“40 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts” by Joan Y. Edwards
Your revised and edited manuscripts are saying:
“Send me to a publisher. Send me. Send me. I’m ready!”
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:
Updated January 3, 2017. I added a few and took out a few who no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts. Thanks for reading. Good luck with the publication of your work.
Some companies may offer you the opportunity to self-publish or vanity publish with them. Don’t do it. Go to a traditional publisher who does not charge you money for anything. I plan to make a list of self-publishing companies that I know are reputable during 2017.
1. Baen Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines Specialized
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. Blaze Vox Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines –
3. Chelsea Green Publishing (Adults) Submission Guidelines Specialized
4. DAW Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines Specialized
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.
5. Chicago Review Press (Adults) Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoirs
6. Diversion Books (Adults)
Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. Uses Submittable Software for submissions.
Hub City Press is not looking for the following categories: romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery, cookbooks, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. Please do not send us a query if your book has already been self-published, even only as an eBook.
9. Joffe Books (Adult Novels)
- 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
10. Kensington Publishing Corporation (Adults) Fiction and Non-Fiction. See this submission page for more information.
10. NCM Publishing (Adults and Young Adult)
NCM Publishing publishes all genres of fiction, non-fiction, self-help and young adult fiction.
11a Press 53 (Adults poetry and short stories)
Uses Submittable Software for submissions.
11b. Regal Crest Non-Fiction (Adults)
Topics of interest to both alternative (GLBTQ) readers as well as mainstream readers including, but not limited to humor, popular culture, current events and politics, psychology, erotica, education, health, sports, travel, pets, biography and memoir, social issues, and history. We are also interested in anthologies and How-To books (such as writing instruction), and depending upon the approach, we may also be interested in topics in the fields of business, sociology, and religion.
12. Persea Publishing (Adult and Young Adult)
13. Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications (Adults)
14. Sky Horse Publishing (Adult Non-Fiction)
Search for small publishers who publish poetry or collections of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (memoir), etc. You can filter the genres and it will show you your choices.
16. City Lights Press (Adult and Young Adult)
Adults and Children
17. Arthur A. Levine Books (Adults and Children)
18. August Books (Adults and Children)Adult books about storytelling and collections of folktales.
Children’s books – Original folktales
19. Chronicle Books (Adults and Children)
20. Dream Big Publishing (Adult Novels, Middle Grade, Young Adult, 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.
21. Free Spirit Publishing (Children, Teens, Parents, Educators, Counselors)
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.
22a. Light Messages Publishing (Adult and Children)
22b. MuseItUp Publishing (Adults and Children) They have special times for submissions. Read their guidelines.
23. Pants on Fire Press (Adult Fiction and Children)
24. Peachtree (Adults and Children)
25. Sterling Publishing (Adult and Children)
26. Stone Pier Press (Adult and Children) Specialized about food and the environment
27. 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.
28. Albert Whitman & Company (Children)
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.
29. 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.
30. Charlesbridge (Children)
Charlesbridge offers free activities and downloadable items: http://www.charlesbridge.com/client/client_pages/downloadables.cfm
31. Curious Fox (Children)
Curious Fox does not publish picture books
32. Dawn Publications (Children)
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.
33. Dial Books For Young Readers (Children)
34. Flashlight Press (Children)
Flashlight accepts only picture books.
35. Guardian Angel Publishing (Children)
Open to submissions only from JULY 1 to AUGUST 31, 2017.
35a. Ideals Children’s Books (Children)
36. Holiday House (Children)
37. Just Us Books and Marimba Books (Black and Multi-Cultural Children’s books) Click on Contacts and scroll down for submission guidelines.
38. 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.
39. Little Pickle Press (Children) Middle Grade and Young Adult
40. Onstage Publishing (Children) chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult novels
40a. Ripple Grove Press (Children) Picture Books only (Ages 2-6)
41. Saguaro Books, LLC (Middle and Young Adult)
Saguaro Books, LLC is a publisher of middle grade and young adult fiction by first-time authors. They also accept unsolicited manuscripts.
42. Sky Pony Press (Children)
43. Tall Tails Publishing House (Children)
Small independent children’s press, Krystal Russell, Phone: 918-770-9923,
Charlotte Dillon has an awesome list of publishers and agents and many resources: http://www.charlottedillon.com/PubsAgents.html
Check these articles for romance publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts:
- Karen Fox. “(Romance) Publishers:” http://www.karenafox.com/publishers.htm (worldwide)
- RTBookReviews. “Seven (Romance) Publishers Now Accepting Manuscripts:” http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/seven-publishers-now-accepting-manuscripts
Updated January 27, 2017.
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/
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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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.
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
- Laura Backes. Posted on George Angus blog. “How to Wow Them with a Perfect Query Letter:” http://tumblemoose.com/childrens-book-publishers-how-to-wow-them-with-a-perfect-query-letter/
- Laura Backes. “Six Steps to Make Your Children’s Story Sparkle:” http://www.writing-world.com/children/backes1.shtml
- Mary Kole. Kid Lit.com. “The Early Reader and Chapter Book Market:” http://kidlit.com/2010/10/22/early-reader-chapter-book-market/
- Virginia Lloyd. “Australian Writers Think Twice before Diving into the Publishers Slush Pile:” http://virginialloyd.com/vblog/australian-writers-think-twice-before-diving-into-the-publishers-slush-pile/
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