Looking to publish? Meet your dream editor, designer and marketer on Reedsy.

Find the perfect editor for your next book

1 million authors trust the professionals on Reedsy. Come meet them.

DIRECTORY

Best Book Publishing Companies in Washington DC

Showing 7 publishers that match your search.

Amana Publications

Genres: Islam and Nonfiction

Location: Washington DC, US

Website: http://www.amanapublications.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Al-Maqasid

Nuh Ha Mim Keller

The Origins of the Concepts of Shi'ism and Sunnism

Spahic Omer

A Concise Introduction to Islam

Jerald F. Dirks

La Femme Fatale Publishing

Genres: Urban Fiction, African-American, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, and Fiction

Location: Washington DC, US

Website: https://lffpublishing.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Diamond in the Rough

Skye Warren

Rush

Shaheta Pickett

Breeze Bye

Tanisha Bowman

The Cartel Publications

Genres: Urban Fiction, African-American, Diverse Literature, BIPOC, and Fiction

Location: Washington DC, US

Website: https://www.thecartelpublications.com/

Diversity: Diverse Literature, BIPOC

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Kali: Raunchy Relived

T. Styles

Madjesty vs. Jayden

Toy Styles

The House That Crack Built

Kim Medina

Looking for an editor to polish your query letter?

The best professionals are already on Reedsy, come meet them. Create your free account to request free quotes today.

Learn more about the Reedsy Marketplace.

The Word Among Us Press

Genres: Catholic and Nonfiction

Part of: Word Among Us, Inc > The Word Among Us Press

Location: Washington DC, US

Website: https://wau.org/

Accepts unagented submissions

No

Small press

💥 Hit titles
The Catholic Grandparents Handbook

Lorene Hanley Duquin

The Busy Person's Guide to Prayer

Deacon Greg Kandra

Pope Francis Speaks to Families

The Word Among Us Press

Black Classic Press

Genres: African-American, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, BIPOC, Diverse Literature, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Location: Washington DC, US

Website: http://www.blackclassicbooks.com/

Diversity: BIPOC, Diverse Literature

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
Literary Garveyism

Tony Martin

African Fundamentalism

Tony Martin

The Graphomaniac's Primer: a Semi-Surrealist Memoir

Walter Mosley

MB Publishing

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

Location: Washington DC, US

Website: https://mbpublishing.com/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Manuscript entries - View guidelines →

Indie publisher

Small press

💥 Hit titles
No Naptime for Janie!

Margie Blumberg

Breezy Bunnies

Margie Blumberg

A Home for Hope!

Margie Blumberg, Renée Andriani

American Psychiatric Publishing

Genres: Medical, Psychology, and Nonfiction

Location: Washington DC, US

Website: https://www.appi.org/

Accepts unagented submissions

Yes Book proposals - View guidelines →

Mid size

💥 Hit titles
Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment

Kathleen T. Brody et al

Study Guide to Introductory Psychiatry

Jordan G. Cates & Donald W. Black

The American Journal of Psychiatry

Ned H. Kalin

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.

Free online materials

Reedsy | Default — New Style | 2023-10

Bring your publishing dreams to life

The world's best editors, designers, and marketers are on Reedsy. Come meet them.

Reedsy Marketplace UI

1 million authors trust the professionals on Reedsy. Come meet them.

Enter your email or get started with a social account: