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Best Historical Fiction Book Publishing Companies in UK

Showing 11 publishers that match your search.

Joffe Books

Genres: Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, True Crime, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and Fiction

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.joffebooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Lantern Boats

Tessa Morris-Suzuki

The Sister's Twin

Jane A. Adams

The Darkest Hours

Margaret Murphy

Severn House

Genres: Horror, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Horror, and Fiction

Part of: Canongate Books > Severn House

Location: London, GB

Website: http://severnhouse.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Murder Ink

Betty Hechtman

Best Laid Plans

Gwen Florio

A Choir of Crows

Candace M. Robb

Canelo

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Thriller & Suspense, LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, and Fiction

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.canelo.co/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Tracer

Jason Dean

The Lucky Eight

Sheila Bugler

One Good Lie

Jane Isaac

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Aria Publishing

Genres: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Crime, and Fiction

Part of: Head of Zeus > Aria Publishing

Location: London, GB

Website: https://ariafiction.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Ladies' Midnight Swimming Club

Faith Hogan

One Last Greek Summer

Mandy Baggot

The Girl from Vichy

Andie Newton

Shepheard-Walwyn

Genres: Academic, Biographies & Memoirs, Business, Children's, Christian, Economics, Education & Reference, Environmental, Historical Fiction, History, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Religion & Spirituality

Location: London, GB

Website: https://shepheardwalwyn.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposal or manuscript submission - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking

Phillip J. Anderson

Taken For a Ride: 2nd Edition

Don Riley with Fred Harrison

The Corruption of Economics: 2nd Edition

Mason Gaffney and Fred Harrison

Northodox Press

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, LGBTQ+, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Urban Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Young Adult

Location: Manchester, GB

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

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Partial manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Clockwork Magpies

Emma Whitehall

Out of Human Sight

Sophie Parkes

Airedale

Dylan Byford

Claret Press

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Jewish Literature, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Novella, Politics, Thriller & Suspense, Travel, and Women's Fiction

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.claretpress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book queries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Black Tea

Stephen Morris

Daisy Chain

Justine Gilbert

Opera

Julie Anderson

One More Chapter

Genres: Women's Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, and Fiction

Part of: HarperCollins > One More Chapter

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.onemorechapter.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The English Wife

Adrienne Chinn

A Sunset in Sydney

Sandy Barker

Summer Island

Natalie Normann

Sapere Books

Genres: Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Location: London, GB

Website: https://saperebooks.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Dagger Dance

Elizabeth Bailey

The Fallen Eagles

Geoffrey Davison

Death in Delft

Graham Brack

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

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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