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Unnamed Press
Biographies & Memoirs, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Short Story
Location - Los Angeles, US
Size - Small press
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks
Diversity - Diverse Literature
Submission format - Manuscript entries & queries - Submit here
Website - https://www.unnamedpress.com/
☑️ Indie publisher
☑️ Accepts submissions
💥 Hit titles

The Border of Paradise
Esmé Weijun Wang

The Confession of Copeland Cane
Keenan Norris

A Certain Hunger
Chelsea G. Summers
Seven Stories Press
Literary Fiction, Politics, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Fiction, Poetry
Location - New York City, US
Size - Small press
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks
Diversity - Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC
Website - https://www.sevenstories.com/
☑️ Indie publisher
💥 Hit titles

The Pandemic Pivot
John Feffer

The Involuntary Sojourner
S. P. Tenhoff

The New Handbook for a Post-Roe America
Robin Marty
Sourcebooks Fire
Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Diverse Literature, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Children's, Fiction
Part of - Sourcebooks > Sourcebooks Fire
Location - Chicago, US
Size - Mid size
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks
Diversity - Diverse Literature, LGBTQ, BIPOC
Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here
Website - https://www.sourcebooks.com/
☑️ Indie publisher
☑️ Accepts submissions
💥 Hit titles

The Bone Witch
Rin Chupeco

The Dark Tide
Alicia Jasinska

It Came From the Sky
Chelsea Sedoti
Algonquin Books
Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction
Part of - Workman Publishing > Algonquin Books
Location - Raleigh, US
Size - Small press
Formats - Physical Books, Audiobooks, Ebooks
Diversity - Diverse Literature
Website - https://www.algonquin.com/
☑️ Indie publisher
💥 Hit titles

Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen

An American Marriage
Tayari Jones

The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart
Melville House
Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, History, Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Location - New York City, US
Size - Small press
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks
Website - https://www.mhpbooks.com/
☑️ Indie publisher
💥 Hit titles

Cat Out of Hell
Lynne Truss

Debt: the First 5,000 Years
David Graeber

Fiasco
Imre Kertész
Grupo Santillana
Education & Reference, Nonfiction
Location- Madrid, ES
Size- Largest
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks
Website - https://santillana.com/en/
💥 Hit titles

Español Santillana
Santillana

That Is To Say!
Helene Auge et al

Skyrocket
Sarah Fash
Tor/Forge
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Historical Fiction, Westerns, Fiction
Part of - Macmillan > Tor/Forge
Location - New York City, US
Size - Mid size
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks
Website - https://us.macmillan.com/TorForge
💥 Hit titles

Mistborn
Brandon Sanderson

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke

Wheel of Time
Robert Jordan
Dundurn Press
Art, Architecture, Biographies & Memoirs, Business, Health & Wellbeing, History, Humor, Middle Grade, Mystery & Crime, Politics, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, True Crime, Young Adult, Literary Fiction, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's
Location - Toronto, CA
Size - Mid size
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks
Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here
Website - https://www.dundurn.com/
☑️ Indie publisher
☑️ Accepts submissions
💥 Hit titles

Persephone's Children
Rowan McCandless

Lost Shadow
Claire Gilchrist

Nothing Will Be Different
Tara McGowan-Ross
Saga Press
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction
Part of - Simon and Schuster > Gallery Books > Saga Press
Location - New York City, US
Size - Mid size
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks
Website - https://sagapress.com/
💥 Hit titles

This Is How You Lose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

The Hollow Places
T. Kingfisher

The Grace of Kings
Ken Liu
Europa Editions
Literary Fiction, Diverse Literature, Fiction
Location - New York City, US
Size - Mid size
Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks
Diversity - Diverse Literature
Website - https://www.europaeditions.com/
☑️ Indie publisher
💥 Hit titles

My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
Alina Bronsky
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What do book publishers do?
Sure, a book publisher prints and sells your book. But what they do behind the scenes encompasses much more than that. Publishers handle the entire publishing process for books, including: 
Note that the structure of publishing companies may differ, depending on their size. Bigger book publishers may be made up of publishing houses, which may in turn be made up of imprints — each of which will have its own brand identity in terms of the type of books it publishes. 
However, regardless of a publisher’s size, the scope of their work shouldn’t change. Once you sign with a publisher, they will do everything that it takes to bring your book to market. 
So who exactly are the “Big 5” publishers? 
The "Big 5" publishers is a nickname given to the five powerhouses in trade publishing:
Together, these largest publishers dominate the publishing landscape. Countless beloved books come from their imprints, many of which you’ll find in our directory. 
The other "Big 5" in publishing revolves around the huge educational market: many educational publishers are so large they dwarf traditional trade presses. These include: McGraw-Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson Education, Scholastic, and Cengage Learning. 
The rest of the publishing landscape is largely made up of small publishers, or independent publishers. Most big publishers don’t directly accept unsolicited submissions without a literary agent — but smaller publishers do, making them a realistic and worthwhile route to publication. 
I have a longlist of publishers. What next?
Congratulations! Now take a moment to thoroughly vet every publisher on your longlist. Scams are a dime a dozen in the publishing industry, and you want to make 100% sure that you’re dealing with a legitimate publishing company. Again, we strongly recommend reading this post and Writer Beware to know what red flags to watch out for.
When you’re confident in all of the publishers on your longlist, it’s time for the most nerve-wracking step: submitting your manuscript to them. 
If you’re feeling daunted by what comes next, check out our free resources. Whether you’re learning how to research publishers or how to personalize a submission, we've got you covered.
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