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Best Cookbook Book Publishing Companies in UK

Showing 7 publishers that match your search.

Watkins

Genres: Children's, Cookbook, Diverse Literature, Environmental, Health & Wellbeing, History, Narrative Nonfiction, and Self-Help

Location: London, GB

Website: https://watkinspublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Soberish

Kayla Lyons

Rebel Gardening

Alessandro Vitale

England on Fire

Stephen Ellcock and Mat Osman

ACC Art Books

Genres: Art, Architecture, Business, Picture Book, DIY, Cookbook, Travel, Nonfiction, and Children's

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.accartbooks.com/us/

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
David Bowie: Icon

George Underwood

Loving

Hugh Nini & Neal Treadwell

Best Buildings Britain

Matthew Freedman

Quarto Publishing Group

Genres: Cookbook, Art, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Architecture, DIY, Math & Science, Picture Book, Nonfiction, and Children's

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.quarto.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Emmeline Pankhurst: Little People, Big Dreams

Lisbeth Kaiser

The Complete Grimoire

Lidia Pradas

Quick Keto

Martina Slajerova

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Kyle Books

Genres: Cookbook, DIY, Sports & Outdoors, Health & Wellbeing, and Nonfiction

Part of: Hachette > Octopus Publishing > Kyle Books

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.kylebooks.co.uk/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
A Flash in the Pan

John Whaite

London in the Wild

Chris Packham

The Thinking Drinkers Almanac

Ben McFarland & Tom Sandham

Hardie Grant Publishing

Genres: Cookbook, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Art, Architecture, Photography, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction, and Children's

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/publishing

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
How to Make Anything Gluten Free

Becky Excell

Everyday Magic

Semra Haksever

Wanderlust in Berlin

Julian Tompkin

Head of Zeus

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery & Crime, Romance, Thriller & Suspense, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Cookbook, Young Adult, Literary Fiction, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's

Location: London, GB

Website: https://headofzeus.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Children of D'Hara

Terry Goodkind

The Three-Body Problem

Liu Cixin

Doppler

Erlend Loe

Hodder & Stoughton

Genres: Cookbook, Health & Wellbeing, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Mystery & Crime, Young Adult, History, Politics, Horror, Action & Adventure, Nonfiction, Fiction, and Children's

Part of: Hachette > Hodder & Stoughton

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.hodder.co.uk/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John le Carré

One Day

David Nicholls

Billy Summers

Stephen King

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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