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A comprehensive directory of the best publishers in 2022, vetted by the team at Reedsy. Showing 489 publishers.

Turner Publishing

Self-Help, Business, Young Adult, History, Romance, Mystery & Crime, Cookbook, Health & Wellbeing, Art, Nonfiction, Fiction

Location - Nashville, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Website - https://www.turnerpublishing.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

The Emperor's Sword

Andrew Klavan

One Stupid Thing

Stewart Lewis

My Mistress' Eyes Are Raven Black

Terry Roberts

Europa Editions

Literary Fiction, Diverse Literature, Fiction

Location - New York City, US

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Website - https://www.europaeditions.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

Alina Bronsky

Ensorcellia Publishing

Literary Fiction, Fiction, Novella, Short Story, Poetry

Part of - Odyssey Books > Ensorcellia

Location - Wellington, NZ

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Queries - Submit here

Website - https://www.odysseybooks.com.au/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

When No One Is Watching

Linathi Makanda

How to Wake a Butterfly

Loic Ekinga

The Universe Made the Stars And Then Made You

Kylie Gifis

Algonquin Books

Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction

Part of - Workman Publishing > Algonquin Books

Location - Raleigh, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Audiobooks, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Website - https://www.algonquin.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

The Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart

Galley Beggar Press

Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Fiction, Nonfiction

Location - London, GB

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann

Mordew

Alex Pheby

Tor Teen

Young Adult, Diverse Literature, Children's

Part of - Macmillan > Tor/Forge > Tor Teen

Location - New York City, US

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Website - https://www.torteen.com/

💥 Hit titles

The Extraordinaries

TJ Klune

The Rithmatist

Brandon Sanderson

Little Brother

Cory Doctorow

Enchanted Lion Books

Picture Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Literature, Children's

Location - New York City, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Website - https://enchantedlion.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

Cry, Heart, But Never Break

Glenn Ringtved

Ballad

Blexbolex

Bertolt

Jacques Goldstyn

Forever

Romance, Women's Fiction, LGBTQ+, Diverse Literature, Fiction

Part of - Hachette > Grand Central Publishing > Forever

Location - New York City, US

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Website - https://www.read-forever.com/

💥 Hit titles

The Trouble With Hating You

Sajni Patel

When a Duchess Says I Do

Grace Burrowes

Then There Was You

Miranda Liasson

Melville House

Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, History, Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Location - New York City, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Website - https://www.mhpbooks.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

Cat Out of Hell

Lynne Truss

Debt: the First 5,000 Years

David Graeber

Fiasco

Imre Kertész

Harlequin

Romance, Women's Fiction, Fiction

Part of - HarperCollins > Harlequin

Location - London, GB

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - https://www.harlequin.com/shop/index.html

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Tough To Tame

Diana Palmer

The Flipside of Perfect

Liz Reinhardt

Meant To Be

Jude Deveraux

What do book publishers do?

Sure, a book publisher prints and sells your book. But what they do behind the scenes encompasses much more than that. Publishers handle the entire publishing process for books, including: 

  • Editing the book, i.e. developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading; 
  • Designing the book, i.e. book cover design and any necessary interior book design;
  • Promotion and marketing, i.e. writing the book’s blurb, setting up media interviews, etc.; and
  • Production and distribution, i.e. formatting and distributing hardback, paperback, and ebook versions of the book to stores, both online and brick-and-mortar. 

Note that the structure of publishing companies may differ, depending on their size. Bigger book publishers may be made up of publishing houses which may, in turn, be made up of imprints — each of which will have its own brand identity in terms of the type of books it publishes. 

However, regardless of a publisher’s size, the scope of their work shouldn’t change. Once you sign with a publisher, they will do everything that it takes to bring your book to market. 

What are the most prominent book publishing companies?

If we define success by sheer sales volume, then we might point towards the "Big 5" presses and educational publishers (who rake in a LOT of money). Over the past few decades, these giant publishing companies have merged with and acquired most of the mid-sized publishers in the industry. However, a few still remain. Here are today's biggest book publishing companies:

  • Penguin Random House (Big 5)
  • Hachette Book Group (Big 5)
  • HarperCollins (Big 5)
  • Macmillan Publishers (Big 5)
  • Simon & Schuster (Big 5)
  • Scholastic Corporation
  • Pearson Education
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Cengage Learning

Together, these largest publishers dominate the publishing landscape. Countless beloved books come from their imprints, many of which you’ll find in our directory. 

The rest of the publishing landscape is largely made up of small publishers, or independent publishers. Most big publishers don’t directly accept unsolicited submissions without a literary agent — but smaller publishers do, making them a realistic and worthwhile route to publication. 

I have a long list of publishers. What next?

Congratulations! Now take a moment to thoroughly vet every publisher on your longlist. Scams are a dime a dozen in the publishing industry, and you want to make 100% sure that you’re dealing with a legitimate publishing company. Again, we strongly recommend reading this post and Writer Beware to know what red flags to watch out for.

When you’re confident in all of the publishers on your longlist, it’s time for the most nerve-wracking step: submitting your manuscript to them. 

Check out our free resources if you’re feeling daunted by what comes next. Whether you’re learning how to research publishers or how to personalize a submission, we've got you covered.

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