32 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

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Send me to a publisher.  Send me. Send me. I’m ready!

“27 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts” by Joan Y. Edwards

I used to have 18 publishers listed. On August 17, 2014 I updated it to 27. Today, February 22, 2015 I updated it with 32 publishers plus a link to the Poets & Writers Database for small publishers of poetry, who may also do creative non-fiction (memoirs). I may add new ones every now and then without changing the title. Thanks for reading my blog.


It’s okay if in the past you didn’t submit your work, as many times as you desired. Forget about the past. Right now is a different time. Focus on this month. Check the guidelines for the publisher you’ve chosen. Look at the books they published. Do you like the illustrations on the covers? Are the books appealing to you?

If you’re like me, one of your finished works says, “Send me to a publisher. Send me. Send me. I’m ready!” about 3 times a day (See picture above). It’s waited anxiously for submission for days, months, or years. Now is the time to send your manuscript to a publisher. How can you turn down your sweet manuscript?

You’ve decided to do it now. Hurray! It’s important to follow the very latest guidelines on the publisher’s website. Does this publisher accept unsolicited manuscripts?  Do they want paper or online submissions? Are there certain months, they don’t accept submissions?

My finished manuscripts beg me constantly to submit them, so I made a list of all the publisher guidelines (current as of today’s post).  I shared the results with you below:


1. Baen Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines

Baen Books is a science fiction and fantasy publisher. It accepts unsolicited manuscripts for all books and prefers electronic submissions through its manuscript-submission form. Baen is very accepting of new authors and has a large e-publishing department.


2. Dark Chapter Press (Adults) Submission Guidelines

Dark Chapter Press is currently open for submissions from unsolicited manuscripts of short stories and novellas in the horror genre.

3. DAW Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines

DAW Books is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Penguin Books. It accepts unsolicited manuscripts and prefers them in paper form. It will respond in about three months and will not consider simultaneous submissions.

4. Dream Big Publishing (Adult Novels and Short Stories) Submission Guidelines

Dream Big Publishing is looking for fiction works. Full length novels – 20,000  words and up, 120,000 + words, if applicable for the work, may be split into separate novels.  Short stories are acceptable. No non-fiction.

– Romance
– Historical
– Dystopian
– Paranormal
– Fantasy- Werewolf / shifter

5. Joffe Books (Adult Novels) Submission Guidelines

  • Thrillers, Mysteries, Detective, Romance, Horror, Suspense, and Literary Fiction are favorite genres
  • Great books which say something interesting about the world as you see it
  • We prefer full-length novels

6. Kensington Publishing Corporation Submission Guidelines

Zebra:  Kensington’s flagship imprint publishes nationally bestselling women’s fiction, romantic suspense and bestselling historical, paranormal and contemporary romances.

Brava:  Publishes popular contemporary romances.

Pinnacle:  Publishes bestselling thrillers, westerns, horror and true crime titles.  Among Pinnacle’s western bestselling authors is William W. Johnstone, the country’s most popular western writer.

Citadel is Kensington’s non-fiction imprint.  Citadel publishes acclaimed memoirs and books about popular culture, past and present.

Aphrodisia:  Launched in January 2006, Aphrodisia publishes an extremely diverse and popular line of erotic romances, ranging from historical, to paranormal, contemporary, ménage, bdsm, and more.  Quality writing, a fascinating variety of sexual relationships, and a willingness to push the boundaries of explicit content far beyond those of traditional romance is what Aphrodisia offers the adventuresome reader.

Dafina:  Launched in the fall of 2000, Dafina is the leading publisher of commercial fiction written by and about people of African descent.  The word Dafina, which is Swahili for an unexpected gift or treasure, reflects the imprint’s mission:  to share the gift of storytelling.  Dafina Books has established itself as a publishing home for dynamic stories for adults in genres as diverse as women’s fiction, street lit, romance, and inspirational fiction.  In 2006 Dafina expanded its program to include books for teens.  Dafina Books publishes over eighty books a year in hardcover, trade paperback, mass market and eBook.

KTeen Kensington:  Launched in the spring of 2011, Kensington Kteen focuses on publishing a wide variety of exciting, commercial teen fiction with positive messages, cutting-edge stores and all the drama, humor, and fantasy teens love.

KTeen Dafina: Under the imprint Dafina Kteen we publish romance, mystery, paranormal, and street lit for teen readers.

  Launched in the summer of 2012, eKensington is a digital imprint that publishes in many genres, including:  women’s fiction, romance, urban fantasy, thrillers and mystery among others. eKensington offers a new platform for Kensington’s established authors and a fresh way to launch authors and introduce readers to burgeoning new talents in all their favorite genres.

Rebel Base Books: 
Not for dudes only!  But guys really seem to dig these manly books, which gleefully push the limits of taste, humor, and snarkiness.

Lyle Stuart Books: 
Learn how to win at poker, blackjack, and more with advice from the pros, including Gus Hansen, John Vorhaus, and Lou Krieger.

Holloway House: Holloway House publishes legendary street lit fiction that has set the standard for the genre.
They feature material that is both edgy and provocative in any era.

Lyrical Press: Founded in 2007 by Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press offers readers a rich catalog of titles ranging from tender contemporary romances and edgy erotic paranormals to suspenseful thrillers and shocking science fiction. Authors can expect a personalized publishing experience from Lyrical Press, where the relationship between the author and publisher is understood to be symbiotic. When the authors succeed, the house succeeds.

7. NCM Publishing (Adults) (Marketing Plan)

NCM Publishing publishes all genres of fiction, non-fiction, self-help and young adult fiction.


8. Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications

Science Fiction and Fantasy

9. XOXOX Press (Adults)

Book Types: Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir, Poetry collections

Adults and Children

10. August Books (Adults and Children)

Adult books about storytelling and collections of folktales.

Children’s books – Original folktales

11.  Chronicle Books (Adults and Children)

Chronicle Books were not recommended by Preditors and Editors. I think it wise to research the internet for complaints and decide  for yourself before placing judgment.

12. Free Spirit Publishing (Adults and Children) (Marketing Plan)

Free Spirit Publishing publishes high-quality nonfiction books and learning materials for children, teens, parents, educators, counselors, and others who live and work with young people.

