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Best Book Publishing Companies in Melbourne

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Text Publishing

Genres: 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, and Short Story

Location: Melbourne, AU

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

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Loner

Georgina Young

Soldiers

Tom Remiger

A Constant Hum

Alice Bishop

CSIRO Publishing

Genres: Math & Science, Medical, Psychology, and Nonfiction

Part of: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation > CSIRO Publishing

Location: Melbourne, AU

Website: https://www.publish.csiro.au/

Accepts unagented submissions

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Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Way of the Weedy Seadragon

Anne Morgan

Plantastic!

Catherine Clowers

The Allure of Fungi

Alison Pouliot

ACER Press

Genres: Academic, Medical, Health & Wellbeing, and Nonfiction

Part of: Australian Council for Educational Research > ACER Press

Location: Melbourne, AU

Website: https://www.acer.org/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Leading Professional Learning

Helen Timperley et al

Leading Improvement In Mathematics Teaching And Learning

Peter Sullivan

Strong Foundations

Anna Kilderry & Bridie Raban

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Hinkler

Genres: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Education & Reference, Humor, DIY, Health & Wellbeing, Cookbook, Children's, and Nonfiction

Location: Melbourne, AU

Website: https://www.hinkler.com.au/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Grannies Don't Fart!

Lisa Regan

Sleep, Little Pup

Jo Parry

Too Sneaky to Share

Lisa Regan

Perimeter Editions

Genres: Art, Photography, and Nonfiction

Location: Melbourne, AU

Website: https://perimetereditions.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Send Me a Lullaby

Emma Phillips

Roosevelt Station

David Rothenberg

The Design Plot

Shelley Lasica, Pip Wallis, Megan Payne, Zoe Theodore

Thames & Hudson Australia

Genres: Art, Architecture, Biographies & Memoirs, Business, Picture Book, DIY, History, Humor, Environmental, Math & Science, Education & Reference, Comics & Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Children's, and Poetry

Location: Melbourne, AU

Website: https://thamesandhudson.com.au/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Reading the Seasons

Alice Provensen & Martin Provensen

Photography: the Whole Story

Juliet Hacking

The Poet of Piney Woods

Bob Raczka

Severed Press

Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fiction

Location: Melbourne, AU

Website: http://www.severedpress.com

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Island of the Crabs

Steven J. Taylor

Roak

Jake Bible

Badlands

Lucas Pederson

Cohesion Press

Genres: Horror, Action & Adventure, Diverse Literature, and Fiction

Location: Melbourne, AU

Website: https://cohesionpress.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
SNAFU: Resurrection

James A. Moore et al

SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest

Jeremy Robinson

Love, Death, and Robots

Alastair Reynolds et al

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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