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The 2016 Guide to Manuscript Publishers – 104 Traditional Book Publishers That Don’t Require Agents

by Emily Harstone.

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The 2016 Guide to Manuscript Publishers – 104 Traditional Book Publishers That Don’t Require Agents

Over the past three years, I have reviewed a publisher almost every week for Authors Publish Magazine. Some of these publishers are nearly household names, such as Chronicle Books or Bloomsbury. Others are fledgling companies still trying to figure out their identity. Many of the publishers fall between these two extremes.

All of the reviews in this book were originally published in our magazine. The reviews have been updated to reflect any changes that have occurred within the company since the original review took place. This was an important and time-consuming project. Some of the changes that occurred with a publisher were minor; others were not. Many print companies who we reviewed early on have since started new digital first imprints.

Fifteen of the publishers in the first edition of the book have been removed from the second edition of this book because they either started charging submission fees, closed to unsolicited submissions, or went out of business entirely. Around half of the publishers that did not make it into the second edition were removed because they closed to unsolicited submissions, and now they accept only agented submissions.

The other more unfortunate trend that we have seen increase is that established traditional companies have started vanity-publishing imprints. We must emphasize that we are only reviewing the traditional publishing arm of any company and not the vanity-publishing arm. We do not recommend working with a vanity publisher.

All the information in this book is as up to date as possible at the time of publication, but details can change at any time, so verify specific information on the company’s website if you are serious about submitting to them. Not all of the publishers reviewed in this book are currently open to submissions, but the majority of them are.

When reading this guide, it is important to know that every publisher that we review must meet a number of standards.

All of the publishers must be open to any author regardless of their nationality and country of residence. Unfortunately, this eliminates a number of quality Canadian publishers.

All of the publishers must be traditional publishers, which means that they must pay their writers for their work. It also means that they must never charge their writers anything to publish their books. This eliminates all vanity publishers, including companies that claim to be traditional publishers but charge their writers extra for cover design, editing, or other services. If a publisher tries to make you pay them, they are a vanity publisher.

All of the publishers we review must be open to submissions without an agent at some point in the year. It is not that we don’t like agents, some are great, some are not. There are definitely pros and cons to having an agent, and we leave that decision up to you. Most of the publishing companies we review are open to agented submissions as well; a few are not. Also, a number of publishers—particularly in the science fiction genre—prefer that you do not have one.

We also try and wait at least a year before reviewing a company, so that they can publish a few books and have a track record. So, even if we list a publisher as new, they are at least a year old.

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