13.  MuseItUp Publishing (Adults and Children)

Romance – everything from: romantic comedy, contemporary romance, fantasy romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, western romance, sweet romance, sci-fi romance, time travel romance

Paranormal – Fantasy –  we love vampires, ghosts, witches, werewolves and shape shifters…and dragons

Mystery – Suspense -Thriller – captivate us with the pacing of your novel. Hint: we love cozy mysteries

Young Adult – we’re big fans of the Potter & Twilight series but seeking a unique voice for this target group

MuseItYoung – this division is for our tween crossover chapter books for 10 – 14 year olds - NO PICTURE BOOKS

Horror & Dark Fiction – scare the living daylights out of us with your settings, dialogue, and characters – not with blood and gore and missing human parts. Use the power of your writer’s voice to draw images that will leave readers sitting at the edge of their seats.

Science Fiction – do you have a fantasy/romance/paranormal/etc. set in another planet? Fleshed out your otherly world? Then give us a shout.

14. Peachtree (Adults and Children)

For children’s picture books, send full manuscript.

For all others, send either full manuscript OR table of contents plus three sample chapters.

Peachtree does not accept query letters where no manuscript is included.

Peachtree currently publishes the following categories:

Children’s fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, middle readers, young adult books

Education, parenting, self-help, and health books of interest to the general trade

15. Peak City Publishing (Adults and Children) (Marketing Plan) -

Peak City Publishing is a fairly new publisher.

16.Ravenswood Publishing (formerly GMTA Publishing (Adults and Children)

Ravenswood Publishing is an e-book & print publishing business. 60% sales to GMTA; 40% sales to author.

They are  looking for adult fiction works. Full length novels – 30,000 words and up, 120,000 + words, if applicable for the work, may be split into two separate novels.

They do not publish children’s picture books.

They do publish chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult novels.

17. S and H Publishing (Adults-Contemporary Women-Young Adult, New Adult) Submission Guidelines

Looking for talented writers. Small Press. quarterly marketing campaigns. Young Adult, New Adult, Adult Quality books for the contemporary woman…novels.


18. Sky Azure Publishing (Teen, Young Adult, Adult)

A small independent publisher based in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. We are a traditional royalty-paying publisher, accepting electronic submissions now from authors, irrespective of previous publication history or genre.

19. TOR Books (Adults and Children)

TOR Books accepts unsolicited manuscripts on a variety of subjects. It is looking mostly for paranormal romance, mainstream and women’s fiction, science fiction or fantasy, chapter books for children and young adults and horror.  They are also accepting non-fiction for their blogs.

20. Woodbine House (Adult and will consider Children) (Marketing Plan)

Mostly publishes books for parents of special needs, but said they would look at submissions for children’s books, too.


21. Albert Whitman & Company (Children) (Marketing Plan)

Picture book manuscripts for ages 2-8.

Novels and chapter books for ages 8-12.

Young adult novels.

Nonfiction for ages 3-12 and YA.

Art samples showing pictures of children.

22. Boyds Mills (Children) Can’t find an updated listing of guidelines. I’ll contact them and see.

Boyds Mills is a publisher of children’s and young adult books that accepts unsolicited manuscripts. It is looking for fiction, nonfiction and artwork submissions. It prefers submissions by regular mail, rather that email, and says it will respond within three months.

23. Charlesbridge (Children)

Charlesbridge offers free activities and downloadable items:  http://www.charlesbridge.com/client/client_pages/downloadables.cfm

24. Curious Fox (Children)

Curious Fox does not publish picture books

25. Dawn Publications (Children) (Marketing Plan)

Dawn publishes “nature awareness” titles for adults and children. Our picture books are intended to encourage an appreciation for nature and a respectful participation in it. We are seeking to inspire children as well as educate them. An inspired child is a motivated

26. Flashlight Press (Children)

Flashlight accepts only picture books.

27. Kindred Rainbow Publishing (Children)

Books that show how children are equal. For instqnd3, how even though a child’s family is different, he is equal and like others.

Email: submissions@kindredrainbow.com

28. Lee & Low Books (Children of Color)

Lee & Low Books publishes books for children and young adults with a multicultural theme. All manuscripts must be aimed at children of color, with an authentic voice. They accept submissions from new authors through regular mail. They accept no email submissions.

29. Phoenix Yard Books, UK (Children)

Phoenix Yard Books publish picture books, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and illustration for children aged three to thirteen.

30. Saguaro Books, LLC (Middle and Young Adult)

is a publisher of middle grade and young adult fiction by first-time authors. They also accept unsolicited manuscripts.  .

31. Tall Tails Publishing House (Children)

Small independent children’s press, Krystal Russell, Phone: 918-770-9923,

Non-fiction: writing guides and reference books; biographies of (often overlooked) historical figures; accounts of historical events using primary sources, especially from a child’s POV, science and technology guides, tutorials, and reference materials

Fiction Chapter Books: legends, myths, or fairy tales—with a twist!; science fiction set in outer space; post-apocalyptic stories (remember the audience!), stories featuring multicultural or non-traditional family groups, especially during the holidays or special events; scary chapter books

32. Wee Creek Press (Children)

Children’s Picture Books (ages 3-7, 24 -32 pages)
These titles will be four-color, fully illustrated.

Middle Grade (ages 8-12, 10,000 – 40,000 words)
These titles may have limited illustrations in black and white.

Young Adult / Teens (ages 13-17, 40,000 – 80,000 words)
There are no illustrations with these titles.

Poets and Writers Small Presses Database:

Search for publishers who might publish poetry or collections of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, etc.

Children’s publisher – Guardian Angel Publishing - Open only during certain months

Thank you for reading. I hope this blog post helps you. Feel free to share a link with your friends. Here’ s a short link to this blog post: http://wp.me/pFnvK-1Hz. Good luck with all your writing endeavors and your life.

