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Best Catholic Book Publishing Companies

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Library Tales Publishing

Genres: Academic, Action & Adventure, African-American, Architecture, Art, Biographies & Memoirs, BIPOC, Business, Catholic, Children's, Comics & Graphic Novels, Cookbook, Diverse Literature, DIY, Economics, Education & Reference, Fantasy, Feminism, Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Historical Fiction, History, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ+, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Nonfiction, Novella, Picture Book, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, True Crime, Urban Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Young Adult

Location: New York City, US

Website: https://www.librarytalespublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
How to Draw Cool Stuff

Catherine V. Holmes

The Thought Exchange

David Friedman

The Vanishing

David Michael Slater

Twenty-Third Publications

Genres: Catholic, Christian, and Nonfiction

Part of: Bayard, Inc. > TwentyThird Publications

Location: Hartford, US

Website: http://www.twentythirdpublications.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Small press

💥 Hit titles
How to Give a Home Run Homily

S. James Meyer

Divine Renovation

James Mallon

Our Catholic Life: Drawing Closer to Christ

Bll Huebscb

Liturgical Press

Genres: Catholic and Nonfiction

Location: Minneapolis, US

Website: https://litpress.org/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Angels in the Bible

George M. Smiga

Desire, Darkness, and Hope

Laurie Cassidy & M. Shawn Copeland

The Life of Jesus Christ

Milton T. Walsh

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Paulist Press

Genres: Catholic and Nonfiction

Location: New York City, US

Website: https://www.paulistpress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Small press

💥 Hit titles
An Introduction to Bioethics

Thomas A. Shannon & Nicholas J. Kockler

Biblical Sudoku Puzzles

James Ormond

Child's Bible

Paulist Press

Loyola Press

Genres: Catholic and Nonfiction

Location: Chicago, US

Website: https://www.loyolapress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
An Invitation to Love

William A. Barry

Sharing the Wisdom of Time

Pope Francis

The Catechist's Backpack

Julianne Stanz & Joe Paprocki

Paraclete Press

Genres: Christian, Catholic, Nonfiction, Fiction, Children's, and Poetry

Location: Boston, US

Website: https://paracletepress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
My Baptism Book

Sophie Piper

The Fire Within

Ronald Rolheiser

Looking From the Precipice

Botrus Mansour

Our Sunday Visitor

Genres: Catholic, Religion & Spirituality, and Nonfiction

Location: Huntington, US

Website: https://www.osv.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries & mansucript entries - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Thus Sayeth the Lord: A Fresh Take on the Prophets

Julie Davis

A Life of Conversion

Derek Rotty

Clueless in Galilee

Mac Barron

Emmaus Road Publishing

Genres: Catholic and Nonfiction

Part of: St. Paul Center > Emmaus Road Publishing

Location: Columbus, US

Website: https://stpaulcenter.com/emmaus-road-publishing/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries & book proposals - View guidelines →

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Parousia

St Paul Centre

A Church in Crisis

Ralph Martin

Friendship and the Fathers

Mike Aquilina

Ave Maria Press

Genres: Catholic and Nonfiction

Location: Indianapolis, US

Website: https://www.avemariapress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Stumbling Into Grace

Mary Pezzulo

Finding Sanctuary

Jennifer Hubbard

A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More

Sam Fatzinger & Rob Fatzinger

William Carey Publishing

Genres: Islam, Religion & Spirituality, Christian, Catholic, and Nonfiction

Location: Los Angeles, US

Website: https://missionbooks.org/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Only One

Curtis Sergeant

Expectations and Burnout

Sue Eenigenburg & Robynn Bliss

Expect Great Things

Marvin J. Newell

Catholic Publishers in Other Countries 🌎

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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