ellechor Publishing is a Christian publisher of print and electronic books. They have good distribution, both online and in brick and mortar stores. They started in 2009, but they seem to have improved over time in terms of distribution and cover design. They publish Christian fiction and non-fiction. Ellechor Publishing also has a vanity publishing…

July 2, 2015

Eifrig Publishing: Now Accepting Book Proposals

Eifrig Publishing is a small independent publishing company that focuses on publishing children’s books. They also publish family psychology books, some non-fiction for adults, and books on education. They publish some eBooks. Their motto is “good for our kids, good for our environment, and our good for our communities.” They are not listed on the…

April 23, 2015

Cengage Learning: Now Accepting Book Manuscripts

Cengage Learning is a huge publishing company with a number of divisions and imprints however the main branch, Cengage Learning, focuses on publishing work aimed at community college and university students. They have published textbooks on a vast number of subjects from automotive technology to family law. They publish both academic books and books aimed…

April 17, 2015

Duke University Press: Open To Submissions

Duke University Press is a respected academic press. Like most academic presses, they publish well researched books on a wide variety of subjects. The list of subjects they publish book on include: Latin American Studies, Social Movements, Gender Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Postcolonial Theory, Lesbian and Gay Studies, Construction of Race, Gender and National Identity, Social…

February 19, 2015

Black Inc. Books: Open to submissions

UPDATED 2016: No longer open to submissions by non Australian authors. Black Inc. Books is a respected independent publisher based out of Australia. Their books are distributed through Penguin Australia. Even though they are based in Australia, they publish authors from all over the world. They publish primarily non-fiction and fiction. They publish poetry and…

February 9, 2015

Black & White Publishing: Accepting Submissions

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1995 and is now one of the largest Scottish publishers. They currently have over 200 books in print.  They are based in Scotland but they are open to publishing work by authors of any nationality or current geographic location. They have good distributor and are starting to break…

December 11, 2014

Barricade Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Barricade Books is an independent print publisher of non-fiction manuscripts.  They are based out of New Jersey. They state explicitly on their site that they prefer books with a controversial element. Although that is not always the case, two of the recent books they published were Conversations with A Pedophile and I’ll Do My Own…

December 9, 2014

BenBella Books: Now Accepting Non-Fiction Pitches

BenBella is a niche publishing company run by Glen Yeffeth. Yeffeth has a marketing background but he is also a lover of books. They have a good distributor and are a marketing oriented company.  The editors receive high praise for their ability to edit books.  They only publish works of non-fiction. They publish between 30-40…

BelleBooks/BelleBridge: Accepting Manuscript Submissions

BelleBooks was founded in 1999 by a number of writers of Southern Fiction. They focused on publishing works of southern fiction before creating the now substantial imprint BelleBridge, which is open to a wide variety of genres including, cozy mysteries, women’s fiction, romance, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, horror, fantasy, young adult, mystery, suspense, and thrillers….

November 29, 2014

Anaiah Press: Open to Manuscript Submissions

Anaiah Press is a Christian digital first publisher. They publish faith based fiction and non fiction. They are relatively small and new publishing house. However they have a large number of editors for such a small organization and many of the editors have a fair amount of experience.  The editors (aside from the managing editor)…

October 30, 2014

Melville House: Open To Non-Fiction Manuscript Submissions

Melville House is a Brooklyn based publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction books. They are a respected and established independent press. They were founded in 2001 by sculptor Valerie Merians and fiction writer/journalist Dennis Johnson, in order to publish an anthology titled Poetry After 9/11. They are currently open to unsolicited submissions of non-fiction manuscripts….

October 23, 2014

The New Press: Open to Book Manuscript Submissions

The New Press Published its first book in 1992. Since then it has published many more books by authors such as Alice Walker, Bill Moyers, and Noam Chomsky. They are a non-profit independent publisher. They have published books that have become best sellers and won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. They publish about 50…

October 3, 2014

Black Balloon Publishing

Black Balloon Publishing is an imprint of Catapult Books. They have online and print distribution. Their books tend to be well reviewed and many have been blurbed by famous established authors. They publish literary fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs. They try to focus on publishing things that are odd or quirky. It would be appropriate to…

October 2, 2014

Measure: Open To Manuscript Submissions

Measure Press is a small press that publishes poetry, criticism, and poetry instruction as well as a semi-annual literary journal that focuses exclusively on publishing formal poetry. Their poetry journal, Measure, has been around since 2005. It has become an established and respected publisher of formal poetry. Measure Press is run by editors Rob Griffith…

September 4, 2014

Seven Stories Press: Open To Book Submissions

Seven Stories Press is an independent publisher that has been around for twenty years. They have published a number of highly respected books. Their books are distributed by Random House. They take their name from the seven authors whose work has influenced and impacted Seven Stories Press the most. Those authors are Octavia Butler,  Nelson…

August 28, 2014

Wiseblood: Open To Query Letters

Wiseblood is a small independent literary book publisher. They publish a wide range of literary  work including short story collections, novels, novellas, literary nonfiction, poetry, and, on occasion, critical or essay works. They are a Christian publisher that is deeply influenced by Flannery O’Connor’s work. Because of this not all of the work they publish…

August 14, 2014

solid objects: Accepting Book Manuscript Submissions

solid objects is a publisher of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction based out of New York. They were founded in 2010, since then they have published 9 books. Many are full length poetry publications but there are also three novellas and a play among the works that they have published. They are definitely a press…

August 7, 2014

Walrus Publishing: Open to Submissions

UPDATE: As of February 2016 they are closed to unagented submissions. Walrus Publishing is a small print and eBook publishing company founded in 2007 and based out of Missouri. In their own words “Our mission is to contribute to the literary arts by publishing books people enjoy reading, by collaborating with writing groups and programs,…

July 31, 2014

Persea Books: Accepting Book Manuscript Queries

Updated July 6th 2016 Persea Books is an independent book publisher based out of New York that was established in the 1970s. Since then they have gained a reputation for publishing thoughtful books in a variety of literary genres. They have an extensive catalog and fairly good distribution. You can often find their books in…

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