If you are looking for an agent, check out “18 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/18-literary-agents-who-are-looking-for-you/

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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Check these resources for names of other publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts:

Romance Publishers

  1. Karen Fox. “(Romance) Publishers:” http://www.karenafox.com/publishers.htm (worldwide)
  2. RTBookReviews. “Seven (Romance) Publishers Now Accepting Manuscripts:” http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/seven-publishers-now-accepting-manuscripts

Adults and Children

  1. Missouri.org. “Book Publishers in Missouri:” http://books.missouri.org/book/export/html/394
  2. Pauline Rowson. “(UK) Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Submissions:”  http://authorsonlineworkshop.blogspot.com/p/publishers-who-accept-unsolicited.html


  1. About.com. “Children’s Books: About Publishers and Getting Published:”http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/publishers/Publishers_and_Getting_Published.htm
  2. L. A. Speedwing. “Children’s Publisher Accepting Submissions (in UK):” http://laspeedwing.blogspot.com/2011/10/childrens-publishers-accepting.html
  3. Linda Williams. Webjunction.org. “Children’s Book Publishers:” http://www.webjunction.org/documents/connecticut/Children_039_s_Book_Publishers.html
  4. Lou Treleaven. “Children’s Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts:” http://loutreleaven.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/childrens-publishers-accepting-unsolicited-manuscripts/ lots of publishers listed – UPDATED MARCH 2013.

Resources for writing your manuscript and query letter:

Here’s a three-week plan to get your manuscript, query, cover letter, and/or proposal in gear. Week 4 gets you to celebrate and write another story.PubSub

Pub Subbers

Week 1 Send manuscript off for final critique before submission. Choose publisher or agent. Print Guidelines.

Week 2 Write pitch, query, cover letter, proposal, etc. to make a good impression.

Week 3 Proof read everything. Submit this week.

Week 4 Celebrate life. Write another story.

Believe in you and your writing. Submit your manuscript.

Your Manuscript and Query Letter

145 Responses

  1. Thank you for including 4RV Publishing.

    • Dear Vivian,
      You’re very welcome. 4RV Publishing is a quality publisher. I’m glad you are publishing “Joan’s Elder Care Guide.” I plan to send you other works, too.
      Celebrate you and your gift to writers and illustrators!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    • Can you submit to more than one publisher at once? Thanks for putting this list together?

      • Dear Rachel,
        Thank you for writing. It depends upon their guidelines. Some publishers accept simultaneous submissions and others request exclusive submissions. Tell them in your query or cover letter that “This is a simultaneous submission.”
        If it is an exclusive submission, I would give a time limit, for example: This is an exclusive submission until (date 3 months from now). After that, I will submit to other publishers.
        Three months should give them enough time.

        I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog. I enjoyed talking with you.

        Never Give Up

  2. Joan,
    What a great idea to list publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. I love the submission envelope and humorous character. He reminds me of “Mr. Peanut.”

    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad that you like my list of publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. It’s great that you love the submission envelope and humorous character that reminds you of “Mr. Peanut.” I thought it might work. I looked through my stash of images and found it. I tried to find one that called me to do something. One that looked like he was begging. I’m glad it worked for you.
      Celebrate you and all you have accomplished!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  3. Thank you for this wonderful listing of publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts. I shall bookmark this for future reference.

    • Dear Amelia,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you think the list of publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts is wonderful. What a nice compliment! I hope it empowers and motivates you to submit one of your manuscripts this month.

      Celebrate your gift of writing
      Submit your manuscript
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  4. You have done a great deal of work in order to produce this list. We all owe you a debt of gratitude, and it wouldn’t hurt to actually make a submission while we are at it. Thank you Joan!

    • Dear Katherine,
      Thanks for writing. You are right. I did do a great deal of work in order to produce the list. My other list and guidelines needed updating. I needed this updated list to send off manuscripts. If it helps you get a submission off, too that will be a double blessing.
      That’s what I’m hoping for, to help myself and others to get published.
      Celebrate you!
      Submit that manuscript
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  5. Thanks for this list. I’ll be sharing this with my classes.

    • Dear Carol,
      Thanks for writing. I’m honored that you’re going to share this post with your classes. That’ll be great. Perhaps it’ll give the students courage to send out their manuscripts.

      Celebrate you and your gift of sharing you knowledge and skills with your students!

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  6. Wow, this was generous for you to share. Thanks.

    • Dear Kristina,
      Thanks for your kind words. You’re welcome for my sharing. I hope it helps inspire you to submit your manuscript!

      Celebrate your gift of writing
      Submit One of Your Manuscripts
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  7. Thank you for this helpful information, Joan!

    • Dear Mary,
      Thank you for writing. You’re welcome. I’m glad you believe it’s helpful information.

      Celebrate your love of writing
      Submit your manuscript
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  8. What a helpful and excellent post, Joan! You are always so kind ton pass along valuable information. Interesting to see new publishers, too–!

    • Dear Maureen,
      Thank you for writing. I appreciate your compliment saying that it was a helpful and excellent post. I enjoy sharing with others. Celebrate you and your ability to make others feel great!

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  9. Joan, WOW! Another great one. How do you find the time???

    I’ll be sharing this.

    • Dear Karen Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. You are very loyal. I appreciate your reading my blog. Thanks for the compliment. I am glad it Wowed you. Thanks for sharing it.

      Celebrate you. Submit your manuscript. Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards

  10. Great list, Joan! I’d love to add your post to my Top Twos-Day…if you don’t mind, I’ll link to it! :)

    • Dear Roxie,
      Thank you for writing. I am glad that you like my post. I’d be honored for you to put a link to my post on your blog tomorrow. Celebrate you.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  11. Hi Joan,
    Thanks for sharing this worthy post.
    I’m curious as to why your Elder Care book won’t be out until 2015?
    Congratulations by the way. Very cool.
    Love the clipart. I’ll be saving this post for future reference. :-)

    • Dear Tracy,
      Thank you for writing and for saying my post is worthy. 4RV Publishing is a small publisher. They only had the money to publish a certain number of books a year. I knew it would be that long when I signed the contract. They are working to try to release it sooner.

      Celebrate your caring for others,
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  12. […] One of the blogs I subscribe to is my friend Joan Edwards’s NEVER GIVE UP site. A recent post caught my eye titled, 18 PUBLISHERS WHO ACCEPT UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS. This great resource is worth your time, not just for this piece, but she’s chock full of writing suggestions, encouragement, and support. Read more… […]

    • Dear Roxie,
      Thanks for posting a link to my post “18 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts” on your blog that is chock full of information for writers. I appreciate you very much. Celebrate your ability to bring people together.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  13. Hi Joan,
    Thank you again for such a good posting. I am thankful for you and all the work you do in checking out information for us and letting us know your condensed versions. They are most helpful to us who are new to the business and don’t know the terminology. I especially appreciate the publishers listing in this post.

