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Best Book Publishing Companies in Nashville

Showing 8 publishers that match your search.

Turner Publishing

Genres: Self-Help, Business, Young Adult, History, Romance, Mystery & Crime, Cookbook, Health & Wellbeing, Art, Nonfiction, and Fiction

Location: Nashville, US

Website: https://www.turnerpublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions


Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Emperor's Sword

Andrew Klavan

One Stupid Thing

Stewart Lewis

My Mistress' Eyes Are Raven Black

Terry Roberts

Uproar Books

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fiction

Location: Nashville, US

Website: http://uproarbooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles

Jamie Thomas

Always Greener

J. R. H. Lawless


Violet Lumani

Harpeth Road Press

Genres: Romance and Women's Fiction

Location: Nashville, US

Website: https://www.harpethroad.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Christmas Letters

Jenny Hale

Butterfly Sisters

Jenny Hale

The Holiday Plan

Emma Lynden

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Thomas Nelson

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

Part of: HarperCollins > HarperCollins Christian > Thomas Nelson

Location: Nashville, US

Website: https://www.thomasnelson.com/

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Where Goodness Still Grows

Amy Peterson & Lauren Winner

Death by Living

N.D. Wilson

How Did I Get Here?

Christine Caine


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

Part of: Hachette > Hachette Nashville > Faithwords

Location: Nashville, US

Website: https://www.faithwords.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power

T. D. Jakes

Healing the Soul of a Woman

Joyce Meyer

The Shack

William P. Young

The Upper Room

Genres: Christian, Nonfiction, and Children's

Location: Nashville, US

Website: https://upperroombooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Small press

💥 Hit titles
A Bead and A Prayer

Kristen E. Vincent

What Loss Can Teach Us

Beth Taulman Miller

Ready, Set, Plant

Bener Agtarap & Curtis Brown

B&H Publishing Group

Genres: Christian, Nonfiction, and Children's

Part of: Southern Baptist Convention > Lifeway > B&H Publishing Group

Location: Nashville, US

Website: https://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Love Dare

Alex Kendrick & Stephen Kendrick

Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want

Maria Goff

Who Sang the First Song?

Ellie Holcomb

Abingdon Press

Genres: Christian and Nonfiction

Part of: United Methodist Publishing House > Abingdon Press

Location: Nashville, US

Website: https://www.abingdonpress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Looking for God in Messy Places

Jake Owensby

Not Forsaken

Chris Mcnair

Come Back

Roger Ross

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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