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Best Photography Book Publishing Companies

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TouchWood Editions

Genres: Art, Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Cookbook, History, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Travel, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Nonfiction, Short Story, and Fiction

Part of: Heritage Group > TouchWood Editions

Location: Vancouver, CA

Website: https://www.touchwoodeditions.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Distilleries of Vancouver Island

Marianne Scott

Show Me the Honey

Dave Doroghy

The Little Prairie Book of Berries

Sheryl Normandeau

Chronicle Books

Genres: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Cookbook, Photography, Art, DIY, Architecture, Self-Help, Health & Wellbeing, Travel, Humor, Diverse Literature, Children's, and Nonfiction

Location: San Francisco, US

Website: https://www.chroniclebooks.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
From Crook to Cook

Snoop Dogg

Dolly Parton, Songteller

Dolly Parton & Robert K. Oermann

Men to Avoid in Art and Life

Nicole Tersigni

Yale University Press

Genres: Academic, Photography, Art, Math & Science, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Business, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Religion & Spirituality, African-American, Law, and Nonfiction

Location: Hartford, GB

Website: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries & book proposals - View guidelines →

University press

💥 Hit titles
Atlas of AI

Kate Crawford

Reimagining Time

Tanya Bub & Jeffrey Bub

Radical Vision

Soyica Diggs Colbert

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ORO Editions

Genres: Academic, Architecture, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Environmental, Historical Fiction, History, Math & Science, Nonfiction, Photography, Picture Book, Poetry, Politics, Psychology, Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, Technology, and Travel

Location: San Francisco, US

Website: https://oroeditions.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Timeless

Patrick Ahearn

Manual of Biogenic House Sections

Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis

Emergent Tokyo

Jorge Almazán

Quattro Books

Genres: Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Art, Photography, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Novella

Location: Toronto, CA

Website: http://quattrobooks.ca/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Homeless

Jane Bow

Between Rothko and 3 Windows

Corrado Paina

The Escape Artist

Anita Kushwaha

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

Heritage House

Genres: Art, Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Math & Science, Travel, Sports & Outdoors, True Crime, Humor, Nonfiction, and Children's

Part of: Heritage Group > Heritage House

Location: Vancouver, CA

Website: https://www.heritagehouse.ca/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Railways Nation: Tales of Canadian Pacific

David Laurence Jones

Scallywag on the Salish Sea

Sara Cassidy

Wagon Road North

Art Downs

Citadel Press

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business, Cookbook, DIY, Education & Reference, Health & Wellbeing, History, Humor, Medical, Environmental, Photography, Religion & Spirituality, Math & Science, Self-Help, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, True Crime, Technology, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and Nonfiction

Part of: Kensington Publishing > Citadel Press

Location: New York City, US

Website: https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Diana Ross: a Biography

Randy Taraborrelli

The Bilderberg Conspiracy: Inside the World's Most Powerful Secret Society

H. Paul Jeffers

She's Gone Bridal!

Liz Razin

Harper's Books

Genres: Photography and Nonfiction

Location: New York City, US

Website: https://www.harpersbooks.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Sculptor 1996

Carl Andre

Sign of the Times

Fiona Cartledge

The Mirror Paintings

Roy Lichtenstein

Quarto Creates

Genres: Art, Photography, and Nonfiction

Part of: Quarto Group > Quarto Creates

Location: London, GB

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

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
If You Can Cut, You Can Collage

Hollie Chastain

The Design of Dissent, Expanded Edition

Mirko Ilić & Milton Glaser

Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing

Joanna Henly

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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