    Bless you today, Barbara

    • Dear Barbara,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you found this post helpful to you. You are a great writer. I hope this list leads you to publishing home for your manuscript(s).

      Celebrate you and your love of people all over the world,
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  14. Thank you , Joan, for the gift of this list. I can’t wait to check these all out. You give me HOPE!!!

    • Dear Karen,
      Thank you for writing. You’re welcome for this post. I hope that two or three of these publishers inspire you to submit your work.

      Celebrate you and your wonderful sense of humor
      Never Give UP
      Joan Y. Edwards

  15. I published with Albert Whitman and can assert that it is a wonderful company. Everyone I worked with there was patient, professional, and completely devoted to children’s literature.

    • Dear Mike,
      Thank you very much for reading my blog and staying a while to leave a comment. I am so excited that you are published with Albert Whitman and assert that it is a wonderful company. It is wonderful that those you work with there are patient, professional, and completely devoted to children’s literature. Thanks for sending encouragement to me and all the readers of my blog. Hip Hip Hooray for those who fill us with hope. Good luck in finding publishers for all of your works.

      Celebrate you and your gift of compassion and understanding
      Never Give Uphttps://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?p=6545&approved=1#comments-form
      Joan Y. Edwards

      • Thanks for the kind words!

        Keep up the great work, Joan. I won’t be a stranger.

        • Dear Mike,
          Thanks for writing. I’m glad you’ll come back to my blog again. Thanks for honoring me that way. I appreciate the compliment.

          Celebrate you and your love of people!
          Never Give Up
          Joan Y. Edwards

  16. Joan, Thank you for your post, you always have wonderful and valuable information. You are always encouraging!

    • Dear Annamaria,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you believe the information I give is valuable. What a sweet compliment! Thank you.

      Celebrate your gift of writing humor
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  17. lucky that i found this. thanks.

    • Dear Richard,
      Thank you for writing and for following my blog. You’re welcome for the publishers list. I read a little of your biography on your blog. I taught school for 35 years. I understand some of the problems you faced as a teacher. I’m proud of you for pursuing your writing dreams. Celebrate you.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

      • thanks. that was very kind of you to take a moment to do that and to extend good wishes. and you may have seen, i’m working on a new novel, finishing chapter 10 today of a likely 30 total chapters, and a likely 85,000 words. i have five others finished, but i’m greatly intimidated about querying. it’s one of those things for which you have to just jump in the water. good luck to all of us.

        • Dear Richard,
          Thanks for writing me again. I am honored. Wow! You’ve done a bunch of writing. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it. I have a few blog posts to help with querying. The Pub Subber Week 1, 2, 3, will help you get it all in line. The tabs for those are at the top of my blog.
          Thanks for your good luck wishes for everyone. You are right. You have to jump in the water. Believe in yourself. You can do it.

          Celebrate you.
          Never Give Up
          Joan Y. Edwards

          • thanks. i wish i could hire someone to do the agent/query part and give them a percentage of whatever happens. just like you give an agent a percentage of whatever happens also.

            i wonder if anyone does that.

            • Dear Richard,
              Thanks for writing. What you want is a Pre-Agent? I agree that would be great. If you write your query right, you can be your own Pre-Agent. Pay yourself! That keeps the money in the family. I hope you liked my touch of humor here. Sometimes Literary Agencies have contests. Keep trying and believe in you and your writing!

              Celebrate your love of writing
              Take a chance on you.
              Never Give Up
              Joan Y. Edwards

              • a pre-agent. yeah, that’s what i want. ;) thanks for your encouragement.

  18. Dear Richard,
    It is fun to chat with you here. Do you think that writing a query letter for a random lucky person who would be a great prize to offer from my next blog post? It sounds like fun to me. Please let me know what you think?

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

  19. Thank you for this blog, not only informative, but inspiring.
    (Never giving up!)


    • Dear Marcia,
      Thank you for writing. I am glad that you believe my blog to be not only informative, but inspiring. I am glad you are Never Giving Up.
      I hope you’ll visit my blog again. Be sure and subscribe by email for a free gift.

      Celebrate you
      Joan Y. Edwards

  20. Were is the best place or website to send my written and typed story’s..plots manuscripts ?
    I am a creative writer…I’m always looking websites to send my notarized manuscripts

    • Dear Champ,
      Thanks for writing. I’ve been out of town. Thank you also for calling me. You don’t have to have your manuscripts notarized. Are you possibly talking about getting them copyrighted? Anything you write is copyrighted to you the minute you write it. Make sure you put the date on it and your name. I’d print a copy.

      Choose a publisher that matches the manuscript you’ve written. If it’s a manuscript for children, make sure the publisher accepts queries or manuscripts for that type of writing. If you have an agent, he will submit your work. Many writers do not have agents. I don’t yet. If I can help you more, please write again or call me again. I’ll be glad to see if I can help you more.

      Never Give Up
      Celebrate you
      Joan Y. Edwards

  21. Hello there! What a wonderful blog, I will be sure to subscribe. I am a young emerging author who has done a lot of reserach on getting an agent but I think its wise to spend more time writing. I try to write as much as possible and have had my manuscript peer reviewed as much as possible. I am almost done with my novel which is a romance-fantasy-thriller. Which company do you suggest I solicit do being that I don’t have an agent? Your insight is most appreciated.

    • Dear Maryam,
      Thank you very much for writing. I would submit it to a Romance Publisher. Make sure your ending is “they live happily ever after.”
      Look through the publishers listed who accept unsolicited manuscripts or other publishers who who are not on my list who accept unsolicited manuscripts. This means you do not need an agent.
      Good luck with your submission.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  22. Very interesting post. I thought that you’d also be interested in a new publishing house as well. People can submit short stories, poetry, art, or editorials to us at Brine Books Publishing or BrineBooks.com

    We are actively seeking for submissions and are doing our best to raise awareness so as to raise funds for human rights organizations and charities around the world

    • Dear Admin at Brine Books Publishing,
      Thank you for writing. I will check out your website. Do you pay royalties like traditional publishers?

