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Best Book Publishing Companies in Denver

Showing 7 publishers that match your search.

Entangled Publishing

Genres: Romance, Diverse Literature, Fiction, and Novella

Location: Denver, US

Website: https://entangledpublishing.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Back in the Burbs

Avery Flynn & Tracy Wolff

Crush

Tracy Wolff

Ember of Night

Molly E. Lee

Conundrum Publishing

Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Crime, and Thriller & Suspense

Location: Denver, US

Website: https://www.conundrumpub.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Submission form - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Shelter Below

R.L. Kennedy

The Stranger

Mark Ayre

The Enigma Strain

Nick Thacker

5 Prince Publishing

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Young Adult

Location: Denver, US

Website: https://www.5princebooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book queries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Liz's Road Trip

Bernadette Marie

Vampires of Atlantis

Courtney Davis

Raising Elle

S.E. Reichert

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Literary Wanderlust

Genres: LGBTQ+, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, and Fiction

Location: Denver, US

Website: https://www.literarywanderlust.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Mermaid Broker

Sue Hinkin

States of Grace

Mandy Miller

Heat Index

Deborah Kelly

Waterbrook & Multnomah

Genres: Christian, Religion & Spirituality, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's

Part of: Penguin Random House > Random House > Waterbrook & Multnomah

Location: Denver, US

Website: https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

Jennie Allen

Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex

Michael Todd

Bronco and Friends: A Party to Remember

Tim Tebow

Pioneer Drama

Genres: Screenplays, Fiction, and Children's

Location: Denver, US

Website: https://www.pioneerdrama.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Beautiful

Shawn Deal

The Emperor's Old Clothes

Faye Couch Reeves

Alice in Cyberland

Mark Landon Smith

Entangled Teen

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Children's, Fiction, and Novella

Part of: Entangled Publishing > Entangled Teen

Location: Denver, US

Website: https://entangledpublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Eyes on Me

Rachel Harris

Love Spells and Other Disasters

Angie Barrett

Dating Makes Perfect

Pintip Dunn

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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