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Best Book Publishing Companies in Detroit

Showing 12 publishers that match your search.

Charlesbridge

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

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://www.charlesbridge.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
A Long Pitch Home

Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Running Full Tilt

Michael Currinder

A Place to Start a Family

David L. Harrison

Cardinal Rule Press

Genres: Picture Book, Diverse Literature, and Children's

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://cardinalrulepress.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries & book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Dazzling Travis

Hannah Carmona

Kindness is a Kite String

Michelle Schaub

Chocolate Milk, Por Favor!

Maria Dismondy

Orbit

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Fiction

Part of: Hachette > Orbit

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://www.orbitbooks.net/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin

Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie

The Tower of Fools

Andrzej Sapkowski

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Bywater Books

Genres: LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult, Women's Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Humor, Biographies & Memoirs, Science Fiction, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://www.bywaterbooks.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries & book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
96 Hours

Georgia Beers

Beowulf for Cretins

Ann McMan

Compass Rose

Anna Burke

Wayne State University Press

Genres: Academic, Art, Education & Reference, History, African-American, Biographies & Memoirs, Narrative Nonfiction, Environmental, Math & Science, Health & Wellbeing, Medical, Humor, Sports & Outdoors, True Crime, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Urban Fiction, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Children's

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

University press

💥 Hit titles
Crusader for Justice

Trevor W. Coleman & Peter J. Hammer

Rosie, A Detroit Herstory

Bailey Sisoy Isgro

Leaving Springfield

John Alberti

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

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

Part of: Eerdmans Publishing > Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://www.eerdmans.com/youngreaders/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Story of Bodri

Hédi Fried

A Different Story

Adolfo Serra

Snowmen Live Forever

Thierry Dedieu

Kregel Publications

Genres: Christian and Nonfiction

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://www.kregel.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Lord of the Ring

Phil Anderson

The Little Book for Really Really Brilliant Grandparents

Rob Parsons & Katherine Hill

Living for Eternity

Kate Patterson

Eerdmans Publishing

Genres: Christian, Nonfiction, and Children's

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://www.eerdmans.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging

Willie James Jennings

Gospel Witness: Evangelism in Word and Deed

David M. Gustafson

Sanctuary

Heidi Neumark

Sleeping Bear Press

Genres: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and Children's

Part of: Cherry Lake Publishing > Sleeping Bear Press

Location: Detroit, US

Website: https://sleepingbearpress.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
A Cape!

Marty Kelley

A Teacher Like You

Frank Murphy & Barbara Dan

Don't Call Me Fuzzybutt!

Robin Gorman Newman

Baker Books

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

Part of: Baker Publishing Group > Baker Books

Location: Detroit, US

Website: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bakerbooks

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
A Place Called Heaven

Robert Jeffress

It's Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time

Sheila Walsh

40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Wendy Speake

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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