      Celebrate you and all you do to help others.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

      • Unfortunately we cannot afford to pay royalties at this time, as a good portion of our funds go toward the non-profits and charities including of what would normally go toward us — the publishers.
        As we grow, however, we hope to be capable of offering programs to help writers as we can afford to do so. But to make up for this, we require no exclusivity and wish to find ways to talk up and promote anyone that contributes. And we don’t publish novels, as our business model would not be fair to those that submit if we did. We do not mind if writers take the work of theirs, after copyediting, and then resubmit elsewhere. It is our hope for writers to succeed in what they do.

  23. Looking for a publisher who will read an educational book that is written for adults. Both my husband and I are Special Education teachers and we have written a book that is about special needs children and the obstacles they have overcome. The book is fiction, but most of the events and techniques are not. We have used them in our classrooms and they work!

    Can’t seem to get a publisher to publish the work. Some have written back to us, after reading sample chapters, that the book is good, but not what they want. Others have ignored us. The e-book people are like vultures. They want a fee. We were willing to pay a fee, thought we found a reputable company,but the company turned out to be a complete scam. Fortunately, we got out without having to pay. We had to block a credit card and eventually cancelled the credit card.It could
    have been a lot worse.

    Any advice is welcome.

    • Dear Barbara and William Johnson,
      Thanks for writing. What a bummer that you haven’t been able to find a publisher for your book about special needs children and their obstacles. Try Woodbine House. Woodbine House mostly publishes books for parents of special needs, but said they would look at submissions for children’s books, too.
      http://www.woodbinehouse.com/submission_guide.asp and/or Jason and Nordic.


      Both of them publish books about and for special needs children.

      Good luck. Please let me know how it goes.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    • Hello,

      May I suggest trying Kindred Rainbow Publishing? They have accepted my book for publication, and without revealing too much, lets just say it is not your typical book for children :) Also they are not a vanity publisher so will not ask for any money from you either.

      Good luck with the search!



      • Dear Jo,
        Thank you very much for writing. I’ll check out Kindred Rainbow Publishing. Congratulations on the contract for the publication of your children’s book. Hurray for you and Kindred Rainbow Publishing. Their website is not up yet as of January 16, 2014. There is no information on Preditors and Editors that list good and not so good publishers. When I have more information, I will post it. I don’t know enough about them to recommend them.

        Good luck with your publication. Please keep me informed. Let me know how it goes with Kindred Rainbow Publishing.
        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards

      • Hi jo. I have had interest from kindred rainbow but couldn’t find any information from them online. Have they ever published anything before? Couldn’t find a single book they’ve published and so find it all a bit weird. Any info would be great!

        • Dear Liz,
          Someone else suggested Kindred Rainbow Publishing. It is a brand-new publisher. Their website is not even up yet. They are taking submissions. They are not listed on the Preditors and Editors list on line. Have a good lawyer read over your contract before you sign or Wait until you see what kind of quality books they are going to come out with. You will have to use your own personal judgment.

          Thanks for reading my blog and for writing.
          Joan Y. Edwards

  24. Dear Joan,
    Thank you so much for this list! I love the detail and the information! It has given me a little hope for submission!

    Thank you again,

    • Dear Laura,
      Thank you for writing. You are welcome for my list. I’m glad the 18 Publishers list has given you hope for submission and publication! Go, Laura, go.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  25. I am an illustrator interested do illustrations for children please look my works http://sajianim.blogspot.in/


    • Dear Sajianim,
      Thank you for writing. You’ll have to contact a publisher or agent for that. I listed these resources to help you find one that you believe will be interested in your work.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  26. […] or professional editor Week 4 Write, Revise, Critique, Live, Educate, Motivate, and Celebrate 18 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts 18 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You PubSub3rdFri on my website Certificates and Rain-Checks […]

    • Dear Dr. Bob,
      Thank you for interviewing me and putting a link to my post 18 Publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts.

      Never Give Up

  27. Thanks Joan, I really like your blog. It will help me in promoting my dreams to writing a nature awareness book. I will surely take a look at Dawns Publisher. Regards Kingsley

    • Dear Kingsley,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you really like my blog. Please let me know when you reach your dream of writing a nature awareness book. I wish you good luck in getting it published, too.

      Please let me know if there’s a topic you’d like for me to write about.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  28. Please add us to your list. We are SkyAzure Publishing, a small Independent Publisher based in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. We are a traditional royalty paying publisher, accepting electronic submissions now from authors, irrespective of previous publication history or genre. Submission guidelines and contact details are on our website at http://www.skyazure.co.uk

    • Thank you for sending me information to add you to my list of publishers who accept unsolicited submissions. On behalf of all writers, I appreciate you for giving unagented writers a chance.

      Celebrate you and what you do to help others.

      • Hi Joan. Thanks for featuring us on your revised list. It’s appreciated! We wish you well in all you do!

        • Dear Jack,
          Thank you for writing. You’re very welcome for my featuring SkyAsure Publishing on my revised list. It’s a good feeling to be appreciated.

          Thanks for your good wishes.
          Never Give Up

  29. hi, i have been trying to get a publisher to publish my collection of poems a 100 in total in my hometown kashmir which is ravaged by conflict, i want ppl to know about my land. but it seems to fall on deaf years.. any suggestions?

    • Dear Asad,
      I am sorry about the conflict in your hometown of Kashmir. I pray that the conflict is over soon and peace fill your hearts and those of others there. There are publishers who publish poetry collections.
      http://www.pw.org/small_presses – many of these small presses publish poetry. You’d have to read and follow their guidelines.

      Good luck to you.
      Thanks for writing.

      Never Give Up

  30. Reblogged this on Domica On Paper and commented:

    This is an invaluable list. I’ve already chosen 3 of the list to submit some of my work to. So helpful…. Enjoy:)

    • Dear Domica,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad that you believe my post with 18 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts is invaluable. What a nice compliment! I appreciate your reblogging it.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up

  31. Joan…I appreciate the information you provided to all of us aspiring writers. I’ve read each publisher’s submission criteria and will “never give up,” on my desire to be published. Many thanks.

