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Best Book Publishing Companies

A comprehensive directory of the best publishers in 2024, vetted by the team at Reedsy. Showing 532 publishers.

Graywolf Press

Literary Fiction, Poetry, Fiction, Short Story

Location - Minneapolis, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries & contests - Submit here

Website - https://www.graywolfpress.org/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

The Wild Fox of Yemen

Threa Almontaser

Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

The Twilight Zone

Nona Fernández

DAW Books

Fantasy, Science Fiction, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Fiction

Part of - Penguin Random House > Penguin Publishing Group > DAW Books

Location - New York City, US

Size - Mid size

Formats - , Physical Books, Audiobooks, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries -

Website - https://astrapublishinghouse.com/imprints/daw-books/

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

The Wise Man's Fear

Patrick Rothfuss

Shadowrise

Tad Williams

The Unkindest Tide

Seanan McGuire

Mighty Media

Picture Book, Middle Grade, Children's

Location - Minneapolis, US

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - https://mightymediapress.com/

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Monster Needs to Go to School

Paul Czajak

Stingray City

Ellen J. Prager

The Ugly Dumpling

Stephanie Campisi

Unnamed Press

Biographies & Memoirs, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Short Story

Location - Los Angeles, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Submission format - Manuscript entries & queries - Submit here

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

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

The Border of Paradise

Esmé Weijun Wang

The Confession of Copeland Cane

Keenan Norris

A Certain Hunger

Chelsea G. Summers

Coffee House Press

Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Short Story

Location - Minneapolis, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - https://coffeehousepress.org/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

I Hotel

Karen Tei Yamashita

Indecency

Justin Phillip Reed

Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife

Sam Savage

BOA Editions

Literary Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Diverse Literature, Poetry, Short Story, Nonfiction, Fiction

Location - New York City, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Submission format - Contests - Submit here

Website - https://www.boaeditions.org/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Joytime Killbox

Brian Wood

The Year of the Dog

Deborah Paredez

The OK End of Funny Town

Mark Polanzak

Catapult

Biographies & Memoirs, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Short Story

Location - New York City, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Website - https://books.catapult.co/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

All You Can Ever Know

Nicole Chung

The Manningtree Witches

A.K. Blakemore

Lean Fall Stand

Jon McGregor

Flying Eye Books

Picture Book, Children's

Part of - Nobrow Press > Flying Eye Books

Location - London, GB

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books

Submission format - Queries & manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - https://flyingeyebooks.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space

Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman

Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue

William Grill

Shackleton's Journey

William Grill

Joffe Books

Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, True Crime, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Fiction

Location - London, GB

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

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

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

The Lantern Boats

Tessa Morris-Suzuki

The Sister's Twin

Jane A. Adams

The Darkest Hours

Margaret Murphy

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

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, email marketing, 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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