Best Book Publishing Companies

A comprehensive directory of the best publishers in 2021, vetted by the team at Reedsy. Filter for top publishers by genre, location, and more!

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Artisan Books

Cookbook, DIY, Sports & Outdoors, Health & Wellbeing, Nonfiction

Part of - Workman Publishing > Artisan Books

Location - New York City, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here

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

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Life in the Studio

Frances Palmer

In the Company of Women

Grace Bonney

The Kinfolk Home

Nathan Williams

Uproar Books

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction

Location - Nashville, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - http://uproarbooks.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Asperfell

Jamie Thomas

Always Greener

J. R. H. Lawless

Foretold

Violet Lumani

Akashic Books

Politics, Urban Fiction, Literary Fiction, African-American, LGBTQ+, True Crime, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, Fiction, Nonfiction

Location - New York City, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here

Website - http://www.akashicbooks.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Bivouac

Kwame Dawes

A Student of History

Nina Revoyr

Addis Ababa Noir

Maaza Mengiste

Jo Fletcher Books

Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Fiction

Part of - Quercus Books > Jo Fletcher Books

Location - London, GB

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

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

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Highfire

Eoin Colfer

The Beautiful Ones

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Radio Life

Derek B. Miller

Page Street Publishing

Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Cookbook, Sports & Outdoors, Math & Science, DIY, Environmental, Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Children's, Nonfiction

Location - Boston, US

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Submission format - Queries & mansucript entries - Submit here

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

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon

Mary Fan

Home and Away

Candice Montgomery

Echo North

Joanna Ruth Meyer

Berkley

Women's Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction

Part of - Penguin Random House > Penguin Publishing Group > Berkley

Location - New York City, US

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Website - https://www.penguin.com/publishers/berkley/

💥 Hit titles

The Kiss Quotient

Helen Hoang

Beach Read

Emily Henry

Dial A for Aunties

Jesse Q. Sutanto

Blind Eye Books

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Romance, LGBTQ+, Diverse Literature, Fiction

Location - Seattle, US

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

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

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

The Bellingham Mysteries

Nicole Kimberling

Swift and the Black Dog

Ginn Hale

Nothing But Good

Kess McKinley

Canelo

Historical Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Thriller & Suspense, LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, Fiction

Location - London, GB

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here

Website - https://www.canelo.co/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Tracer

Jason Dean

The Lucky Eight

Sheila Bugler

One Good Lie

Jane Isaac

Text Publishing

Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Fantasy, Health & Wellbeing, Historical Fiction, History, Humor, Self-Help, Politics, Religion & Spirituality, Environmental, Math & Science, Sports & Outdoors, Fiction, Nonfiction, Short Story

Location - Melbourne, AU

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

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

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Loner

Georgina Young

Soldiers

Tom Remiger

A Constant Hum

Alice Bishop

Comma Press

Literary Fiction, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Short Story

Location - Manchester, GB

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Diversity - Diverse Literature

Website - https://commapress.co.uk/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

You Should Come With Me Now

M. John Harrison & Lara Pawson

Thirteen Months of Sunrise

Rania Mamoun

The Well of Trapped Words

Sema Kaygusuz

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. 

So who exactly are the “Big 5” publishers? 

The "Big 5" publishers is a nickname given to the five powerhouses in trade publishing:

  • Penguin Random House
  • Hachette Livre
  • HarperCollins
  • Macmillan Publishers
  • Simon & Schuster

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 other "Big 5" in publishing revolves around the huge educational market: many educational publishers are so large they dwarf traditional trade presses. These include: McGraw-Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson Education, Scholastic, and Cengage Learning. 

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 longlist 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. 

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

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