    • Dear Carole,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad that you have found the information in 18 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts helpful to you. I am especially happy that you will “NEVER GIVE UP on your desire to get published. You’re very welcome.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give UP

  32. Here’s a letter I received from Krystal Russell Tall Tails Publishing Company
    Good evening Ms. Edwards,
    I came across your blog and thought your readers might be interested in submitting manuscripts to Tall Tails Publishing House. We’re a small independent children’s press, and we’re expanding our catalog with two new imprints this year. One is for non-fiction and reference, and the other is for fiction chapter books. I have included our wish list below, but other genres may be considered.
    Non-fiction and reference:
    • Writing guides and reference books
    • Biographies of (often overlooked) historical figures
    • Accounts of historical events using primary sources, especially from a child’s POV
    • Oklahoma history and biographies, especially from a child’s POV
    • Science and technology guides, tutorials, and reference materials
    Fiction Chapter Books:
    • Legends, myths, or fairy tales—with a twist!
    • Science Fiction set in outer space
    • Post-Apocalyptic stories (remember the audience!)
    • Stories featuring multicultural or non-traditional family groups, especially during the holidays or special events
    • Scary chapter books
    Our current response time is about six weeks, but if an author doesn’t hear from us in that time frame, they can send us an email. Please read our Submission Guidelines carefully before submitting.
    If you would like further information about Tall Tails Publishing House, please let me know.
    Thank you!

    Krystal Russell
    Tall Tails Publishing House



    tel: 918-770-9923

    • Here’s the letter I sent in reply:
      Dear Krystal,
      Thank you very much for sending me the information about Tall Tails Publishing House. I plan to do an update on my 18 publishers blogpost. I’ll add yours when I do.

      Celebrate you and all you do for readers and writers
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards
      My Books:
      Flip Flap Floodle, even mean ole Mr. Fox can’t stop this little duck
      Paperback, Kindle and Nook
      Joan’s Elder Care Guide, Release 2014 by 4RV Publishing

  33. I have written the 1st 4 chapters of a book. This is a book for teens and older.
    how do I get my book published? I know I can go through Amazon but I would rather not at this time.


    Tiffany Robinson

    • Dear Tiffany,
      Thank you for writing. I suggest that you finish your book and then submit it according to the guidelines of one of the publishers that is suitable on this blog post. Good luck.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

  34. I love people who share their research with others. My publisher, S & H Publishing, Inc. did not even exist when you wrote this, but we already have 6 authors and 15 quality books. We’d love to be included next time you talk about small presses. We are always looking for talented writers, and we never take money from our authors. We provide the advantages of having a publisher (like quarterly promotional campaigns) with the freedoms self-published authors love.
    Check us out: http://www.sandhpublishing.com

    • Dear S and H Publishing,
      Thank you for writing to let me know about your new publishing company. When I update my post, I’ll add yours. It’s good to know that you are there to help writers achieve their publication dreams! Thank you for doing that.

      Never Give Up

      • Thanks. I look forward to the update. :-)

        • Dear S and H Publishing,
          You are welcome. What is your first and last name so that I can reference you in my update? Thanks.

          • Dixiane Hallaj, Acquisitions Editor, S & H Publishing, Inc.
            You can reach me any time email books@sandhpublishing.com

            • Dear Dixiane,
              Thanks for replying so quickly to my request. Having your name for the update will make it more meaningful.

              Celebrate you and all you do to help others,
              Never Give Up

  35. Thanks Joan for all of the great information..

    • Dear Susan,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad the information is helpful to you!

      Never Give Up

  36. Im a four times published, 6 times approved,author sitting on 10 books id like to have published…. & an.additional recently written a childrens series I would like to have published & im still working on the other books that will be included in the series… About five books written at this time… I have very little money, & am autistic so I dont comprehend a whole lot, words end up running together… My series is titled the adventires of gator bait, then one book is about potty training, & another about learning to ride bikes ecs… The illistrations will need to be pictures drawn from actual photographs ive taken of gator (many displayed on http://www.wix.com/batorgait/pittbull-star) I use pictures of him, to create the adventure books which are dedicated to his life story…. Can I submit my manuscript online, by email or only by mail?

    Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android

    • Dear Misty,
      Thank you for writing. The guidelines of the publisher you choose for your submission will tell you whether to send your manuscript through email or snail mail. Good luck wtih the publication of your books.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

  37. Hi Joan, my startup Dark Chapter Press is currently open for submissions of short stories and novellas in the horror genre.

    I run monthly competitions too. I’m very much targeting unpublished authors, seeking to give them a start and we’ll grow together. With a friendly approach I’m hoping to make the process fun, straightforward and pain free if possible!

    • Dear Rob,
      Thank you for writing. Congratulations on your new publishing company. Thank you for setting out as a primary goal to help beginning writers get off to a good start. I checked out your website and guidelines. I’ll add your name to my list. Thank you for sharing your information with me. I am honored.

      Never Give Up

  38. Thank you for this post. I have just completed a manuscript on relationship advice for women, so I am definitely in need of a publishing house accepting unsolicited manuscripts. If that does not work out well, I will then review self publishing. However, I have faith the former will work to my favor.

    This post was worth reading. I am sure it took some time to complete, so I felt it was necessary to share my appreciation. Thank you once again. Would you recommend someone in one country, to submit to a publisher in another country? For instance, the writer resides in the UK, but the publisher is in the US.

    • Dear One Gentleman,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad that my list of publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts is going to help you. The shipping price for your books might be different. Emails drop the cost for communication except the actual contract. Internet sales will come from different countries.
      I’d say have a lawyer look at the contract. If you feel good about the contract and offer, perhaps it would lead to a publisher in your country noticing you and offer to purchase your next book.
      Good luck with your book. Celebrate.
      Never Give Up

      • I want to thank you yet again, for taking the time to create this post. Thanks for responding and providing insight into this subject. It’s a pleasure. Thanks

        • Dear One Gentleman,
          Thank you for writing. You are welcome. It is my pleasure to respond and provide insight to help you along the road to publication.

          Please write and let me know when it’s published and send me a link to it.

          Celebrate each step on the way
          Never Give Up

  39. Dear Joan,
    How lucky I am to find Joan Y. Edwards and the thoughtful work she shares with anyone interested in finding a publisher. Apparently you never give up! and I shall take that philosophy for my own. Now I can’t give up on checking out the guidelines and info on the fine list of many children’s publishers you have provided.

    How can I help you in return?

