15 Top Independent Publishers That Authors Should Know About
If you’ve always dreamt of being traditionally published and have either being rejected by large publishers, or just don’t want to work with them, you do have other options. There are numerous small and mid-market presses who might be just the type of publisher that would be interested in your book. In this article, we take a look at 15 such publishing houses.
And Other Stories is a social enterprise publisher, based in High Wycombe in England. The organization publishes translations of world-class international works, making these available to people in the UK. Founded by Stefan Tobler, And Other Stories publishes contemporary fiction and also non-fiction books, including books written in the English language.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.andotherstories.org/about/contact-us/
Decadent Publishing is an Alaska-based publisher specializing in romance (and its different sub-genres) and also mainstream fiction. If you do get a deal with Decadent Publishing, then there are options to publish your work in ebook format and print as well. Lisa Omstead is CEO of the company.
If you’re an author of gay romantic fiction, they you may want to consider Dreamspinner Press based in Tallahassee, Florida. Dreamspinner Press publish stories as ebooks, and audiobooks and can also create translations in languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish, among others. They offer a full service to every author they work with, including editing, cover design and marketing. Dreamspinner Press also has an international distribution network.
Submissions guidelines: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/pages.php?pID=6&CDpath=0
Based in Florida, eTreasures Publishing publishes numerous different genres, including romance, children’s books, fantasy, new adult, science fiction, horror, action-adventure, mystery, thriller, non-fiction, and many more. The organization publishes both ebooks and books in print.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/pages/Submissions.html
If you write in a sub-genre of romance, or write erotic romance or urban fantasy, then Evernight Publishing are currently looking for submissions. Stacey Adderley heads up over at Evernight Publishing, which is a Canadian organization, and is both a digital publisher and a print-on-demand one.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/pages/Submissions.html
Liquid Silver Books runs out of Indianapolis in Indiana and are specialists in publishing romance genres and romance sub-genres. Liquid Silver Books is an epublisher providing a full service to authors who they contract with. The founder of the organization is Raven Moore who is supported by a whole team covering areas such as sales and marketing, editing, and production.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.lsbooks.com/author-w3.php
Loose Id Publishing is a California-based publisher of erotic romance and its various sub-genres. Loose Id Publishing is a growing company, and is run by four individuals; namely Alisa McKnight, Doreen DeSalvo, Karen Williams and Treva Harte. Alisa McKnight, Treva Harte and Karen Williams are also co-founders of the company.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.loose-id.com/submissions/
8. Phaze Books
Phaze Books publishes ebooks and print books in genres including women’s romance, romance, erotic romance and all their various sub-genres. Among others, these sub-genres include contemporary and romantic comedy, science fiction, horror, interracial, urban fantasy, steampunk, and vampires. Phaze Books was established in 2004 and the Managing Director of the organization is Bob Sanders.
Phaze Books is currently closed for submissions. If you would like to check back in the future, you can do so at the following link: http://www.phaze.com/static.php?section=submissions
Founded in 1999 in Cambridge, Salt Publishing is a UK-based award-winning independent publisher who publishes different genres, including plays, poetry, literary biography, crime fiction, science fiction and short stories. Salt Publishing accepts submissions from agents only. The company accepts authors from across the world.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.saltpublishing.com/pages/submissions
Samhain Publishing started in 2005 and specializes in publishing romance and horror in various sub-genres of these two main genres. They also publish science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy. Samhain Publishing has an international reach, publishing works in both ebook and print format. The president of Samhain Publishing is Christina Brashear who founded the organization.
Submissions guidelines: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/static/write
11. Seren Books
Seren Books is a small publisher of books by authors in Wales, and have published numerous award-winning works. A major goal of the organization is to give the world access to high-quality books by Welsh authors. Seren Books publishes top-class poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.serenbooks.com/seren/submissions-policy
12. Shearsman Books
Shearsman Books is a specialist poetry publisher in England, and founded Tony Frazer in 1981. Other than poetry books, Shearsman Books also considers literary criticism that is based upon poetry. The organization publishes poetry works by poets in the UK, Ireland, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Shearsman Books also publishes poetry translations from any language with particular focus on Spanish, German and Latin American works.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.shearsman.com/shearsman-book-submissions
Headed up by Melissa Millar, Solstice Publishing is based in Denver, Colorado. Solstice is primarily an ebook publisher and can also publish in print through using print-on-demand. They accept submissions via e-mail in various genres such the following, along with their sub-genres: science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, contemporary fiction, romance, suspense, thriller, erotica, New Adult, western and Christian fiction.
Submissions guidelines: http://solsticepublishing.com/submissions/
14. Torquere Press
Writers of LGBT romance may want to check out Torquere Press, as this organization focuses exclusively on this genre and its sub-genres. Torquere Press is primarily an ebook publisher and selected stories can be made available in print. Kristi Boulware and Joanna Talbot head up the organization.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.torquerepress.com/submissions.html
Owned by Karen Fuller, World Castle Publishing is a publisher of ebooks and trade paperback and has been operating since 2011. They accept fiction submissions including genres such as mystery, suspense, thriller, romance, action, adventure, western, and young adult, among others.
Submissions guidelines: http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/submission-guidelines.html
Editor’s Note: This article was first published in July 2015.
Also published on Medium.