22 Romance Publishers That Accept Submissions Without an Agent

Written by Emily Harstone

Updated January 31st 2018

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.

To read our updated list of 38 Romance Publishers click here.

eXtasy

eXtasy is an eBook publisher that pays 40% royalties to all of their authors. They only publish erotica.

Devine Destinies

An imprint of eXtasy, they publish romance books in various subgenres.

The Totally Entwined Group

The Totally Entwined Group is an eBook and print publisher that was successful in its own right, before being purchased by the Bonnier Publishing group. There have been some shifts in focus since Bonnier purchased it in 2015, but the group still has a good reputation and its focus is still on its two flagship established imprints – Pride and Totally Bound.

Cedar Fort

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 to romance.

Carina Press

Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in digital, and then depending on the numbers releasing audio and print versions as well. Unlike most of Harlequin’s imprints they don’t just focus on romance, although they are open to all subgenres of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ+, and science fiction. They also publish mysteries of all flavors—from cozies to thrillers, with and without romantic elements.

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.

Forever Yours

Forever is the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing. Grand Central Publishing is an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, one of the big five publishers. Forever Yours is the digital sister of Forever, they focus on publishing unagented authors, and often publish authors without a publication history. They publish eBooks, but they an option to print on demand any book over 50,000 words in length.

Fiery Seas

Fiery Seas is an eBook and print publisher founded in 2014. They publish a variety of plot driven genres including romance.

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.

Siren Book Strand

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.

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.

Anaiah Press

A new Christian publisher interested in publishing Christian romance novels.

Red Sage

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.

SMP Swerve

St Martin’s Press is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big 5 publishers. SMP Swerve is the digital first romance publishing imprint of St Martin’s.

Black Lyon Publishing

Black Lyon Publishing is a small but established publisher of romance novels, eBook and printed.

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.

ImaJinn Books

ImaJinn books is a print and electronic publisher of a wide spectrum of romance novels. They publish everything from new adult to contemporary to fantasy. Their print books are published on demand, and they seem to sell most of their books through Amazon, so don’t expect a distributor.

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.

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/