    • Dear Belva,
      Thank you very much for writing. I’m glad you have decided Never to Give Up! Hip Hip Hooray for you. Do check out the publishers I listed. I am happy to share them with you. If you would buy a copy of my book, Flip Flap Floodle, . That would honor be greatly. Or pray for me. I would appreciate that very much. And what would even make me smile from here to Australia is for you to tell me you found a publisher for your manuscript.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up

  40. We too accept unsolicited manuscripts, and we’re especially interested in high-quality detective mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels


  41. Dear Jasper,
    Thank you for writing. Thank you for accepting unsolicited manuscripts. I understand that you only publish Kindle versions of the books you accept. You have great covers and titles. Why is it called “Not So Noble Imprint.” Some people might not want to be associated with “not so noble.” Please explain.

    Look where you’ve come from
    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up

  42. Hi Joan,
    Thank you for your kind words. Yes at the moment we only publish kindle versions, which is something we’re very focused on, and expert at. I see that link no longer works, here is a better one: http://www.joffebooks.com/submissions/

    The original not so noble books, came from the idea of doing something less idealistic and more practical than we’d done before (being an artist in my case). We believe in wonderful authors and books, but we want to make sure they make some money, too!


    • Dear Jasper,
      What about changing it from not so noble to practical then. I think writers would want their work to be noble…Noble – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster …
      having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.)

      Just a Thought…

      I’ll add your company when I update the blogpost again. Thank you.


      • thanks Joan!

        • Dear Jasper,
          You are very welcome.

          Never Give Up

  43. Thanks for sharing. Very useful info. Much appreciated.

    • Dear David,
      You are very welcome. I hope it helps you get published!

      Never Give Up

  44. Reblogged this on Lizardyoga's People and commented:
    Reblogging this partly for my benefit but also for other writers out there

    • Dear Lizard Yoga’s People,
      Thank you for reblogging this on your blog! I appreciate it very much. That is true. We want to help as many writers as we can!

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up

      • You’re welcome. If there’s one thing every piece of advice I’ve ever heard has in common, it’s ‘don’t give up. Persevere. Keep going.’

        • Dear Lizard Yoda,
          Thanks for writing. I’m glad we agree that we should keep on going. I wish you energy, love, and acceptance to keep on going!

          Celebrate you.
          Never Give Up

          • Thanks, and to you. Was that a spellchecker who typed Lizard Yoda? i like that idea…

            • Dear Lizard Yoga,
              Thanks for letting me know about my spelling error. Lizard Yoda has a good ring to it, too. Now you have two appropriate names for yourself.

              Never Give Up

  45. Hey there,

    I am the owner of Dream Big Publishing. We are accepting submissions. We love these books in particular
    – Romance
    – Historical
    – Dystopian
    – EROTICA!!!!
    – Paranormal
    – ZOMBIE!!!
    – Fantasy- Werewolf / shifter

    But we are always open to other genre as well! You can check out our website @ http://dreambigpublishing.net

    We are open for NEW authors and well established authors. We take unsolicited and unagented and we accept agented authors as well.

    We’d love to hear from you.

    Thanks! Lindsey Owens, Dream Big Publishing

    • Dear Lindsey,
      Thank your for writing. It is great that you accept submissions from unsolicited and unagented authors.
      That is great news.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

  46. I have been feeling so lost as a writer, wondering when my moment will come and how long I will have to go on without doing what I love the most for a living. This gave me renewed hope and I know it is an answer to my prayers as to what is around the corner. I know many other fellow writers would’ve felt the same, but I don’t know how many of us would’ve put something like this out there. Thank you for your selfless act and may God bless your writing and make it more successful and fulfilling than you could have ever imagined!

    • Dear Lily,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad that my 27 Publishers post gave you renewed hope. I’m glad you believe it’s an answer to your prayers. Believe in you and your writing. Do what it takes to be a writer. Write. Believe in you. Write. Believe in you. Submit. Believe in you. Write. Believe in you. Submit. Tell everyone that you are a professional writer…an author of books that thousands of people want to read. Find the books or workshops to teach you the skills you need. Go for it!

      Celebrate you.
      The World Is Waiting to Read Your Words
      Never Give Up

  47. Hi what a wonderful idea to write down this list and all your tips, Thank you so much for your work!. I have a question, because I am a bit confused,
    These are publishing companies who do not charge if they choose to publish your book, correct? I noticed that in all of them in the submission rules, they all require you to write a marketing plan and sales figures? Why is that, what is the reason why they ask for this, isn’t that part of they would do instead?
    I appreciate if you can answer to this question! Thanks

    • Dear Anna,
      Thank you for writing. You are welcome for my research.
      Here’s the story on a marketing plan:

      Publishers want to know 3 successful books that are similar to yours. They also want to know about your marketing plan…how you are going to help promote and sell your book.
      Do you have a blog? Website? How many followers do you have? How many people will you be able to reach to tell about your book?
      Will you do guest blog posts to tell about your book? Have book signings at book stores? Readings at the public library? For organizations?

      They want to know if you’re in to help as much as they are in selling your book.

      It’s good to know your competition. It’s good for them to know you have plans on how to get the word out about your book. It used to be that this was essential only for non-fiction books, but it is getting where more publishers want a commitment from you that you will help promote and sell your book, too.

      I hope this helps. Follow your gut feeling. If a publisher doesn’t seem right, don’t submit to them.

      I hope you will subscribe to my blog. I have posted lots of information to help writers!

      Celebrate you and your gift of writing.
      Never Give Up

      • Joan,
        thank you so much, yes, of course I will subscribe to your blog,what you say makes so much sense, so that means that even if they do the major part in putting the book on the market, I have to do my own part as well? correct? But then it is not much different than just doing it on my own via Amazon and other similar sites? I guess the difference is that they also give you the opportunity to sell the hard copy in non-online bookstores, correct?
        Plz let me know how to subscribe to your blog, and where is the link to do so? I am checking the option to receive new posts too
        Thanks again :)

        • Dear Anna,
          I see where you subscribed to my blog. Thank you. Traditional Publishers have the ability to reach many more people than we usually can as a self-published author. Sometimes distributors won’t sell self-published books, although Amazon is now using Ingram to distribute its books. You are right, book stores do not usually stock Self-Published books. Your local book store might in a section called “local authors.”

          Either way, it’s good to have a marketing plan for your book – whether you self-publish or have Scholastic publish your book.

