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Best Book Publishing Companies in Philadelphia

Showing 16 publishers that match your search.

Quirk Books

Genres: DIY, Cookbook, History, Horror, Humor, Mystery & Crime, Politics, Sports & Outdoors, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, True Crime, Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Fiction, Children's, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Novella

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://www.quirkbooks.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Queries & manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Seth Grahame-Smith

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

Geekerella

Ashley Poston

Autumn House Press

Genres: Literary Fiction, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://www.autumnhouse.org/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries & contests - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
No One Leaves the World Unhurt

John Foy

American Home

Sean Cho A.

speculation, n.

Shayla Lawz

Casemate Publishers

Genres: History and Politics

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://www.casematepublishers.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777

Michael C. Harris

Power Up

Steven Leonard, Jonathan Klug, Kelsey Cipolla, and Jon Niccum

Battle Scars

Chip Reid

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Brookline Books

Genres: Art, Cookbook, History, and Sports & Outdoors

Part of: Casemate Publishers > Brookline Books

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://www.brooklinebooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Bergdoll Boys

Timothy W. Lake

Dark History of Penn's Woods

Jennifer L. Green

The Darby School of Art

Mark W. Sullivan

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Genres: Medical, Psychology, Health & Wellbeing, Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Nonfiction, and Children's

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://intl.jkp.com/usa/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
How To Be Ace

Rebecca Burgess

Understanding and Supporting Children with Literacy Difficulties

Valerie Muter

Challenging Perfectionism

Dawn Starley

Ascension Press

Genres: Catholic and Nonfiction

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://ascensionpress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Pocket Guide to Adoration

Josh Johnson

The Catechist's Field Guide to Confirmation

Colin MacIver

Pray, Decide, and Don't Worry

Bobby Angel & Jackie Angel

Boyds Mills Press

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

Part of: Astra Publishing House > Boyds Mills & Kane > Boyds Mills Press

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://boydsmillsandkane.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
View from Pagoda Hill

Michaela MacColl

Little Scoot

Rebecca Dotlich

Grow

JoAnn Early Macken, Stephanie Fizer Colman

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Genres: Education & Reference, Math & Science, Academic, and Nonfiction

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://www.siam.org/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Nonnegative Matrix Factorization

Nicolas Gillis

Harmonic Analysis and Applications

John Benedetto

Data Clustering: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications, Second Edition

Guojun Gan et al

F.A. Davis

Genres: Medical and Nonfiction

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://www.fadavis.com

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Michlovitz's Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention

James W. Bellew et al

Communication & Ethics for Bodywork Practitioners

Patricia Holland & Sandra Anderson

Understanding Anatomy & Physiology: A Visual, Auditory, Interactive Approach

Gale Sloan Thompson

Sunbury Press Books

Genres: Self-Help, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Art, Sports & Outdoors, Politics, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Education & Reference, Nonfiction, and Fiction

Location: Philadelphia, US

Website: https://www.sunburypress.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Ghost of the Past

Mark Mitten

Happiness is in the Kitchen

Giulio Alberoni

Capital Murder

Chris Papst

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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