“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:
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. 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.
3. 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.
– Fantasy- Werewolf / shifter
5. 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
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: 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.
eKensington: 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)
NCM Publishing publishes all genres of fiction, non-fiction, self-help and young adult fiction.
8. Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications (Adults)
9. Sky Horse Publishing (Adult Non-Fiction)
10. XOXOX Press (Adults)
Adults and Children
11.Arthur A. Levine Books (Adults and Children)
12. August Books (Adults and Children)
Adult books about storytelling and collections of folktales.
Children’s books – Original folktales
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Meadowbrook Press (Adult Humor and Children)
16. 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.
17. 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
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. They are not accepting non-fiction (Feb.2016).
19. Sterling Publishing (Adult and Children)
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)
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)
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. Dial Books For Young Readers (Children)
27. Flashlight Press (Children)
Flashlight accepts only picture books.
28. Kane Miller EDC Publishing (Children)
29. 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.
30. Just Us Books and Marimba Books (Multi-Cultural Children’s books)
31. 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.
32. Little Pickle Press (Children)
33. Mighty Media (Children)
34. Month 9 Books (Children)
35. Onstage Publishing (Children)
36. Phoenix Yard Books, UK (Children)
Phoenix Yard Books publish picture books, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and illustration for children aged three to thirteen.
37. 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.
38. Sky Pony Press (Children)
39. 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
40. 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.
Search for publishers who might publish poetry or collections of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, etc.
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Check these resources for names of other 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
Adults and Children
- Missouri.org. “Book Publishers in Missouri:” http://books.missouri.org/book/export/html/394
- Pauline Rowson. “(UK) Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Submissions:” http://authorsonlineworkshop.blogspot.com/p/publishers-who-accept-unsolicited.html
- About.com. “Children’s Books: About Publishers and Getting Published:”http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/publishers/Publishers_and_Getting_Published.htm
- L. A. Speedwing. “Children’s Publisher Accepting Submissions (in UK):” http://laspeedwing.blogspot.com/2011/10/childrens-publishers-accepting.html
- Linda Williams. Webjunction.org. “Children’s Book Publishers:” http://www.webjunction.org/documents/connecticut/Children_039_s_Book_Publishers.html
- 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.
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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