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Best Science Fiction Book Publishing Companies in UK

Showing 11 publishers that match your search.

Titan Books

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs, Manga, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Short Story

Part of: Titan Publishing Group > Titan Books

Location: London, GB

Website: https://titanbooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Hall of Smoke

H. M. Long

The Archive of the Forgotten

A. J. Hackwith

Witherward

Hannah Mathewson

Jo Fletcher Books

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, and Fiction

Part of: Quercus Books > Jo Fletcher Books

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.jofletcherbooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Highfire

Eoin Colfer

The Beautiful Ones

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Radio Life

Derek B. Miller

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

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Flame Tree Press

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery & Crime, and Fiction

Part of: Flame Tree Publishing > Flame Tree Publishing

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.flametreepress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Nirvana Effect

Brian Pinkerton

The Searching Dead

Ramsey Campbell

A Savage Generation

David Tallerman

Grimbold Books

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, Novella, and Short Story

Location: London, GB

Website: https://www.grimboldbooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Fight Like a Girl

Roz Clark & Joanne Hall

Strange Creation

Frances Kay

Autonomy

Jude Houghton

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

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

Tartarus Press

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, and Short Story

Location: London, GB

Website: http://www.tartaruspress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries & book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Loney

Andrew Michael Hurley

Mercy and Other Stories

Rebecca Lloyd

The Tallow-Wife

Angela Slatter

Solaris Books

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Fiction

Part of: Rebellion Publishing > Solaris Books

Location: Oxford, GB

Website: https://rebellionpublishing.com/imprint/solaris/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Signal to Noise

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Europe At Midnight

Dave Hutchinson

The Liar of Red Valley

W. L. Goodwater

Luna Press Publishing

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Fiction, Short Story, and Children's

Location: Edinburgh, GB

Website: https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
One Cog Turning

Anthony Laken

The Forever Man

Allen Stroud

Steampunk Writers Around the World

Josué Ramos et al

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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