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Best Book Publishing Companies in Seattle

Showing 21 publishers that match your search.

Blind Eye Books

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Romance, LGBTQ+, Diverse Literature, and Fiction

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://www.blindeyebooks.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

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Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Bellingham Mysteries

Nicole Kimberling

Swift and the Black Dog

Ginn Hale

Nothing But Good

Kess McKinley

Copper Canyon Press

Genres: Literary Fiction and Poetry

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/

Accepts unagented submissions


Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Book of Questions

Pablo Neruda

Crushing It

Jennifer L. Knox

Water I Won't Touch

Kayleb Rae Candrilli

Amazon Crossing

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, BIPOC, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, and Nonfiction

Part of: Amazon Publishing > Amazon Crossing

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/amazon-crossing.html

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea

Masaji Ishikawa

A Drop of Midnight

Jason Diakité

The Dead Wander in the Desert

Rollan Seisenbayev

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Amazon Crossing Kids

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, BIPOC, Children's, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Middle Grade, Narrative Nonfiction, and Nonfiction

Part of: Amazon Publishing > Amazon Crossing Kids

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/amazon-crossing-kids.html

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
A Sari for Ammi

Mamta Nainy

The Night Raven

Johan Rundberg

Piece by Piece

David Aguilar & Ferran Aguilar

Amazon Original Stories

Genres: Nonfiction, Novella, and Short Story

Part of: Amazon Publishing > Amazon Original Stories

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/amazon-original-stories.html

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Emergency Skin

N.K. Jemisin

My Evil Mother

Margaret Atwood

The Bookstore Sisters

Alice Hoffman


Genres: Feminism and LGBTQ+

Part of: Amazon Publishing > TOPPLE Books

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/topple-books.html

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles

Melissa Faliveno

Raising Them

Kyl Meyers

I Have Always Been Me

Precious Brady-Davis

Thomas & Mercer

Genres: Mystery & Crime and Thriller & Suspense

Part of: Amazon Publishing > Thomas & Mercer

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/thomas-mercer.html

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Eighth Sister

Robert Dugoni


Patricia Cornwell

Lost Hills

Lee Goldberg


Genres: Fantasy and Science Fiction

Part of: Amazon Publishing > 47North

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/47north.html

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

Meg Elison

The Vine Witch

Luanne G. Smith

The Queen's Poisoner

Jeff Wheeler

Jet City Comics

Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels

Part of: Amazon Publishing > Jet City Comics

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/jet-city-comics.html

Accepts unagented submissions


Mid size

💥 Hit titles
The Hedge Knight

George R. R. Martin and Ben Avery

Frontlines: Requiem

Marko Kloos and Ivan Brandon

Girl Over Paris

Gwenda Bond and Kate Leth

Lake Union Publishing

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Nonfiction

Part of: Amazon Publishing > Lake Union Publishing

Location: Seattle, US

Website: https://amazonpublishing.amazon.com/montlake

Accepts unagented submissions


💥 Hit titles
In Farleigh Field

Rhys Bowen

In An Instant

Suzanne Redfearn

Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Glendy Vanderah

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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