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Best Book Publishing Companies in Atlanta

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Lucid House Publishing

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Thriller & Suspense, and Young Adult

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://www.lucidhousepublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Spellbound Under the Spanish Moss: A Southern Tale of Magic

Connor Judson Garrett and Kevin N. Garrett

Paradise Road: A Memoir

Marilyn Kriete

A Season in Lights

Gregory Erich Phillips

Curious Curls Publishing

Genres: Fiction, Middle Grade, Short Story, and Young Adult

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://www.curiouscurlspublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Elementals

Abby Lattanzio

Hot Lips

Joe Baumann

Sparrow Days

Russell Sebring

Cole Hart

Genres: Urban Fiction, Romance, African-American, Women's Fiction, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, and Fiction

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://www.colehartsignature.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Godfather of Atlanta

Cole Hart

I'm Just Tryin To Be Somebody's Wife

Cole Hart

The Throne

Cole Hart

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Royalty Publishing House

Genres: Urban Fiction, Romance, African-American, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, and Fiction

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://www.royaltypublishinghouse.com/submissions/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Tazz & Kira: An Undeniable Love

Lacresha Golden

I Gave My Heart To The Plug

Candy Moore

Saving My Heart For A Thug's Love 2

Mo Howard

August House

Genres: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Diverse Literature, and Children's

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://www.augusthouse.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Anansi and the Tug o'War

Bobby Norfolk & Sherry Norfolk

As Luck Would Have It

Robert D. San Souci

Go to Sleep, Gecko!

Margaret Read MacDonald

Top Shelf Productions

Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels and Fiction

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://www.topshelfcomix.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
They Called Us Enemy

George Takei et al

From Hell

Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell

Kodi

Jared Cullum

Peachtree Publishers

Genres: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Cookbook, DIY, Environmental, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Part of: Trustbridge Global Media > Peachtree Publishers

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://peachtree-online.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
No! Said Rabbit

Marjoke Henrichs

Superlative Birds

Leslie Bulion

Little Whale

Jo Weaver

University of Georgia Press

Genres: Academic, African-American, Education & Reference, Art, Architecture, Biographies & Memoirs, DIY, Health & Wellbeing, Sports & Outdoors, Humor, History, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Law, Medical, True Crime, Travel, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help, Photography, Business, Law, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children's

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://ugapress.org/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

University press

💥 Hit titles
Battleground

Celeste-Marie Bernier

Public Religions in the Future World

David Morris

An OutKast Reader

Regina Bradley

Genius Book Publishing

Genres: True Crime, Horror, Mystery & Crime, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Location: Atlanta, US

Website: https://geniusbookpublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries & manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Evil Desire: Recollections of a Sex Crimes Detective

Dean T. Olson

Commitment to Courage

Donald Redden

In Huttle We Trust

Chris Westphal

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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