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Best Book Publishing Companies in Boston

Showing 15 publishers that match your search.

Fair Winds Press

Genres: Cookbook, Health & Wellbeing, Self-Help, Sports & Outdoors, and Nonfiction

Part of: Quarto Group > Fair Winds Press

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://www.quartoknows.com/Fair-Winds-Press

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Great Cholesterol Myth

Jonny Bowden et al

The Path of the Witch

Lidia Pradas

Press Here! Ayurvedic Head Massage for Beginners

Hillary Arrieta

Candlewick Press

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

Part of: Walker Books > Candlewick Press

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://www.candlewick.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Where's Waldo?

Martin Handford

The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo

Judy Moody and Stink

Megan McDonald

Small Beer Press

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Short Story

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://smallbeerpress.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Never Have I Ever

Isabel Yap

Terra Nullius

Claire G. Coleman

In Other Lands

Sarah Rees Brennan

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Versify

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

Part of: HarperCollins > Versify

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://www.harpercollins.com/pages/versify

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries -

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Anya and the Nightingale

Sofiya Pasternack

The Year I Flew Away

Marie Arnold

Emmy in the Key of Code

Aimee Lucido

Page Street Publishing

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

Location: Boston, US

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

Diversity: Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries & mansucript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon

Mary Fan

Home and Away

Candice Montgomery

Echo North

Joanna Ruth Meyer

De Gruyter Publishing

Genres: Academic, Architecture, Art, BIPOC, Diverse Literature, Economics, Environmental, Feminism, History, Islam, Jewish Literature, Law, LGBTQ+, Math & Science, Medical, Nonfiction, Poetry, Politics, Psychology, Religion & Spirituality, and Technology

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://www.degruyter.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Bitcoin: A Game-Theoretic Analysis

Micah Warren

Fired Up!

Mia B. Russell and Girvin Liggans

Beyond the Voting Rights Act

Gregory T. Moore

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Genres: Education & Reference, Picture Book, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children's

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://www.hmhco.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Largest

💥 Hit titles
My Little Ocean

Katrin Wiehle

Almost Time

Gary D. Schmidt et al

Ghosts of the Missing

Kathleen Donohoe

Mariner Books

Genres: Literary Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Part of: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt > Mariner Books

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://www.hmhbooks.com/imprints/mariner-books

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel

On the Plain of Snakes

Paul Theroux

International Press of Boston

Genres: Academic, Math & Science, Education & Reference, and Nonfiction

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://intlpress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Acta Mathematica

Tobias Ekholm

Journal of Combinatorics

Ronald Graham & Fan Chung

Selected Papers from the Journal of Differential Geometry

Simon Donaldson et al

Clarion Books

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

Part of: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt > Clarion Books

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://www.harpercollins.com/collections/books-by-clarion-books

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries -

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The One Thing You'd Save

Linda Sue Park

The Raconteur's Commonplace Book

Kate Milford

The Wednesday Wars

Gary D. Schmidt

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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