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Publishers Shmublishers: A List for YOU

So, there you have it. There are some publishers out there who will not take unsolicited manuscripts and there are some who LOVE to try out new authors. Then, there are some in between, such as Albert Whitman who touts that they will look at all unsolicited manuscripts, but then lets your submission sit in a submittable on-line database until you've forgotten what you wrote about six or eight months later. Then, they won't even give you an answer until you become so frustrated, enough, that they will make you want to delete your submission--which is what I actually did.

The "BIG" publishers are those whose authors are destined for NY Times Best Sellers. You can't even send them an e-mail--just to ask how their day is going; they don't respond. Zero. Zilch. Empty set. I wonder if they respond to their own mothers.

Don't even think of sending them your book idea or manuscript to them, either. You will never be allowed to get in touch with them. I think your e-mail account will actually explode. Mine almost did.

Penguin/Random House, Simon & Schuster, and so many other "big names" don't care about what you write. Why? Why is this? Because of agents? Because of politics? Because of volume? I'm not scorned because I've tried to chigger in to their underground network: I'm just inquiring. The funnier thing is that I work for a book company where these very same publishers actually work with us through a partnership! They want their books sold in all possible channels.

Going the agent route is just as tough. I reached out to 100+ agents, after researching them for months, only to find that they are looking for something that is platinum, not gold. I thought gold had a pretty good street value?

It's s tough business, but an enjoyable one . . . Don't get me wrong. You can self-publish anything nowadays for pennies. Go for it. Whether you land a publisher who will accept your manuscript or you self publish your own work, the REAL work begins when you actually have to MARKET your book--which is a full time job, in itself. I'll save that for a different blog. Until then, keep writing and go after all of the great publishers out there who will give new authors a shot! There are tons of them. Also, make sure you sell at least two copies of your work: one to your mom (hopefully) and one that you buy on Amazon (even without an author discount) . . . just so you can tame the amazon rankings at least for one day! Below is a list of publishers who will accept unsolicited manuscripts. Make sure you read their website guidelines closely so you know what they are looking for and what they aren't looking for.

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Publishers that Take Unsolicited, Online Submissions


Stay Thirsty/Sullivan and Stokes


Harper (Witness Impulse)



Sky Pony Press

Wee Creek Press

Sweet Cherry

Saddleback Press


Mighty Media Press

On-Stage Publishing

Rocking Horse Publishing

Joshua Tree/Centaur


Summerland Publishing

Nosy Crow

Immortal Ink

Distinguished Press

Pen L

Handprint Books

Chicago Review Press

Fat Fox

Hot Key Books

MB Publishing

Sunbury Press

Allen & Unwin (Friday Pitch)


Lands Atlantic

Cedar Fort

Steel Pen

Little Pickle Press

Grove Creek Publishing


Yorkshire Publishing

David Fickling Books

Strident Publishing

Crooked Cat

Pants on Fire Press

Dinosaur Books

Twilight Times Books

Austin Macauley

Olympia Publishing


John Hunt Publishing

Diversion Press

J. Kingsley

Quirk Books

Book Fish


Kane Miller Publishing

Cider Mill Press

Medallion Media

Penguin Ireland

Brandylane Publishers

Winter Goose Publishing

Wipf and Stock

Destiny Image

Leafwood Publishers

Allen & Unwin



Wyatt & MacKenzie

Jollyfish Press

Oneworld Publishing

Persea Books

Black and White Publishing

Persnickety Press

Starfish Bay Press

Publishers that Take Unsolicited U.S. Postal Submissions ONLY

Woodbine Press

Chronicle Books


Peach Tree Publishing


Arthur Levine

River Road Press

Bright Sky Press

Algonquin Young Readers

Boyds Mills

Dial (Penguin)


Holiday House

Meadow Brook Press

Anderson Press


Little Tiger (Stripes Publishing)

Clarion (HMH)

Absey and Company

New Page Books

Square One

Wm. B. Eerdmans

Smyth & Helwys

Faith Walk Publishing

Prometheus Books

Tau Publishing

Larson Publications

Kids Can Press

Academic/Non-Fiction Publishers


Rowman & Littlefield

Solution Tree

Cambria Press


Guilford Publications

Crown House Publishers (UK)


SUNY Press


Information Age Publishing

Non-Fiction and/or Christian Publishers

Baker Publishing Group

Beacon Press

Red Wheel Weiser

Barbour Publishing

Double Edge Press

Crosslink Publishing

Findhorn Press

Crossroad Publishing

Bancroft Press


Electio Publishing

DeVorss & Company

New City Press

HCI Books

Abingdon Press

Ave Maria Press

Motivational Press

New World Library

Adams Media

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