          Good luck with the publication of all of your writing.
          Believe in yourself.
          Never Give Up

  48. I appreciate this website. I have finished a manuscript on the timely topic of Race. In it I take a very open approach to the discussion of Race sharing many stories from my life, my parents and family’s experiences and some suggestions to bring down the increasing walls that seem to be building that separate people. I am shopping for a publisher and since this is my first manuscript have been stymied on where to begin. Thank you for your encouragement.

    • Dear Milton,
      Thanks for writing. How caring that you are writing a story about race! Questions to help you:
      You got me wondering. What is your focus? Acceptance, similarity, universal needs, hatred, or other? We definitely need insights into alleviating the problems that people deem have to do with race, but may be related to other things as well. Thanks for getting me thinking about all of this.

      I am glad that you’ve written a manuscript about this. Good luck in submitting it. The right publisher is looking for you. May you find each other soon.

      I’m glad my 27 Publishers post is helping you.

      Celebrate today. Don’t wait.
      Never Give Up

  49. Thank you for this awesome information. I was getting a bit down in the dumps and then stumbled upon this! (it is like gold in my pocket).

    • Dear J.T., Thank you for writing. I’m glad the information helped you look up! Good luck with your writing.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

  50. What do I do if I am not sure how to classify my book? I ask because two are BDSM books, the other an erotica novel and the other two books are easy to classify.

    • Dear Tracy,
      Thank you for writing. It seems to me that you already have the classification of your erotica books, correct. Good luck with your writing.

      Joan Y. Edwards

  51. Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications is also taking submission.


    • Dear Douglas,
      Thanks for writing. I checked out your website. Thanks for letting me know that you are taking submissions. Good luck with your publishing endeavors. Thanks for helping writers get their work published!

      Never Give Up

  52. No writer can ever thank you enough

    • Dear Safa,
      Your thanking me is wonderful and it is quite enough. I wish you good luck in getting your manuscripts published.

      Never Give Up

  53. Thank you so much for this site. chock-full of wonderful, useful information; and thank you too for proudly flying the flag of optimism.

    I’ve now had four books published through PODs, and one through an e-book, but I’d really like to get finished by a brick-and-mortar publishing house (every author’s dream, if they’re being honest)

    My latest MS I’m quite proud of and hoping I can sell it. It’s in the tradition of Mice and Men but of course different, about a young man riding the rails during the Great Depression. Because of the narrative it comes in at 130,000 words, well over the industry standard of 90,000, and I’m really hoping . it’ll catch someone’s attention.


    • Dear Robert,
      Thank you for writing. You are welcome for the information on my blog. I am glad you have found helpful information there. If there is information you’re curious about, let me know and I’ll research it and maybe I’ll do a blog post about it. Here is a BookEnds Literary Agency blog post about word counts for books: http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2009/07/word-count.html.

      Are you in a writing critique group? Perhaps a member could tell you if your writing is riveting all throughout? Or see for yourself if you can condense or drop scenes that do not forward your plot and your readers forward.

      I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog from the left-hand column. Two free gifts.

      Read about Pub Subbers. If you want to join us, that would be great. We have 2 men in our group and about 20 ladies. We encourage each other to submit our manuscripts to publishers, agents, critique groups, and contests.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

      • I think you’re right, Joan. The MS is way too long. I knew that but I hoped the integrity of the storyline would save the day. Now I doubt it, even though I’ve had a nibble. And if anything comes from that I’ll probably have to shorten it anyway. I’ll leave the original as is, copy and paste it into a new document and go from there.

        Live some, learn some.

        • Dear Robert,
          Thank you for writing. When you tighten it, search through to make sure every paragraph is about the main problem. If it doesn’t, delete it. Save it in a folder for other great stories of Robert Hunting. It’s possible that you can shave off a bunch of words that way.

          Celebrate you!
          Know that in revising your manuscript you are creating more gold in it.
          Never Give Up

  54. Dear Joan,

    ‘Never give up.’ My late father used to say that to then put it straight into practice. He would add, ‘There is no such thing as defeat, only experience.’ With this in mind, he made many a time the impossible possible. Thus, I try to follow his example.

    I have never published a book before. I have written and revised (ten times) a memoir with a self-deprecating title. In Australia, the sole mention of the title has made a number of people laugh. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, interspersed with significant national and international events as backdrop, it is in great part the story of my then famous radio announcer father, a great philanthropist, and that of my family who at times suffered the consequences of his fame in a country of which very little is known.

    Among the dispossessed, my father buried hundreds, but it wasn’t a crime because they were already dead. In order to accomplish this, he had in place contra-deals with funeral parlour owners in exchange for radio advertising. He even buried on contra-deal basis a poor family member.

    Despite these tragic-comic episodes, those were zany,creative,liberating times. People were free in the true sense. Free to laugh and ridicule authority, the local politicians, even the President of the nation, and for mostly a Catholic country, even the Pope. Albeit, looming in the horizon was an unfamiliar dark cloud.

    Now, where is the question: this is an easy to read story that is refusing to stay in eternal hibernation, it wants to be published. I think it seeks an international, mature readership. In my forthright way, what moves would you make to accomplish this? I have no agent, I am solo with my 850-page finished memoir.


    • Dear Fernando,
      Your father’s story sounds intriguing. If you could take it out of pitching it as a memoir and do it as a biography or historical fiction, it might help you find a home and readers who’d want to know about your father’s antics and times.

      Good luck to you.
      Never Give Up
      Go for it.

      • Dear Joan,

        Thank you for your encouragement and advice. I will try to find a home for my story.

        Kind regards,

        • Dear Fernando,
          You are very welcome. Believe in you and your story! Submit it to a publisher, agent, or contest.

          Never Give Up

  55. A very good list! Helpful.

    • Dear Cynthia,
      Thank you very much. I am glad you liked this list. I hope it helps you.

      Never give up,

  56. Joan,
    Thanks for the update. Your list has almost doubled. I combed for publishers who might be interested in my memoir project and noted some possibilities. Thanks again.

    • Dear Linda,
      You are very welcome for the update. You are right. My list has almost doubled. I’m glad you’ve found a few possibilities for your memoir project. There are some in the publishers listed in the poetry and small publishers website.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up

      • Good to see so much editor request for variety, although some houses are closed for now. Not that I’m ready, but some may be. Always pays to check the online updates.

  57. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing.
    You are right. It is always good to check their guidelines for the day you’re submitting. Times change. Submission guidelines change.

    Good luck.
    Never Give Up

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